Horse Odometer

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

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.
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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