Horse Odometer


From Munsey's Magazine, 1895. (via Paul Collins)
Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 05, 2013
Category: Inventions, Travel, Nineteenth Century


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I've wondered, down through all the years of my life, just what the heck are those "odos" that are being measured?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/05/13 at 10:37 AM
Hodos is Greek for journey.
Posted by BMN on 02/05/13 at 11:41 AM
These are still used. Check out the wheels on a cargo trailer next to you while going down the highway. One of those timeless inventions.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 02/05/13 at 12:06 PM
@BMN: η οδός (h odos) is "the road" but my Greek source is looking into it.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/05/13 at 01:36 PM
The problem with free.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/odometer
Posted by BMN on 02/05/13 at 02:29 PM
According to first-century Roman historian Vitruvius, Archimedes is the one who invented it.
Posted by tadchem on 02/05/13 at 03:02 PM
Good ol' Archimedes, was he in that movie with So crates and Beeth oven?
Posted by Todd on 02/05/13 at 03:42 PM
How about an odorometer to see how much stink the horse leaves behind??
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/05/13 at 04:42 PM
@BMN: Inpat42 looked into it and came up empty. There is a subset of the noun that means "to walk" but that's as close as it gets.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/05/13 at 10:19 PM
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