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Metre

In 1983, the fifth legal definition of the metre was the the distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. length of the meter was redefined at the 17th meeting of the international body Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures (GCPM) by a method to give greater accuracy. It superceded the fourth legal definition adopted on 14 Oct 1960 based on a spectral line of kryton. Earlier definitions included the distance between marks on the international prototype metre bar made of platinum-iridium alloy (28 Sep 1889). Before that, the metre was decided that it should be one ten-millionth of the distance from the North Pole to the equator (1 Aug 1793), and the earliest concept was the length of a pendulum with a half-period of one second (8 May 1790).«

Drummer Problems

A musical director was having a lot of trouble with one drummer. He talked and talked and talked with the drummer, but his performance simply didn't improve.
Finally, before the whole orchestra, he said, "When a musician just can't handle his instrument and doesn't improve when given help, they take away the instrument, and give him two sticks, and make him a drummer."
A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section: "And if he can't handle even that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor."

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