Spot on, and yes Bingalau that's basically it. The story goes that Radhanath Sikdar was working under Andrew Waugh surveying the Himalayas and calculated the height of Peak XV (now Everest) to be 20,000ft. He was worried that such an exact height for a mountain wouldn't be believed so he reported it to be 20,002ft - thus putting two feet on the top of Everest. Although I do wonder if Fruit Bat /\0/\ might have a point.
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