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Missed DiRectiθn #1: The Foot

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Hidden : 02/16/2013
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:


This is a mystery cache and is not at the posted coordinates. Trust me on this one.

There are five caches in the Missed DiRectiθn series. Each of the first four caches contains a clue to the final cache location. Record each of the clues and use them to determine the Final mystery cache of the series. The four qualifying caches do not have to be solved in any particular order.

The caches in this series are:

GC45K32 - Missed DiRectiθn #1: The Foot

GC44NBR - Missed DiRectiθn #2: The Yard

GC45K39 - Missed DiRectiθn #3: The Meter

GC45K3F - Missed DiRectiθn #4: The Smoot

GC45K3P - Missed DiRectiθn #5: The Final

 

And so we begin, one step at a time...

The Foot

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Our modern-day foot-rule started out as the "length of a man's foot". In the early days of history, the foot varied in length, sometimes as much as 3 or 4 inches. Once the ancients started using arms and feet for measuring distance, it was only natural that they also thought of using fingers, hands and legs. What is now called an inch originally was the width of a man's thumb. It also was the length of the forefinger from the tip to the first joint. Twelve times that distance made a foot. Three times the length of the foot was the distance from the tip of a man's nose to the end of his outstretched arm. This distance very closely approximates what is called the yard. Two yards equaled a fathom which, thousands of years ago, was the distance across a man's outstretched arms. Half a yard was the 18-inch cubit, and half a cubit was called a span, which was the distance across the hand from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the fingers were spread out as far as possible. A hand was half a span. Can you remember all that? Good.

Okay, back to the foot. Historically the "foot" was also used in a number of other systems of units including those from Greece, Ancient Rome, England, Scotland and other European countries. However, the size of the measure varied from country to country and in some cases from city to city, mostly from about 250mm to 335 mm, The foot measure was also subdivided into 12 inches. Per Wikipedia, confusion between the British foot (304.8mm) and the French foot (322.5mm or 329.8mm) led to the myth of Napoleon's shortness. Even today, there are many variants ("survey foot", "metric foot", "Indian Survey foot") all defined relative to metric lengths.

Today, in the United States, a foot is defined as being 0.3048 meters exactly and it is subdivided into 12 inches. To avoid silly little quibbles about earth models and curvature of the earth effects, etc, we'll use Google Earth ground length as the authority.

 

N3955.823W8402.609R5017

N3956.234W8401.034R5123

N3956.445W8401.731R5660

 

Good luck! You can check your solution here:


Congratulations to gallaghd for FTF!!
STF: TommyGator
TTF: SM325

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

1. E vf gur qvfgnapr, naq θ vf gur qverpgvba. Ohg V'ir ybfg zl pbzcnff....
2. Fbyhgvba vf va sbez A39 aa.aan, J08j jj.jjo, naq purpxfhz n+o=9

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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