The importance of using the correct units was dramatically demonstrated in the Hubble space telescope mirror fiasco.
It was long assumed that the error was caused by improper unit usage/conversions, though it seems that may have been disproven later on. The current theory has to do with warping of the lens due to uneven heating.
Not propagating, simply pointing out what many people thought versus what was actually determined.
Who's trying to add credibility to fabricated stories? I'm not denying that it was an urban legend.Many people? Who? Where were those specultions published? It was the early '90s, so pre-internet, but you should be able to find a publication that quotes one of these many people - I sure couldn't. Was is Many People at the water cooler in your office?
Can you tell that Many People have learned to throw the BS Flag when Some People use the unsubstantiated "Many People are saying..." phrase to add credibility to completely fabricated stories.
Many people? Who? Where were those specultions published? It was the early '90s, so pre-internet
Pre-WWW perhaps, but not pre-Internet - the Internet was available in the late 80's, well before browsers and WWW - I was there back then, using DOS prior to Windows Internet programs becoming available. In the early WWW days I even BOUGHT a browser