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Four pictures appear below for your consideration. Without blaming anyone in particular for this measurement miff I submit that the lesson to be learned is to question EVERYTHING -ESPECIALLY if the U.S. Government is to be depended on at any level as a factor in your judgement of what the truth of any matter is. I don't blame the government for the mis-measure below since I have no faith in them anyway. I just wonder what they are doing with all our tax money if, in the end, a simple student ruler cannot be trusted.
Take a look specifically the lengths of the rulers - the purpose for which they are designed. Which is right? A girl I asked laughed and told me "take the cheaper one!"
Just so you can determine for yourself if I can depend on either school ruler I've put a live round from a Kalashnikov in the picture because I wanted to provide a standard for you to judge measurement accuracy by.
By the way, I didn't know the camera was that horrible either.
UPDATE JULY 12, 2009 UPDATE JUNE 11, 2009 BRIAN BROUGHT THIS UP PINEWOOD DERBY RULES
UPDATE JUNE 8, 2009 Panel finds lax oversight re war profiteers
UPDATE JUNE 8, 2009 NASA has money to burn, maybe they can make rulers for the kids
UPDATE JUNE 10, 2009 Read this UK article - still an irrelevant point?
UPDATE JUNE 11, 2009 BRIAN BROUGHT THIS UP PINEWOOD DERBY RULES
UPDATE JULY 20, 2009 Graeme MacQueen takes NIST apart brick by brick