An Odd Couple: Those Who Measure Herring

An Odd Couple: Those Who Measure Herring

There are even various discrete units included [in Encyclopedia of Scientific Units, Weights, and Measure: Their SI Equivalences and Origins], such as the perfect ream, which is 516 sheets of paper, and the warp, which is four herrings; it is used by British fishermen and old men at kiddush.

– from The Half Life of Facts by Samuel Arbesman

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