Especially the French, since they practically invented the meter and produced a platinum bar of that exact length in 1799 (the International Prototype Meter) that still can be seen at the Pavillon de Breteuil near Paris. I once visited this place to look at the meter since it is a nice example of the ideals of "exact science".
But behold, after the meters invention it was discovered that:
- the meter is no natural measure after all. The idea of one ten-millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the equator had to be abandoned since earth is not a perfect globe.
- the meter bar finally produced is actually a little short due to miscalculations
So much for exact science. Of course, the meter does seem to be a more exact measure than an average man's thumb.......