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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2014, 06:00:09 PM »

 %)  There used to be a man who had a stall in the market in Rotherhithe (pre metric days) who could work out in his head any money sums, i.e. 12x 1- 6s- 3d without any trouble but could  not read or write, all the other stall holders used shout over to him their bills and he would work it out for them even with half pence or farthings in the sum, I just wonder how he got on with the new metric coinage as I mover away and never saw him again,Ray. ;D ;D   
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2014, 06:16:36 PM »

Sparky shouldnt that be halfpenny? (half pence was a decimal unit that they soon phased out) or to those that remember it - APE-KNEE  {-)

The farthing was further sub-divided to half farthing and quarter farthing also.
 

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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2014, 06:30:45 PM »

 ;)  Your right mate,I stand corrected been a long time since I pennies in my pockets,mind you people then were better at adding up no computerised tills then and a lot more difficult than metric money, had a ten bob note in your pocket and you felt like a millionaire,Ray. %)   
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2014, 07:00:09 PM »

I think the continuing popularity of Imperial reflects the fact that it offers more measurement options than metric, particularly as far as fractions are concerned. as a baby boomer I'm happy to take the best of both worlds. Keeps the brain active!

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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2014, 07:25:37 PM »

On further research I found the Barleycorn remains in official use, in measuring UK and Irish shoe sizes.  From a nominal maximum size 13 (13") downwards each full size is one Barleycorn less in length.

An Acre was the maximum that could be ploughed by a single oxen in one day, a Hyde the amount able to be ploughed in a year.

A Sheppy was defined by Douglas Adams as the minimum distance at which sheep look picturesque, stated to be 1.4km.

1 milliHelen;  Helen of Troy was of such beauty that history states her face launched a thousand ships. Thus a milliHelen is a unit of beauty capable of launching one ship.
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #30 on: August 21, 2014, 08:29:42 PM »

Does anyone measure air/steam pressure in stones per acre? %%
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2014, 08:46:14 PM »

Being British we do and use what suits us best. In industry we are usually told what to use, but the rest of the time its whatever suits, 3ft10mm works for me. But all the Imperial measurements were human based. Arm, hand, joint etc . Good for life. In the water industry I do like Metric volumes though M/cu Ltr at work. And miles per gallon. Crazy
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #32 on: August 21, 2014, 10:15:37 PM »

I am totally metric - unfortunately the Dockyard is still mired in Imperial so I am constantly having to convert for my workmates over to age of 30.  Those under 30 find Imperial very wierd and have to ask me to convert what the old boys are asking into metric. Lucky I have unlimited data on my phone so I can Google the conversion - I know it's cheating but apart from 1 inch = 25.4 mm (or there about) I can never remember


Still order pints of beer as the bar staff get confused when you ask for a large beer.
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #33 on: August 21, 2014, 10:38:17 PM »

How long is a Springer in furlongs?  And how fast is it in furlongs/fortnight?????   :o %)
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #34 on: August 21, 2014, 10:59:06 PM »

Furlongs, hmmm is that to do with chest hair?
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #35 on: August 21, 2014, 11:06:52 PM »

A woman who is one millihelen must be equal to one bugly itch.
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #36 on: August 22, 2014, 12:35:11 AM »

As a person rooted in Physics, I quite like the

barn.MegaParsec

A barn is approximately equal to the cross sectional area of a Uranium atom. A Mega Parsec is a distance just a bit beyond the Andromeda Galaxy. Multiply them together and you get a volume.

11 of these is a unit of whisky.  :-))

Andy

think you've had one too many units tonight andy,..........or is that mega parsecs  {-) {-) {-) %% %% %% %% %% %% %%
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #37 on: August 22, 2014, 09:36:51 AM »

Betting odds have remained as fractions,15/2, 1/4,3/1 etc.


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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #38 on: August 22, 2014, 09:45:38 AM »

I was born and raised on pounds, shillings and pence...feet and inches, I still travel in miles per hour, and buy my food in pounds and ounces.


I've tried hard to get into these here new fangled things, and given up...it's all wrong to me to ask for a kilo of potatoes. I still go in to the pub and ask for a pint of Guinness... %)


If (IF) I have to use these foreign terms I rely on Google Converter...


I'm British and proud of it!


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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #39 on: August 22, 2014, 09:49:28 AM »

Hi,

I have to confess that on my Edwardian Steam Launch, I have a digital display that I have programed to show the steam pressure in kiloPascals (kPa) one of the reasons being that it avoided using a (wasted) decimal point than if I displayed the pressure in Bar. I supposed I wanted to use Bar instead of psi, because I spent the last twenty years in a fully metric power station.

Moving from older to power stations to the more modern ones, you had to be cautious on the high pressure systems especially when previously the boiler pressure gauges would indicate
2500 psi and then the new power station equivalent gauge would be showing 170 for the same pressure. Somehow the number 2500 made you more cautious than the measely 170.

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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #40 on: August 22, 2014, 10:01:15 AM »

Have to laugh - while clearing the last draw of old junk in my bench at work I found a booklet.
"The Chief Executive Royal Dockyards Guide to Metric"
Strangely enough it is in mint condition!
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #41 on: August 22, 2014, 11:08:39 AM »

I was born and raised on pounds, shillings and pence...feet and inches, I still travel in miles per hour, and buy my food in pounds and ounces.


I've tried hard to get into these here new fangled things, and given up...it's all wrong to me to ask for a kilo of potatoes. I still go in to the pub and ask for a pint of Guinness... %)


If (IF) I have to use these foreign terms I rely on Google Converter...


I'm British and proud of it!


Rich

Same here we must be of similar age.

However living part of the year in Spain makes for oddities cropping up, for instance go in the local and asking for a pint of beer is a no-no, it's either cerveza grande (big beer) which is about 1/2 a litre, this depends on the glasses they have and not the liquid quantity!
Or for a definate 1/2 litre you have to ask for a cerveza tanke- which is actually the glass it being similar to the imperial tankard. %%

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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #42 on: August 22, 2014, 11:28:58 AM »

 <:(

Do not get tired to try to understand the metric system (it is true that it is very complicated)

Soon the world is going to pass in that:



 http://www.chine-informations.com/guide/unites-de-mesure-chinoises-systeme-shi_1354.html
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #43 on: August 22, 2014, 11:51:06 AM »

 :o ...clearly we see GAZOU that China has embraced a "ten fold....or metric system" which is intelligent if not brilliant  :-))......however I only see the volumes of liquid that directly relate to Western units......

1 gě 合 = env. 1 dl
1 shēng 升 (10 gě) = env. 1 litre
1 dǒu 斗 (10 shēng) = env. 10 litres

So from this we see that China can produce a dǒu 斗 container of liquid & they will dual mark it ......... 1 dǒu 斗 - 10 litres"   O0

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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #44 on: August 22, 2014, 12:51:17 PM »

Roy, is that short tons or long tons?

Or Tuns (252 gallon barrels)
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #45 on: August 22, 2014, 12:56:05 PM »

How long is a Springer in furlongs?  And how fast is it in furlongs/fortnight?????   :o %)
Surely being nautical the distances should be in fathoms
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #46 on: August 22, 2014, 01:01:41 PM »

Betting odds have remained as fractions,15/2, 1/4,3/1 etc.


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we had an argument here in the office over betting odds, between one of our UK guys and one originating from foreign parts, apparently in Poland the odds are calculated as a percentage, and don't include the original stake, while here they are as fractions with the original stake included (or some such thing - I've never understood betting).
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #47 on: August 22, 2014, 01:49:29 PM »

Are betting odds fractions or ratios? Your starter for 10
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #48 on: August 22, 2014, 02:27:41 PM »

Hi Tiger t, unfortunately long tons.  Did you mean a short ton as 1 Mega grams?
regards Roy


Short ton is 2000 lbs, an American ton. Unlike the British ton, at 2240 lbs.


US tons, like their pints, a short measure.
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Re: Guide to Imperial Measurents
« Reply #49 on: August 22, 2014, 03:05:27 PM »

 :-)) Gallon too only 6 pints always thought they were a bit dodgy,sorry American guys only joking, I still have to divide kilo's by 2.2 to make sense of the weight involved also when I fill the car up multiply ltrs by 4.54 to  get gallons you get a shock when you find out how much a gallon of petrol now costs,when I got my first motorcycle it 4s-9d a gallon  not 6 quid,Ray {-) {-)   
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