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Where did the mile come from?

The mile was first used by the Romans to measure long distances.  “Mile” is from the Latin “Milia Passuum,” meaning “A thousand paces.” A mile, as we know, is a unit of measure equal to 5,200 feet.  The mile was first used by the ancient Romans.  “Mile” is from the Latin words “milia passuum,” meaning …

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Where did the letter Z come from?

Man first tried to write down his language by drawing pictures of objects on rocks and other surfaces. Some scholars think that in the beginning the letter “Z,” the last letter in our alphabet, came from a symbol the ancient Egyptians used for a weapon. In making the first alphabet, the Semites, who once lived …

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What are the Roman Numerals?

The ancient Romans used numerals that look like letters.  To write any number they had to use the letters I, V, X, L, C, D and M.  The numbers 1,2,3 were written, I, II, III.  Number 4 was written IV, or d (V) minus I, number 6 was VI, or 5 plus one, and so …

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