In Reply to: The Whole Nine Yards posted by David FG on August 10, 2009 at 18:41:
: Maybe there is something deeply flawed in my maths (which is very possible) but by my reckoning 17.5 x 1.5 isn't 27.47.
You're right even a slide rule would have done better. 26.25 feet, but still less than a foot from 9 yards. Actually if you used the exact rule for l = PI (r/3) then l = (3.14159) * (17.5/3) = 18.3259 feet; the 1.5l = 27.4889 feet. You get my first length if you use PI to two decimals. Thought I had used l ~ r when I posted, but you pick em:
PI ~ 3 l = 17.5 feet and 1.5l = 26.25 feet
PI ~ 3.14 l = 18.3167 feet and 1.5l = 27.47 feet
PI ~ 3.14159 l = 18.3259 feet and 1.5l = 27.4889126 or 27.49 feet
BUT BACK TO THE original question: is this close enough to the Whole Nine Yards? May not have been the first use but sure kept it going in the 60's.