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It's from 4chan and meant to be provocative to get a response from Americans.. who usually point out that Europeans are all cowards and socialists. :)
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Hahah, oh wow. never got why Americans can't just stick to metrics and Si units. It just makes so much more sense...

Well, maybe that's why.

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Well they're not subservient sheep like all you Europeans, obviously.


That and inertia, too, at least for the day-to-day matters. I still get a better sense of someone's height when they say they're 6'3" than I would for 190 cm or something along those lines.

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Actually I'm not bothered b y the Imperial vs Metric split. I'm happy mixing it all up and using both.

The one that bugs me is the month-day-year thing... ;)

Edit: And to move on to more amusing, but accurate things..

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Edited by Raithe, 04 February 2012 - 06:31 AM.

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Well they're not subservient sheep like all you Europeans, obviously.

Yeah, says the Canadian. :lol:

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Imperial measurements make a lot of sense for anything designed around people. I still buy food by the pound rather than kilo because you can tell easily how much you need. And as Malc says, feet and inches tells you people's heights a lot better. I only use metric for mm because it's so much more convenient than saying teenths of an inch or whatever if you're measuring plate metal (for example).

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You only know that because of past reference not because it's a better system. I happen to know that a carton of milk weighs around 1 kg, so I know what I'm dealing with.

A foot is what.. it's not even the length of a foot, or the average length of a stride. That would make sense. You might as well call it an 'elbow' for all the real world inference you can get from it.

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A foot is what.. it's not even the length of a foot, or the average length of a stride. That would make sense. You might as well call it an 'elbow' for all the real world inference you can get from it.

Danes used to have an 'Alen' (Ell), which was more than an elbow (an arms length = two elbows?) Danish units of measurement

Ell as an old Germanic unit of measure.

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A foot is actually the size of my foot, so I have no idea what Gorgon is talking about. Actually my foot is an inch short, but when wearing a shoe that pretty much makes it about right.

This means it is easy for me to work out the square footage of place simply by walking it. I'd have a bit more trouble working out the meters.

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Just for Gorgon (and apropos the elbow unit).

cubit - A biblical unit of distance. It is the distance between a man's middle finger and his elbow. It is about 18 inches or 45 centimeters. A cubit is divided into 6 palms or 24 digits.

Other funny units:

barn - Those nuclear physicists are a funny bunch. They define a "barn" (yes, from the saying "as big as a barn") as a cross section of an atomic nucleus. It is 10-28 m2. This unit of measurement is used when these physicists/comedians need to quantify the scattering cross-section of particles. An outhouse is defined as 10-6 barn and a shed is 10-24 barns.

klick - It's military-talk for kilometer. The term became popular in the 1960s among American soliders in Vietnam, though some believed it had been used as early as the 1950s by soldiers stationed in Germany. It probably came from the "k" and the "l" in "kilometer," but I suspect the soldiers thought it was cooler to say klick than kil-o-meh-tur. (Source)

jerk - Ever feel a jerk of the car when you accelerate fast? Well, engineers define a jerk as a unit of the rate of change of acceleration. 1 jerk is equal to 0.3048 m/sec3.

From this website

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A foot is actually the size of a foot, from memory. So yes, as Hurlshot points out it's a blinding straightforward unit to use.

EDIT: Maybe not your feet, as such. But it's a simple thing to imagine.

If you were measuring, say vehicle interiors, having everything in forearm lengths would be much easier to work with.

Edited by Walsingham, 05 February 2012 - 05:07 AM.


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A foot is actually the size of a foot, from memory. So yes, as Hurlshot points out it's a blinding straightforward unit to use.

EDIT: Maybe not your feet, as such. But it's a simple thing to imagine.

If you were measuring, say vehicle interiors, having everything in forearm lengths would be much easier to work with.


My sister has a size 35 (8,20 inches) foot, my girlfriend has a size 37 (8.88 inches) foot, I have a size 43 foot (10.56 inches), a friend of mine at work as a size 45 (11.25 inches). Tell me again how a foot is a helpful system of measurement.

This chart might also help.

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I still get a better sense of someone's height when they say they're 6'3" than I would for 190 cm or something along those lines.

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The point is that I know roughly how big it is, Pid. Not that I know precisely how big it is.

And working in tens is all very well, but working in threes is how people actually function easily.

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The point is that I know roughly how big it is, Pid. Not that I know precisely how big it is.

And working in tens is all very well, but working in threes is how people actually function easily.

A margin of error of around 10-20% translates to quite a bit you know.

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The point is that I know roughly how big it is, Pid. Not that I know precisely how big it is.

And working in tens is all very well, but working in threes is how people actually function easily.


I can look at a length and roughly tell how many meters it is. It's called practice and habit.

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Well, maybe so. Let us salute, and move on.

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A meter will always be a meter. But a foot? What, small foot, Big foot? What shoe size? Or do they mean step distance? I'm confused.

Those whacky Imperialist pigs Brits.




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