81. Feet and Corn

11 Apr

FACT: In the United Kingdom and Ireland we measure our feet. This is not a particularly abnormal thing, after all most people measure their feet, the difference is the shoe sizes. Some use inches, others use centimetres. We do it a different way.

In Britain and Ireland the unit is barleycorns. This is approximately ⅓ of an inch. That’s it, the difference between a size 4 and a size 5 is one barleycorn. Although this unit is bizarre in nature it has spread from the UK and is also the basis of the US. So now you know the difference between the sizes, the answer is corn.

Note: a size 1 shoe is  not 1 barleycorn in length ie ⅓ of an inch, it has  to do with the length of the ‘last,’ but that is all very boring I assure you. Size 1 is just a calculated size 0 + 1 handsome barleycorn.

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Trivia


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One response to “81. Feet and Corn

  1. Cristin Schanzenbach

    April 11, 2011 at 08:21

    I just wanted to say, I indeed enjoyed your blog post and I added your link to my wordpress blog today as a recommended site. This is the blog I was looking for! Thanks


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