Fact #506: The original height of Mount Everest “was calculated to be exactly 29,000 ft (8,839.2 m) high, but was publicly declared to be 29,002 ft (8,839.8 m) in order to avoid the impression that an exact height of 29,000 feet (8,839.2 m) was nothing more than a rounded estimate.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest#Discovery

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