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(Guardian)   Having decided that Brexit was disruptive enough, Boris Johnson wants to bring back pounds and ounces and get rid of those pesky metric weights   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2022-05-28 3:02:04 PM  
What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.
 
2022-05-28 3:07:52 PM  
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2022-05-28 4:04:44 PM  
Well, that's one more way to isolate yourself from the world.   The US, Liberia and Myanmar would like the company.   I guess he's going for the blue passport/newspaper wrapped fish and chips crowd.
 
2022-05-28 6:01:38 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


Us Brits have a fantastic system. When it's cold we use Centigrade. ("Brrr, it's minus two!") But when it's hot we use Fahrenheit.  ("Phew, it's over ninety!")

Dewey Fidalgo: Well, that's one more way to isolate yourself from the world.   The US, Liberia and Myanmar would like the company.   I guess he's going for the blue passport/newspaper wrapped fish and chips crowd.


In practice little would change. Milk is sold in one, two, four or six pint cartons for example.
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Strawberries are sold in random weights of 400g, 227g, 220g, 130g and so on.
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What difference would it make if they were a pound, half pound, quarter pound?

Why not use both and let customers decide. If Tescos sell stuff by the pound and customers don't like it they'll go back to metric. He's not talking about banning metric.

Why not let customers choose? That 227g pack of strawberries is half a pound, eight ounces. Why not print "8oz. 227g" on the pack and let customers choose?
 
2022-05-28 6:14:22 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


Bollocks. What feels intuitive to you is purely down to what you were brought up using. I've got a vague idea of how Fahrenheit temperatures compare to Celsius, but to get an accurate feel of what a Fahrenheit temperatures is, imma have to convert it to Celsius.
 
2022-05-28 6:23:26 PM  
So long as my car still gets 40 rods to the hogshead
 
2022-05-28 6:38:27 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


C and F....

Because of where I lived, I have a weird gap. I understand cold weather in C. And hot weather in F.

But a day that is in the mid 60s/high teens. Complete gap in my lived experience
 
2022-05-28 6:39:54 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Us Brits have a fantastic system. When it's cold we use Centigrade. ("Brrr, it's minus two!") But when it's hot we use Fahrenheit.  ("Phew, it's over ninety!")


Surely you're kidding..

Gubbo: C and F....

Because of where I lived, I have a weird gap. I understand cold weather in C. And hot weather in F.


Jesus.
 
2022-05-28 6:58:58 PM  

puffy999: Carter Pewterschmidt: Us Brits have a fantastic system. When it's cold we use Centigrade. ("Brrr, it's minus two!") But when it's hot we use Fahrenheit.  ("Phew, it's over ninety!")

Surely you're kidding..

Gubbo: C and F....

Because of where I lived, I have a weird gap. I understand cold weather in C. And hot weather in F.

Jesus.


Centigrade makes sense when talking about cold because zero is freezing. And when it's hot ninety is a much bigger number than thirty two....
 
2022-05-28 7:00:56 PM  

ArkAngel: So long as my car still gets 40 rods to the hogshead


That's another issue. All our street signs and speed limits are in miles and miles per hour, but fuel is sold in litres. So a car will get thirty miles per gallon where higher is better but in metric it is litres per 100km where lower is better.
 
2022-05-28 8:52:24 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


Wot's this? I'm hearin fancy-Nancy elite talk here. I bet u want the UK to rejoin the chavs in the EU too, eh bruv? That the economy would be sooo much better if we did. Well lads I say we teach this Nancy a lesson, eh?  *Grabs a slice of super-hard British baguette and menacingly slides it across a plate of stale, surprisingly expensive chips*
 
2022-05-28 9:07:41 PM  
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2022-05-28 9:34:02 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


That is absurd.  If you really think you can tell the difference between 73 and 74 Fahrenheit, you're lying to yourself.  Celsius has plenty of accuracy for setting a thermostat.
 
2022-05-28 9:34:40 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Us Brits have a fantastic system. When it's cold we use Centigrade. ("Brrr, it's minus two!") But when it's hot we use Fahrenheit. ("Phew, it's over ninety!")


We Canadians do the same thing.

It's because 30C doesn't sound very hot and 30F doesn't sound very cold.

/same thing with height. 180cm sounds too tall and 1.8m sounds too short so feet/inches work better.
 
2022-05-28 9:34:52 PM  
In every universe Boris Johnson is a clown & an embarrassment.
 
2022-05-28 9:36:09 PM  

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How many Rhode Islands is that?
 
2022-05-28 9:36:16 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


Celsius:
Water freezes - 0
Water boils - 100

Fahrenheit
A specific salt water mixture freezes - 0
The temperature of one particular cow's tongue on one day - 100

Fahrenheit is bullcrap
 
2022-05-28 9:38:37 PM  
Conservatives still have a grudge with the metric system?  How long are you guys are going to lose your shiat over a set of measurements used by most of the world?
 
2022-05-28 9:38:44 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


I disagree.

It doesn't matter what temperature scale you use, the women will complain it's too cold when it's already too hot for the men, and this range will vary wildly depending on the local clime so visitors  won't fit in.

No temperature is comfortable for anyone.
 
2022-05-28 9:39:09 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Well, that's one more way to isolate yourself from the world.   The US, Liberia and Myanmar would like the company.   I guess he's going for the blue passport/newspaper wrapped fish and chips crowd.


Freedom ain't divisible by tens!
 
2022-05-28 9:40:51 PM  

leeksfromchichis: bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.

I disagree.

It doesn't matter what temperature scale you use, the women will complain it's too cold when it's already too hot for the men, and this range will vary wildly depending on the local clime so visitors  won't fit in.

No temperature is comfortable for anyone.


And dads will continue to have psychic abilities that will alert them when someone touches the thermostat.
 
2022-05-28 9:41:50 PM  
Bo Jo looks at choice and a decision that means exactly nothing, will accomplish about the same thing, and preemptively declares Victory!

Very PrimeMinisterial much wow, so good, blue passports and wot wot?
 
2022-05-28 9:41:52 PM  

iron de havilland: bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.

Bollocks. What feels intuitive to you is purely down to what you were brought up using. I've got a vague idea of how Fahrenheit temperatures compare to Celsius, but to get an accurate feel of what a Fahrenheit temperatures is, imma have to convert it to Celsius.


Here's a handy dandy conversion chart

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2022-05-28 9:43:22 PM  
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2022-05-28 9:43:56 PM  
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2022-05-28 9:46:59 PM  

anuran: bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.

Celsius:
Water freezes - 0
Water boils - 100

Fahrenheit
A specific salt water mixture freezes - 0
The temperature of one particular cow's tongue on one day - 100

Fahrenheit is bullcrap


sounds more like it's bulltongue.

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2022-05-28 9:48:12 PM  

etoof: iron de havilland: bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.

Bollocks. What feels intuitive to you is purely down to what you were brought up using. I've got a vague idea of how Fahrenheit temperatures compare to Celsius, but to get an accurate feel of what a Fahrenheit temperatures is, imma have to convert it to Celsius.

Here's a handy dandy conversion chart

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Below 7 is cold. low teens is shorts and T-shirts, higher than that I let the dogs have a guddle in the river to cool down on their walks.

Simples.
 
2022-05-28 9:51:04 PM  
Humanity is smarter and more advanced than ever. We've mastered the planet, our global economy offers us access to treasures from near and far. We can communicate around the world effortlessly. We collectively have access to every fact and figure literally in the palm of our hand.

So why are we led by the dumbest pieces of shiat who ever lived?
 
2022-05-28 9:51:19 PM  
Speaking as a size-fetishist, metric is a better measuring system... But imperial is sexier.

I mean, which would you rather have...! A woman who's 1km tall, or a woman who's 3280 feet tall? 👀
 
2022-05-28 9:52:42 PM  
Does this mean that we don't have to drink those shiatty 330 ml (11.1 oz) bottle beers any more?

If's it's not a 20 oz pint, it's highway robbery.
 
2022-05-28 9:53:19 PM  

Great_Milenko: Humanity is smarter and more advanced than ever. We've mastered the planet, our global economy offers us access to treasures from near and far. We can communicate around the world effortlessly. We collectively have access to every fact and figure literally in the palm of our hand.

So why are we led by the dumbest pieces of shiat who ever lived?


Humanity is more advanced than ever... But we're actually the exact same monkeys we were 10,000 years ago.

I look forward to future archeologist unearthing my 3D printed Krystal from Star Fox model, and going "ah yes, another statuette of the fertility Goddess!"
 
2022-05-28 9:53:40 PM  
Then go to the old school sovereigns, guineas, farthings, and other weird monetary denominations. Gobshiates.
 
2022-05-28 9:54:47 PM  
To revive the glory of Britain, they must return to the practice of putting things on top of other things!
 
2022-05-28 9:54:53 PM  

IamAwake: bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.

That is absurd.  If you really think you can tell the difference between 73 and 74 Fahrenheit, you're lying to yourself.  Celsius has plenty of accuracy for setting a thermostat.


Have your 88-year-old mother in law move with you and see if you still feel that way.
 
2022-05-28 9:56:06 PM  
On What's my Line, Groucho Marx asked a French lady what her measurements were.  She explained they were measure differently in France at rattled off her numbers in centimeters.  Groucho yelled "viva difference!" and I was told to.leave the room.
 
2022-05-28 9:59:03 PM  

IamAwake: bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.

That is absurd.  If you really think you can tell the difference between 73 and 74 Fahrenheit, you're lying to yourself.  Celsius has plenty of accuracy for setting a thermostat.


2 degrees is twice as warm as when it is 1 degree out
 
2022-05-28 10:00:17 PM  
Didn't we just do this?

What are we doing here again?
 
2022-05-28 10:01:50 PM  
Brits peaked during Stonehenge.  Change my mind.
 
2022-05-28 10:01:51 PM  

MattytheMouse: Speaking as a size-fetishist, metric is a better measuring system... But imperial is sexier.

I mean, which would you rather have...! A woman who's 1km tall, or a woman who's 3280 feet tall? 👀


Trick question.

Which one will eat you, and against all known laws of biology then become pregnant with you as her baby?

Come on Matty, you should know the important things.

;D
 
2022-05-28 10:01:56 PM  
It's impossible to measure how desperate Boris is for distractions.
 
2022-05-28 10:03:29 PM  

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2022-05-28 10:04:12 PM  

puffy999: Carter Pewterschmidt: Us Brits have a fantastic system. When it's cold we use Centigrade. ("Brrr, it's minus two!") But when it's hot we use Fahrenheit.  ("Phew, it's over ninety!")

Surely you're kidding..

Gubbo: C and F....

Because of where I lived, I have a weird gap. I understand cold weather in C. And hot weather in F.

Jesus.


Those systems weren't around in his day. Imagine being taught and having to use both growing up if you can.
 
2022-05-28 10:04:28 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


When I was living in the UK, I totally ate humble pie over "Oh, you Americans are so stupid you use Fahrenheit for no reason and everyone else uses Celsius." I was all, "Yeah, we're dumb, I'm sorry."

And then I tried to take home some recipes I really liked from people I met there, and realized that they only knew to set their ovens at "Gas Mark 5" or "Gas Mark 6," and had no damn ideawhat those translated into in terms of any real temperature system. They based all of their cooking off of not Celsius or Fahrenheit, but off the totally arbitrary dials set by a manufacturer almost a century ago.

And now that they've started changing those recipes? Oh, they're using Fahrenheit.

So when UK folks try to smugly inform you how stupid it is to use Fahrenheit, ask them what "Gas Mark 5" is.
 
2022-05-28 10:05:36 PM  

MattytheMouse: Speaking as a size-fetishist, metric is a better measuring system... But imperial is sexier.

I mean, which would you rather have...! A woman who's 1km tall, or a woman who's 3280 feet tall? 👀


Both are so tall that I'd have to go UP on them.
 
2022-05-28 10:05:46 PM  
I'm fine with letting businesses sell their goods in whatever measurements the locals like.
 
2022-05-28 10:06:31 PM  

etoof: iron de havilland: bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.

Bollocks. What feels intuitive to you is purely down to what you were brought up using. I've got a vague idea of how Fahrenheit temperatures compare to Celsius, but to get an accurate feel of what a Fahrenheit temperatures is, imma have to convert it to Celsius.

Here's a handy dandy conversion chart

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You can sit in a 100 degree Celsius Finnish sauna and not die.
 
2022-05-28 10:07:11 PM  

bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.


I just learned about this recently. It just came down to thermometers. The guy who invented the mercury thermometer Jean-Pierre Christin decided to take Celsius' scale and reverse it (Celsius' original scale was backwards 0 = boiling) for his new thermometers. Those thermometers got really popular in Europe and were the only type of thermometer most people had ever used. They just weren't that common yet. And that's why Europe ended up switching to Celsius.
 
2022-05-28 10:07:20 PM  

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Yeah, it was the French who invented the metric system. Nice try, Britbongs.
 
2022-05-28 10:08:06 PM  

anuran: bloobeary: What about temperature?

Fahrenheit works better for determining human comfort levels, and Kelvin works better for scientific accuracy.

Celsius has no reason to exist, except that someone decided to metric all the things just because.

Celsius:
Water freezes - 0
Water boils - 100

Fahrenheit
A specific salt water mixture freezes - 0
The temperature of one particular cow's tongue on one day - 100

Fahrenheit is bullcrap


Yeah it all got screwed up with accurate thermometers and nobody adjusted the scale. 100f was supposed to be body temperature and 200f was supposed to be boiling, but old instrumentation....

There was a good radio program about how the human body temperature is documented to be falling since they started keeping track during the civil war, it's actually several degrees cooler.
 
2022-05-28 10:09:18 PM  

Duncan1972: puffy999: Carter Pewterschmidt: Us Brits have a fantastic system. When it's cold we use Centigrade. ("Brrr, it's minus two!") But when it's hot we use Fahrenheit.  ("Phew, it's over ninety!")

Surely you're kidding..

Gubbo: C and F....

Because of where I lived, I have a weird gap. I understand cold weather in C. And hot weather in F.

Jesus.

Those systems weren't around in his day. Imagine being taught and having to use both growing up if you can.


Oh God... did they use °George, whereby 100°G was the rectal temperature of the King in any given year!?
 
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