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In old days, height of a person was expressed in old Russian system of measures units, namely arshins (1 arshin is 71.12 centimeters) and vershoks (1 vershok is 4.44 centimeters). So, a person could have height of 2 arshins and 10 vershoks, which is approximately 187 centimeters. Also, it was accepted that normal person would be at least 2 arshins height, so, arshins were often omitted (with 2 as default value) and only vershoks were used, like "His height is 10 vershoks".
This calculator converts height in centimeters into height in arshins and vershoks.