By a Nautical Mile

As you go about your day, puzzling over the elections (or perhaps regarding them with no bewilderment), may I offer an explanation of the nautical mile? I usually (not always) can explain it myself, but this definition offers a clear picture:

nautical mile is based on the circumference of the planet Earth. If you were to cut the Earth in half at the equator, you could pick up one of the halves and look at the equator as a circle. You could divide that circle into 360 degrees. You could then divide a degree into 60 minutes. A minute of arc on the planet Earth is 1 nautical mile. This unit of measurement is used by all nations for air and sea travel.

A nautical mile is 1,852 meters, or 1.852 kilometers. In the English measurement system, a nautical mile is 1.1508 miles, or 6,076 feet.

There you go, the nautical mile. . .