Girth not so large as rumored

GirthOfTaft.gifSo I decided to check out what was going on this date 100 years ago. I selected The Washington Times because it was a newspaper name I recognized, even though it is different from the current Washington Times, which was founded in 1982. I had been expecting some weighty discourse on, I don?t know, maybe industrialism or America?s nascent role as a world power. Instead what I got was this: William Howard Taft, the secretary of war who would go on to win the presidency the following year, is “not so large as rumored.”

So writes the author of the Library of Congress Blog.

Mathematics teachers, and art teachers, can use this photograph to teach estimation and calculation skills related to circumference and volume.