Re: cubits

Allan Harvey (
Tue, 03 Sep 1996 15:05:20 -0600

David Campbell wrote:

>Although one sees rumors that some state tried to legislate pi=3 based on
>this passage, the only actual legislation I know of was based on the claims
>of a crackpot that pi=4. It passed the committee but happened to be
>noticed by a mathematician who succeeded in talking the legislature out of

For those who are curious, more on this story, along with a reference to a
book that tells all about it, may be found under the "pi" entry under the
"FAQ's" section under the soc.religion.christian WWW home page. The URL for
the home page is:
The FAQ's section there also has info on other things that ASA members might
occasionally encounter, such as the urban legends of Joshua's long day,
Darwin's deathbed conversion, and 666 in UPC bar codes.

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