I remembered that the pilots made that incredible emergency landing and
afterwards, every time it was tried in a simulator, the plane crashed.
I think the pilot flew gliders for fun and actually used his glider
skills by side slipping the big plane to bleed off air speed. ^_^
True but as a desperation measure only as the aircraft will most
likely be totalled. That aside it is not in play in the Gimli Glider
incident. The side slip referred to was _in the air_.
I think the "standard cup" varies between countries too: 10 fl. oz. in
the UK, 8 fl. oz. in USA (half of their respective pints).
Of course the really odd thing is that American cooks measure
ingredients by volume in the first place, especially when "one cup" of
some ingredients (e.g., flour) could be subject to considerable
variation, depend on the degree to which it is packed.
Electronic kitchen scales (switchable between Imperial and Metric, of
course) were available in the UK before we could ever find any in the USA.
It's already happened. Looked at a container of liquid, lately? It's
already taught in schools. Perhaps not in K-12, but the minute you go
on to higher education, it's ALL metric. If you can't handle it, hit
the road, dolt! Machine tools and have all been in both SAE and
metric for decades. Most mechanical devices, from cars to toys, are
made with metric fasteners.
I think the primary reason the drive to change to metric petered out
back in the 70s is because the govt realized they'd have to pay to
change all those mile road markers to kilometers and reprint all the
milage signs. Weighed against losing votes to raise taxes and/or not
getting a raise in congress, screw a buncha metric! ;)
I grew up in England with speeds and distances using Imperial
measurements, but just about everything else using metric, and it never
seemed like a big deal - distance signs are really only there to provide
an estimate of how long a journey's going to take, and drive for any
length of time and you get a feel for where the vehicle's at in relation
to the signed speed limit anyway. It may as well all be in furlongs and
furlongs/minute for all I care.
When it comes to precise measurements, I do find that metric suits me
better for smaller-scale work, and yards/feet/inches works better for
e.g. working on the house, so I routinely make use of both. Thankfully I
don't work for NASA. :-)
Oh, I've got a couple of kids in middle school and one in elementary;
they seem to work in both systems interchangeably.
I find metric much easier to deal with. It's all base 10. The only
place it is not an advantage is temperature. Fahrenheit is more
granular than Celsius, at roughly 4 deg F for every 1 deg C.
You wanna see how screwy US measurements are? Ask yer avg American to
explain the difference between the weight of 1 oz and the volume of 1
oz. Whenever this subject comes up on rec.food.cooking, the mustard
is off the hot dog!! ;)
I was going to say the same. I was exposed to metric conversions in
K-12, but never in a 'practical' sense. It wasn't until college when I
realized metric was alive and well, and the high school should have
focused more on it.
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