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Re: Metric/inchy

  • Subject: Re: Metric/inchy
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 21:50:13 -0500 (CDT)

----- Original Message -----
From: Krzysztof Kozminski <kk@kozminski.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 10:59 PM
Subject: Metric/inchy RE: Amorpholphallus titanum pollen request

On Tue, 23 Apr 2002, Wilbert Hetterscheid wrote:

ONE more, just this one, promise!
In the oilfields Americans use a steel tape for measuring lengths of drill
pipe, steel casing, etc., and this tape is divided into  regular 'feet',
BUT!!!!!--- the 'foot' on this special tape does NOT consist of 12 inches,
but instead is divided into 10 (yes, ten!) divisions, this makes for easier
additions and calculations!!!   So you see, at least in the oil fields
Americans are a LITTLE way toward the metric system!!!
I am NOT making this up!!!


> Now THIS is interesting! See how easy it is to make "miscalculations" when
> the equations between the different entities in your systems make no
> sense!!!!!!! HAH!! Got you there, non-metric sorry creatures!!!!!!

>>Heh, heh, this is completely off-topic, but you're still lucky that this
14 stone tuber weighs exactly 14 stones.

>>But, for example, in the US, the 1/2-inch thick plywood is really 31/64
inches thick, and a 2-by-4 inch piece of wood is really 1.5 by 3.5 inches,
unless it is rough 2x4, in which case it is exactly 2x4 :-)<<


"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity"

Krzysztof Kozminski

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