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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: Necessary Or Not
By darlene thompson
01/16/13


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Measurements are something we

can't live without. They have come

from many sources. There are

descriptions of the Greek Parthenon

from Plutarch as well as references to

the Babylonia, Egyptian, Phileterian

of the Ptolemaic age, the Olympic

Systems of Greece, Roman and British.

The earliest uniform system of

weights and measurements were created

in the 4th and 3rd millenia B.C. in

Egypt, Mesopotamia and Indus Valley.

These were used to measure length.

Around 3000-1500 B. C., the inhabitants

of Indus Valley developed a

standarization of weights and measures.

The common cubit was the length of

the forearm from the elbow to the tip

of the middle finger. It was divided

into the span of the land (one half

cubit), the palm or width of the hand

(one sixth) and the digit or width of

the middle finger (one twenty-fourth)

and the span or length between the tip

of the little finger to the tip of the

thumb.

The Bible speaks of measurements

as well. The measures of hin, bath,

omer are mentioned. In addition, there

are descriptions of the dimensions for

Noah's ark and Solomon's temple.

Measurements have changed over

time. One such example occurred when

Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) decided

to change the measure of a mile by

invoking a statute. This changed one

mile to 5,280 feet or eight furlongs.

No matter how much measurements change,

we will always need them because we

use them daily.

Dennis Prager said, " Our

scientific age demands that we provide

definitions, measurements, and

statistics in order to be taken

seriously. Yet most of the important

things in life cannot be precisely

defined or measured. Can we define or

measure love, beauty, friendship, or

decency, for example? Measurements

may be necessary but aren't we glad

there are places in our lives that

can't be measured."


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/13
This is an interesting and well-written essay. You mentioned a few things that I hadn't heard of before. Make sure though, if you quote someone that you include the information in a footnote (An author's note doesn't add to the word count. I have never heard of Dennis Prager. You may want to cite the works from which you are quoting and tell the reader who the person is. You did a nice job of covering the topic in an educational and different way. Nice job.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 01/20/13
Because of your presentation, this factual piece came off almost poetic. Well done
CD (Camille) Swanson 01/22/13
Interesting piece. Nicely done. Thanks. God bless~