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Old 07-30-2005, 05:00 PM   #111
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Britain changed to the metric system when I was in my teens - so I understand both of them. I still much prefer to cook in 'pounds and ounces', and love being able to pop a teaspoon/cup of an ingredient into something rather than weighing every little thing out. I prefer to measure short distances in millimetres/centimetres but definately prefer to measure fabric in yards and long distances in miles - I would have no idea if I'd walked a kilometre or not (btw, you Americans have to know how to spell LITRE and METRE correctly before you can use it LOL!). I prefer to weigh myself in STONES: pounds and kilograms are way too scary.

As a nurse and former scientist I agree that the metric system is vastly superior for that purpose....we still get doctors who write prescriptions in GRAINS for goodness sake, then us poor nurses have to convert to metric because the actual medication comes in metric doses...

As for darn Europe forcing us Brits to sell everything only in metric measurements....well I won't comment on that!

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Old 07-30-2005, 05:34 PM   #112
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well as I'm 6'5" and have a nice big hand...I'll just buy handfulls bulk @ .79 a handfull! forget weights and measures...
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Old 07-30-2005, 05:49 PM   #113
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It's also interesting to note that until the early 1970s (I think!) - the UK used Pounds, shillings and pence as its units of currency.... some of the coinage went back to medieval times - I think the penny was introduced by the Saxons.

There were 20 shillings to one pound, 12 pence to one shillings, oh and the highly eccentric 'guinea' - which was one pound one shilling. We had thruppenny (3 penny) 'bits', 'tanners' (sixpences), a bob (shilling), half a crown (2 shillings and sixpence) pound notes, ten bob notes, five pound notes etc....

Then we were forced, overnight, to adapt to a new metric money system. The sky did not fall! We STILL have pounds (only just though, as Bliar is determined at some stage to take us into the Euro!) - 100 pence to a pound.... Now, hey..... lemmmeeee think..... which OTHER large, English-speaking country uses 100 cents to a dollar type of METRIC/DECIMAL system of currency.... Hmmmmmm it'll come to me, I'm sure... just give me time.....
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Old 07-30-2005, 06:18 PM   #114
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Damp, you have been sniffing the gas tanks of the golf carts again haven't you?
ALIX! SHHHHH!!! Ixnay on the etricmay alktay! *they can hear us and are watching us! meet me in the cart bart at 0800 Zulu!*
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Old 07-30-2005, 07:46 PM   #115
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ALIX! SHHHHH!!! Ixnay on the etricmay alktay! *they can hear us and are watching us! meet me in the cart bart at 0800 Zulu!*
Roger that big daddy! *can I wear my spy goggles too?*
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Old 07-30-2005, 09:20 PM   #116
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Roger that big daddy! *can I wear my spy goggles too?*
Yeah, you're in Special Ops! Remember when we robbed the casino? You get to drop down from the chopper and force your way into the building with your weapon drawn!
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:41 AM   #117
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Bum bum ba da bum bum (theme from Mission Impossible) doo de le dooo....dooo de le dooo....


Wheres the chopper?? Oh wait, who needs a chopper? We hijacked this thread pretty good Damp!

OK everyone, back to the metric debates. Let me get you started...I LOVE the metric system because I am lazy. It is way easier to do conversions this way than in any other. GO!
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:55 PM   #118
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ALIX! SHHHHH!!! Ixnay on the etricmay alktay! *they can hear us and are watching us! meet me in the cart bart at 0800 Zulu!*
0800Z ? What is Johnstown Ohio, Z+6 or +7? A clandestine meeting at 1 or 2 in Johnstown, wouldn't that be a bit conspictuous?
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Old 08-02-2005, 10:32 AM   #119
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Georgeco, are you being a killjoy?

Damp and I don't care if we are conspicuous, and on his golf course, no one would think twice about seeing us.
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Old 08-02-2005, 07:38 PM   #120
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Being in Australia we use metric but my mum taught me to cook and she uses pounds and ounces so I got to learn both. But most recipes have cups, tablespoons etc. However if I get a recipe online I have to watch that the cup is the same size as ours lol. One day I am going to put a touch screen in the kitchen which has the internet so I can just bring up conversion tools while I am cooking instead of running in and out of my office.
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