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(Telegraph)   The UK finally gets its priorities straight, returns Imperial measurements to classrooms so that everybody will always know what a pint is   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 26
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2013-01-12 11:25:02 AM
I thought they had already gone completely over to metric.
 
2013-01-12 11:26:04 AM
warble warble america derp metric warble
 
2013-01-12 11:26:15 AM
They get their priorities straight by taking a step backwards?
 
2013-01-12 11:27:04 AM
Sigh.
 
2013-01-12 11:29:47 AM
"I arst you civil enough, didn't I ?" said the old man, straightening his shoulders pugnaciously. "You telling me you ain't got a pint mug in the 'ole bleeding boozer ?" "And what in hell's name is a pint ?" said the barman, leaning forward with the tips of his fingers on the counter. Ark at 'im ! Calls 'isself a barman and don't know what a pint is ! Why, a pint's the 'alf of a quart, and there's four quarts to the gallon. 'Ave to teach you the A, B, C next. "

"Never heard of 'em ", said the barman shortly. "Litre and half litre - that's all we serve. There's the glasses on the shelf in front of you." " I likes a pint ", persisted the old man. "You could 'a drawed me off a pint easy enough. We didn't 'ave these bleeding litres when I was a young man." "When you were a young man we were all living in the treetops ", said the barman, with a glance at the other customers.
 
2013-01-12 11:29:58 AM
Oi!
 
2013-01-12 11:30:29 AM
I am telling you kids, you have to learn the metric system because the whole country is going to it "real soon".

/looking back, the derp started real early in my educational pathway
 
2013-01-12 11:30:41 AM
And American opponents of metric chuckle at the thought of the UK being unable to resist the sweet stupidity of Imperial. Make your kids fatter too, please!
 
2013-01-12 11:31:30 AM
Ah. A step backward because english youth would be lost if they didn't know what a stone, mile, or degree Fahrenheit was. This just seems like old people forcing their antiquated ways on the majority.
 
2013-01-12 11:31:32 AM
Metric volumes are easy to me. Soda cans have said 12 oz (354 mL) since I was a kid. Similarly, nutrition labels constantly reinforce to me that 1 oz is about 29 grams. But speeds, distances, and larger weights, I'm still totally lost. I have to get out a pen and paper almost to figure out how far 50 km is, our if 20 euros per kg is a good price.
 
2013-01-12 11:31:53 AM
Metric is silly when they don't use their own system's advantages. Like a piece of 0,04cm-thick plastic. WTF. Can we say "0,4mm" or something? Or the 600mm length of oak I bought for detail work. Really? 600mm? 60cm is no good? Or better yet, 6dm?
 
2013-01-12 11:32:54 AM

leevis: I thought they had already gone completely over to metric.


I thought they had already gone back to Imperial .
 
2013-01-12 11:33:52 AM
GentDirkly if 20 euros per kg is a good price.

Where do you need euros?
 
2013-01-12 11:34:03 AM

GentDirkly: Metric volumes are easy to me. Soda cans have said 12 oz (354 mL) since I was a kid. Similarly, nutrition labels constantly reinforce to me that 1 oz is about 29 grams. But speeds, distances, and larger weights, I'm still totally lost. I have to get out a pen and paper almost to figure out how far 50 km is...


Eight fifths.
 
2013-01-12 11:34:55 AM

Driedsponge: They get their priorities straight by taking a step backwards?


Not really, there is no real plans to remove the few remaining imperial units hanging about for various historical reasons, so it seems reasonable to ensure kids understand them and the common conversions at some point. Metric is still going to be the vast majority of what they are exposed to (in the classroom and real life), but it seems silly to try and pretend in the classroom they are not needed when they are used on every street, in virtually every car, and in many other situations.
/obviously it would be better to just bite the bullet and convert the last few things over, but that doesn't look like it is happening anytime in the next couple of decades at least
 
2013-01-12 11:35:03 AM

letrole: GentDirkly if 20 euros per kg is a good price.

Where do you need euros?


My wife just bought two lovely pairs of Lindy Hoppin' shoes from Merry England on teH Intarwebz.
 
2013-01-12 11:35:59 AM

Wangiss: letrole: GentDirkly if 20 euros per kg is a good price.

Where do you need euros?

My wife just bought two lovely pairs of Lindy Hoppin' shoes from Merry England on teH Intarwebz.


They made her pay in Euros. I don't know why. Maybe they were German. Or maybe I misremembered and now I'm trying to cover it up like a tard because it was freaking pounds for the love of Mike.
 
2013-01-12 11:37:18 AM
The standard metric system measures distances and weights
For mass and volume, length and height, it's used to calculate
Compared to standard U.S. measures, one can plainly see
The metric system's blunt efficiency

Yard versus metre
Quart versus litre
The pound squares off against the kilogram, you see
A decimal equation
Defines the U.S. nation
As fools afraid to change their terminology

The world has the kilometer, and we have got our mile
The time has come to face the facts and face them with a smile
So if those foreign weirdos try to ask us to conform
We'll blow their stupid countries all to hell
 
2013-01-12 11:39:08 AM
Most of the Imperials were British...actors.
 
2013-01-12 11:40:06 AM
Yet again, the Kaiser tries to undermine the authority of the sovereign.

LA-BOR-A-TORY

KILO-METER

THERMO-METER

BARO-METER

You could have had it all, but then you went all AL-U-MIN-I-UM on us.
 
2013-01-12 11:40:09 AM
Have British standard fasteners and pipe fittings gone away? Are those metric now?
 
2013-01-12 11:46:39 AM
What's better? A system that was cobbled together from tradesmen's own professional utility, or one imposed by scientists to reinforce their position as the only people who can do multiple-step arithmetic? The reason you like metric is because you don't have to think as much. It's the Hawaiian Language of measurement systems. Complex thought is what prepared England to take over the world. How's the Hawaiian Empire doing?
 
2013-01-12 11:51:04 AM

Spanky_McFarksalot: warble warble america derp metric warble


DERP! WE ALL DERP DERP NO METRIC!

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Americans use metric. How do we know what a 2-liter of Coke looks like? Or how big a 75 mg aspirin tablet looks like? Or what a 600cc engine looks like?

And if you bring a Toyota to get fixed, we're completely clueless since they all use mm and cm, right?
 
2013-01-12 11:57:15 AM
metric system is to measurement what esperanto is to language

metric system is a "lingua franca" that allows international trade and science, but it is not inherently more precise or logical than imperial

engineers are influenced by their measuring system in the same way that authors are influenced by the language they speak

now translate shakespeare into esperanto -- whilst remembering that armstrong landed on the moon in an imperial dimensioned rocket
 
2013-01-12 12:02:30 PM
GentDirkly: if 20 euros per kg is a good price.
letrole: Where do you need euros?
Wangiss: My wife just bought two lovely pairs of Lindy Hoppin' shoes from Merry England on teH Intarwebz.
Wangiss: They made her pay in Euros. I don't know why. Maybe they were German. Or maybe I misremembered and now I'm trying to cover it up like a tard because it was freaking pounds for the love of Mike.

You certainly are confused. Just calm down dear, and take a minute to get those alts straightened.
 
2013-01-12 12:08:10 PM

letrole: GentDirkly: if 20 euros per kg is a good price.
letrole: Where do you need euros?
Wangiss: My wife just bought two lovely pairs of Lindy Hoppin' shoes from Merry England on teH Intarwebz.
Wangiss: They made her pay in Euros. I don't know why. Maybe they were German. Or maybe I misremembered and now I'm trying to cover it up like a tard because it was freaking pounds for the love of Mike.

You certainly are confused. Just calm down dear, and take a minute to get those alts straightened.


Thanks, I took a couple deep breaths and I could sense the other personalities did, too.
 
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