Originally Posted by cpttango30
Man I thought it was 6000' to a mile.
Oh wait that is a nautical mile. My bad.
Don't worry, a mile, originally, was 1000 paces of a Roman Legion. The whole "foot" thing is an artifact of England's Henry VIII.
Whenever you got a new King in the old days, you also got a new system of commercial measurements (not "always", but most of the time). Inch was the length of his thumb, a yard was the distance from his neck to the end of his fingers (with the arm outstretched), a foot was the length of his foot.
Henry's measurements were kept longer than usual because he was the biggest King they had both before and after his reign and thus his measurements provided the "best deal" for the customer.
So, the Roman "mile" was divided by the length of Henry's foot and you got 5,280 "feet".
All pretty arbitrary in the final analysis........