Not with alcohol duty it bloody isn't. Why should the government get money when I drink? The brewery did the hard work, not them.
My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?"
"No," she answered.
I then said, "Is that your final answer?"
She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, "Yes...."
So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."
And that's when the fight started...
72# = 72 pounds.
#72 = number 72.
My dad used to refer to some distances as 40 or 80 rods.
We still use gallons, pints, quarts, fluid ounces etc.
Miles, yards, feets and inches.
A meter in my world measures electrical stuff.
Most of us might be crazy but it's the crazy people that
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the
unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the
world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends
on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw.
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Why? 2T = 1oz 2oz = "double" 2 doubles = gill 2 gills = cup
2 cups = pint, 2 pints = halfG, 2 halfG = G, etc.
But, most folks don't care. They buy things in a "familiar
size" and think of that thing *in* that familiar size.
E.g., flour comes in 5 lb sacks; sugar (recently) in 4 lb.
OJ comes in (nominally) 56 oz containers.
Do you buy your ketchup by the liter? (I suspect ketchup,
here, is sold in a dozen or more different "sizes")
What about your horseradish? And, are your spices sold
in 1g, 10g and 100g units? Never "3g" or "7g"?
We also don't need to drag out a *scale* to bake things
as we KNOW that chemistries tend to require common rations
(e.g., 2:1, 4:1, etc.) and can use volumetric measures
(instead of laddling ingredients onto a scale).
How big is an "egg"? Do you have metric dozens of eggs?
Do you have 100 minutes in your hours? 100 days in your years?
"That must make school HELL!" -- having to remember TWO different
schemes of measurement, one that deals with radix 10 and others
that deal with 12's, 24's, 60's, 365's, etc.
Really? How many stones in a kg? How many 0's in a Billion?
Way too complicated. Metric is made that way for a reason. You seem to have chosen things that have 2 of something else in them. That is hardly ever the case. Yards in a mile? Pounds in a stone?
Easier when everything is in the same measure, either litres or kg.
All sorts of sizes, but we know what a gram is. The UNIT is always the same.
We can do that if we like. But a scale is easier to get that 4:1 ratio correct instead of guessing by how big the pile is.
It would be easier.
At least we made some of it easier.
Why would we use stones and kg?
O'Hare Approach Control to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, three miles, Eastbound."
United 239: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this... I've got the little Fokker in sight."
Do you really think people *care* how many yards are in a mile?
We buy *fabric* by the yard. We drive our cars *miles*.
The fact that they are related is a consequence of the fact that
they are both used to measure distances.
If you build a picket fence, are the slats 0.1 meters apart?
Are each of them 1.0 meters tall?
Why do you have all those pesky other integers between 1 and 10?
And, 10 and 100? Why not just label your "rulers" with a logarithmic
scale: it's either 1mm, 10mm, 100mm or 1m. Anything else must
make school HELL!
Why? If I tell someone I bought a "half gallon" of OJ, they
know exactly what I mean! They can visualize the size, shape
and weight of the container in their mind. The fact that it
*isn't* a "half gallon" isn't even important to them!
They buy a "sack of flour". Probably know that it is 5 pounds.
But, that's beside the point. Esp as flour tends to be consumed in
quantities of *cups*! Do you think people know how many cups
of flour are in a 5 pound sack? Do you think they care?
"I need to buy flour" or "I've got enough flour for this recipe"
That;s all it takes. We don't weigh the remaining flour and check to
see if it's enough for the next Rx we intend to make.
I guess our brains are capable of more complex assessments than
expecting everything to "end in zero"...
Do you even *know* that there is "no such thing" as a "large egg"?
How do you grade your fruit? Measure the circumference and
sort based on the nearest decimeter? Or, are "large oranges"
no more precious than "tiny oranges"??
And, when you have a third person show up for dinner, do you scale the
recipe (that "feeds two") up by a factor of *10*?
I guess we have learned to use *all* the numbers, on this side of
the pond. Not just the "easy ones"!
We don't imagine acres in terms of square yards. I doubt many people want
to cover their lawns with FABRIC!
How many liters in a swimming pool? How many liters does your BATHTUB hold?
(presumably most homes HAVE bathtubs -- wouldn't their owners want/need to
know how much water they can contain??)
Why are water heaters 40G, 50G, 80G, etc. Why not 150liters?
(Ooops! Make that 100 liters cuz 150 is such an "odd" number!)
I don't know anyone who buys milk in 7 gallon drums.
But, there are 8 pints in a gallon, so I'd guess 56.
How many thumbtacks in a kg of thumbtacks? How many sheets
of paper in a kg of paper? How many sheets would you need to cover
your back yard with paper??
We don't care. How many servings of french fries can you salt with
a kg of salt? How many hotdogs can you dress with a liter of mustard?
How many nails in a pound of 6d nails? Or, do you buy nails "per each"?
Ditto screws? Other hardware?
I have *one* recipe that uses 5 pounds (plus 2C) of flour.
Every other recipe uses some handful of cups (typ 3).
Yes. 3 * 7 = 21 radix 10.
What's so hard about that?
No, there isn't. There is a large *dozen* but not a large *egg*.
And, you don't sort "large" (premium) from "small"?
It is convenient when comparing how many times bigger someone's land is to yours, when one of you has a lot more of it.
Those are very useful when working out how long it will take to heat or fill one.
I've never heard a water heater called any of those things.
So much easier when it's 10 or 100 for everything.
Why are you confusing weight with numerical amounts?
n you get
You would if you owned a restaurant.
We buy a pack of 100 or 1000 nails. Why the fuck would we weigh them? I know for a project I will need a certain number of them. So many per plank of wood etc.
Much easier when everything is in g and kg.
sed on 10.
Remembering how many of each thing is in each bigger thing.
o qualify as such.
Yes there is. I can buy small medium or large eggs.
I pick up the ones I want from the shelf and put them in a bag, then weight them. I pay so much per kg.
Premium oranges would be on a different shelf.
And here I was thinking you were at least capable of a sensible discussion, even if you are wrong.
Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
I like that kind of thing. Somewhere I remember about a school kid saying:
What starts with "F", ends with "K", and is a whole lot of fun?
The teacher was a lot less upset when she heard that the answer was
There was this at the bottom of a page in "Reader's Digest":
I'm about 8 inches long, hairy at one end and with a hole in the other
end. I go in and out all day, and when I come out I'm covered in white goo.
Get your mind out of the gutter. I'm a toothbrush.
I don't know how city people measure lot sizes. We measure farm ground
in terms of sections (640 A) , half sections (320 A) , quarter sections
then 80s and 40s. A parcel of ground for sale might be advertised as a
but containing 156.83 acres. The odd numbers are because the roadways
in the general description I gave at the start.
Oh, almost forgot. A section is one square mile.
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The basic unit of time is the second. For smaller amounts of time they
use metric prefixes.
I sometimes think of what it would like to use metric prefixes for
larger units, like kiloseconds.
After 86.4 kiloseconds you run into the day, a natural period of time
that doesn't fit into this metric stuff. Reality gets in the way.
How about forgetting about seconds, and use days. Then you have the
milliday, (which is still longer than a minute). A microday would be the
period of time we used to call 86.6ms (milliseconds).
BTW, in our system the average year is 365.2425 days long. Unexpectedly,
that IS a whole number of seconds. There are 31,556,736 seconds in the
average year. That's about 31.5 megaseconds per year.
1 gigasecond is approx. 31.69 years.
1 terasecond is approx. 31.69 millennia.
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