An excerpt from the book, "Football: Pass, Punt & Kick" by Bryant Lloyd:"A football can be thrown accurately for a short distance or for more than 60 yards (just over 18 meters)!"
I'll look past all the other glaring mistakes in this book (such as pronouncing "forward" as "FAWR WURD", or "second down and 3.5 meters to go", to name a few), but to call this one "glaring" would be an understatement.
If you didn't catch the error, 60 yards IS NOT anywhere near 18 meters!
I'll tell you what I think happened. Instead of applying a conversion from yards-to-meters by calculating 60 yards x 0.9144 meters (since 1 yard is equal to 91.44 centimeters), this author decided to go ahead and do 60 yards / 3.28 feet (since 1 meter is equal to 3.28 feet). I don't know how feet have any place in this conversion between yards and meters, but since the author was intent on converting to meters and happened to remember this fact, he went ahead and tossed it in the equation. If you simply specify the units in the equation, it becomes obvious how little sense this actually makes:
60 yards / 3.28 feet = 18.29 meters (meters isn't even involved on the left side of the equation)
60 yards * 0.9144 meters = 54.86 meters (correct)
A simple glance at the paragraph would tell you this is wrong, even if you didn't know the exact conversion formula/numbers (some of you don't, and still caught the error). Most people generally understand that a yard is close to a meter in length, and thus the amount of meters should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 60.
Maybe I'm being picky here, but I have never seen the amount of errors in a book that I've seen so far, especially in a book targeted at an age group that still believes anything as long as it's in a book. What's worse is that the front matter of the book mentions the editing company, as well as when it was reviewed and published. #FAIL