How long is a furlong?

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A furlong is an ancient British unit of measurement.  Most commonly referred to today in joking about a person’s age.  A furrow is a trench that’s been made by pulling a plow.  The term furlong is how long a horse can pull a plow without stopping.  The unit was calculated to be 220 yards; I suppose in ancient Britain all horse could pull a plow the exact same distance.

Another interesting note is that when the Romans introduced the mile it was altered to accommodate 8 even furlongs.  This was done because everything was already measured in furlongs, now all they had to do was divide by 8 to get the same distance in miles.

Now you can say your car gets 80 furlongs to the gallon instead of 10 miles to the gallon.

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