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Self Measures

Every pioneer should know his exact personal measurement in the following details, of which I give the average man's measure:

  • Nail joint of forefinger, or breadth of thumb - 1 inch
  • Span of thumb and forefinger - 8 inches
  • Span of thumb and little finger - 9 inches
  • Wrist to elbow (this also gives you the length of your foot) - 10 inches
  • Elbow to tip of forefinger (called "cubit") - 17 inches
  • Middle of kneecap to ground - 18 inches

Extended arms, from finger-tip to finger-tip, nearly equals your height.

Pulse beats about 75 times a minute. Each beat is a little quicker than a second.

Step: a step is about 30 inches; about 120 steps equal 100 yards.

Fast walking steps are shorter than slow ones. When walking fast you walk a mile in 16 minutes, or nearly four miles an hour.


Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell (Chief Scout, London, UK)

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