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In 1852, the first official calculation of the height of Mount Everest was performed. All six measurements that were made were different. Averaging the six results (between 28,990 feet and 29,026 feet), the result was 29,000 feet exactly. Not wanting to publish what looked like an estimate, the people who made the calculation randomly added 2 feet to the value publishing the value of 29,002 feet.

In 1852, the first official calculation of the height of Mount Everest was performed. All six measurements that were made were different. Averaging the six results (between 28,990 feet and 29,026 feet), the result was 29,000 feet exactly. Not wanting to publish what looked like an estimate, the people who made the calculation randomly added 2 feet to the value publishing the value of 29,002 feet.

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    Were these measurements made by high school math students by chance?
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    hahaha people are silly
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