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(Global News (Canada))   Driver arrested after traveling 237km/h east of Toronto, judge releases suspect based on how every American reading this headline is Googling just how fast 237km/h is   ( globalnews.ca) divider line
    More: Obvious, Central West Division, Crime, Oshawa, Automobile, Durham regional police, dramatic high-speed chase, Whitby, Ontario, Criminal Investigation Department  
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2018-02-07 09:29:47 PM  
Well if 88 is 55, then he was going a little too fast.
 
2018-02-07 09:33:45 PM  
OK, I swear I'm not cheating.  I'm guessing about 128mph.
 
2018-02-07 09:34:37 PM  
I haven't looked either.

144?
 
2018-02-07 09:36:09 PM  

scottydoesntknow: I haven't looked either.

144?


Hey! Not too bad! I could get on Price is Right with that kind of guess.
 
2018-02-07 11:02:07 PM  
What the hell is a Toronto?
 
2018-02-08 01:15:05 AM  
That's fast...
 
2018-02-08 01:17:38 AM  

cretinbob: Well if 88 is 55, then he was going a little too fast.


Going 88 is how you get to '55.

/Great scott, you should know that!
 
2018-02-08 01:20:43 AM  

Earguy: OK, I swear I'm not cheating.  I'm guessing about 128mph.


Swing and a miss.
 
2018-02-08 01:21:16 AM  
Reading the article, the rest of his charge sheet from this one is interesting...  almost American levels of dumb, one might say.
 
2018-02-08 01:22:14 AM  

scottydoesntknow: scottydoesntknow: I haven't looked either.

144?

Hey! Not too bad! I could get on Price is Right with that kind of guess.


2.2ish Km per mile?  so something like 140?
 
2018-02-08 01:22:51 AM  
A Camaro? Somehow I doubt those are really capable of much past 120mph. Although even the GMC trucks can sustain 100mph, from my experience on closed courses.
 
2018-02-08 01:23:20 AM  
My Maserati goes that fast.

Well, went that fast.

I don't have a license anymore.
 
2018-02-08 01:24:46 AM  
3 rhode islands?
 
2018-02-08 01:33:44 AM  
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Double it, add 30.
 
2018-02-08 01:39:42 AM  
100 kph is 62 mph, easy to convert that way.
 
2018-02-08 01:48:22 AM  

MNguy: scottydoesntknow: scottydoesntknow: I haven't looked either.

144?

Hey! Not too bad! I could get on Price is Right with that kind of guess.

2.2ish Km per mile?  so something like 140?


I just remember that 1.6 km = 1 mile, so 80kmh = 50mph.

Figure 237 ≈ 240. 240/80 = x/50, so ~150mph unless you want precision.  Close enough for gov't work.
 
2018-02-08 01:53:21 AM  

wildcardjack: A Camaro? Somehow I doubt those are really capable of much past 120mph. Although even the GMC trucks can sustain 100mph, from my experience on closed courses.


My 2000 Trans Am with a 350ci LS1 310hp is governed to 172. I've had it up to 135 with the top down and three other people in the car, it was rock steady.

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//89k miles now
 
2018-02-08 01:53:29 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: MNguy: scottydoesntknow: scottydoesntknow: I haven't looked either.

144?

Hey! Not too bad! I could get on Price is Right with that kind of guess.

2.2ish Km per mile?  so something like 140?

I just remember that 1.6 km = 1 mile, so 80kmh = 50mph.

Figure 237 ≈ 240. 240/80 = x/50, so ~150mph unless you want precision.  Close enough for gov't work.


1.6 sounds about right.  what is 2.2 of anything?
 
2018-02-08 01:57:10 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: MNguy: scottydoesntknow: scottydoesntknow: I haven't looked either.

144?

Hey! Not too bad! I could get on Price is Right with that kind of guess.

2.2ish Km per mile?  so something like 140?

I just remember that 1.6 km = 1 mile, so 80kmh = 50mph.

Figure 237 ≈ 240. 240/80 = x/50, so ~150mph unless you want precision.  Close enough for gov't work.


That works. My head-calc errs on the low side; I just take half and then 1/10 and add them together, for a rough approximation of 0.60. If I'm really bored I'll throw in another 2% to get better accuracy. So - 237/2 =~119, 119+24=143. (adding another 4 if, like I said, I'm bored, which happens when I'm driving)

The neat thing is that the actual conversion factor is so close to the Golden Ratio that I do a similar thing in reverse: Miles plus half plus 1/10 is km. Easy to remember. Usually not so bad for headcalc. Wouldn't recommend it for sending a payload to Mars, though.
 
2018-02-08 01:58:58 AM  

wildcardjack: A Camaro? Somehow I doubt those are really capable of much past 120mph. Although even the GMC trucks can sustain 100mph, from my experience on closed courses.


The 2017 Camaro ZL1 topped out at 198 mph, at factory settings.  Chevy claims that with the proper adjustments, it can break 200.

I don't know that Car and Driver were ever able to get it there, though.
 
2018-02-08 01:59:19 AM  

MNguy: ArcadianRefugee: MNguy: scottydoesntknow: scottydoesntknow: I haven't looked either.

144?

Hey! Not too bad! I could get on Price is Right with that kind of guess.

2.2ish Km per mile?  so something like 140?

I just remember that 1.6 km = 1 mile, so 80kmh = 50mph.

Figure 237 ≈ 240. 240/80 = x/50, so ~150mph unless you want precision.  Close enough for gov't work.

1.6 sounds about right.  what is 2.2 of anything?


2.2 lbs 1 kg
 
2018-02-08 02:01:14 AM  

Meltro: MNguy: ArcadianRefugee: MNguy: scottydoesntknow: scottydoesntknow: I haven't looked either.

144?

Hey! Not too bad! I could get on Price is Right with that kind of guess.

2.2ish Km per mile?  so something like 140?

I just remember that 1.6 km = 1 mile, so 80kmh = 50mph.

Figure 237 ≈ 240. 240/80 = x/50, so ~150mph unless you want precision.  Close enough for gov't work.

1.6 sounds about right.  what is 2.2 of anything?

2.2 lbs ≈ 1 kg


It had to be something.  Thanks.
 
2018-02-08 02:08:16 AM  

Vaginosilicosis: This is why metric sucks

Fahrenheit-  0 is really cold, 100 is really hot.  We can relate to that.
Celsius- 0 is sorta cold, 100 is dead   What is really hot?  I dunno, like 40-ish?

MPH- 100 is really fast
KPH 100 isn't fast enough to merge on the highway.


50°C is the record high for Phoenix, AZ.  25°C is a good afternoon temp.  0°C is freezing.  Easy scale to learn.
 
2018-02-08 02:09:47 AM  

Dinjiin: Vaginosilicosis: This is why metric sucks

Fahrenheit-  0 is really cold, 100 is really hot.  We can relate to that.
Celsius- 0 is sorta cold, 100 is dead   What is really hot?  I dunno, like 40-ish?

MPH- 100 is really fast
KPH 100 isn't fast enough to merge on the highway.

50°C is the record high for Phoenix, AZ.  25°C is a good afternoon temp.  0°C is freezing.  Easy scale to learn.


37C or so is equal to 100F
 
2018-02-08 02:11:11 AM  
Cripes, my head remembers weird things apparently.  37 is human body temp.
 
2018-02-08 02:11:11 AM  
How many Rhode Islands is that?
 
2018-02-08 02:11:50 AM  

gerbilpox: How many Rhode Islands is that?


28 grams
 
2018-02-08 02:17:03 AM  

Vaginosilicosis: Dinjiin: Easy scale to learn.

12 is chilly, 25 is comfortable, 33 sucks.  Pass


Your scale is all kinds of farked up.
 
2018-02-08 02:27:37 AM  
FTFHL

every American reading this headline is Googling just how fast 237km/h is

It's exactly 237 km/hr.

What do I win?
 
2018-02-08 02:29:37 AM  
12 parsecs?
 
2018-02-08 02:30:55 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: FTFHL

every American reading this headline is Googling just how fast 237km/h is

It's exactly 237 km/hr.

What do I win?


2.37 hm/hr
 
2018-02-08 02:36:24 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: FTFHL

every American reading this headline is Googling just how fast 237km/h is

It's exactly 237 km/hr.

What do I win?


I once hash opel wagon uota 200 kph on tth auto bahn in Germany   you  have to be thinking so far ahead as things come up so fast, on an unpredictable public Rd with a lot of other drivers it was neither fun or exhilarating  I was still overtaken by a jerk in a merc though.
 
2018-02-08 02:57:01 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: FTFHL

every American reading this headline is Googling just how fast 237km/h is

It's exactly 237 km/hr.

What do I win?

2.37 hm/hr


237,000,000 mm/hr

/ pretty sure that's right
// kinda buzzed
 
2018-02-08 03:00:31 AM  
Sergeant: "You down with OPP?"
Canadians who don't want to die in a fiery crash: "Yeah, you know me!"
 
2018-02-08 03:01:30 AM  
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2018-02-08 03:06:53 AM  

flyingbiscuit: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: FTFHL

every American reading this headline is Googling just how fast 237km/h is

It's exactly 237 km/hr.

What do I win?

I once hash opel wagon uota 200 kph on tth auto bahn in Germany   you  have to be thinking so far ahead as things come up so fast, on an unpredictable public Rd with a lot of other drivers it was neither fun or exhilarating  I was still overtaken by a jerk in a merc though.


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                      "Couldn't understand a word."
 
2018-02-08 04:12:24 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: My Maserati goes that fast.

Well, went that fast.

I don't have a license anymore.


No it doesn't.

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2018-02-08 04:24:11 AM  
This thread makes Archimedes weep.
 
2018-02-08 05:00:18 AM  
I-70 in eastern Utah is good for that sort of thing.  Although you have to be a bit careful because there are no gas stations at all for about 100 miles to the west of Green River, and you don't get particularly good gas mileage when you're going 100mph.  And it randomly goes from straight-as-an-arrow to mountain switchbacks, although it's not much of a surprise because you can see the terrain from miles away.
 
2018-02-08 05:09:11 AM  
Quick and dirty head math, almost 150.

The metric system is stupid as fark.
 
2018-02-08 05:39:49 AM  
I live in Toronto, and I used to drive my BMW M Coupe up to 200 km/h to Niagara Falls and back at 2 AM, just to get a hot dog surprise from the Flying Saucer restaurant in NFalls. Until one night, on one of the dark stretches of highway, I hit a raccoon. $5000 damage! So bad the car had to be flat bedded to the collision place.

I'm pretty sure the raccoon is still in low Earth orbit.
 
2018-02-08 05:43:56 AM  

Vaginosilicosis: This is why metric sucks

Fahrenheit-  0 is really cold, 100 is really hot.  We can relate to that.
Celsius- 0 is sorta cold, 100 is dead   What is really hot?  I dunno, like 40-ish?


Well, I have no problem remembering 37 is body temperature. So yeah, 40 is really hot, and coincidentally, a nice room temperature is 20.
 
2018-02-08 05:50:16 AM  

wildcardjack: A Camaro? Somehow I doubt those are really capable of much past 120mph. Although even the GMC trucks can sustain 100mph, from my experience on closed courses.


If he was going downhill he could.
 
2018-02-08 07:03:23 AM  

Likwit: The metric system is stupid as fark.


mm → cm → dm → m → dam → hm → km
1 → *10 → *10 → *10 → *10 → *10 → *10

seems a lot smarter than

in → ft → yd → mile
1 → *12 → *3 → *1760

But that's just me.

/is there really no standard unit between a yard and a mile?
 
2018-02-08 07:10:56 AM  
who the hell uses a camaro to ram ppl?
 
2018-02-08 07:13:33 AM  

Vaginosilicosis: This is why metric sucks

Fahrenheit-  0 is really cold, 100 is really hot.  We can relate to that.
Celsius- 0 is sorta cold, 100 is dead   What is really hot?  I dunno, like 40-ish?

MPH- 100 is really fast
KPH 100 isn't fast enough to merge on the highway.


So your argument is that Any system you are not familiar with inherently sucks?
 
2018-02-08 07:17:43 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: I live in Toronto, and I used to drive my BMW M Coupe up to 200 km/h to Niagara Falls and back at 2 AM, just to get a hot dog surprise from the Flying Saucer restaurant in NFalls. Until one night, on one of the dark stretches of highway, I hit a raccoon. $5000 damage! So bad the car had to be flat bedded to the collision place.

I'm pretty sure the raccoon is still in low Earth orbit.


Actually $5,000 damage to a raccoon is not all that bad.
 
2018-02-08 07:22:58 AM  
I feel sorry for all those metric units we don't commonly use, like decametres and centigrade.
 
2018-02-08 07:43:36 AM  
We were in Germany about 15 years ago with a rented Renault Twingo

As a driving enthusiast, I was really looking forward to the parts of the Autobahn where the was no speed limit. When we got there, I put the hammer down and took her up to her top speed of about 130. It was fantastic, (though big Mercs and Porsches were still passing us like we were standing still.)

My elation was short lived when we got back to the hotel and I realized we were barely pushing 80 MPH... So much for the Autobahn experience.. I've gone faster on the farking Jersey Turnpike. /CSB
 
2018-02-08 08:51:55 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Likwit: The metric system is stupid as fark.

mm → cm → dm → m → dam → hm → km
1 → *10 → *10 → *10 → *10 → *10 → *10

seems a lot smarter than

in → ft → yd → mile
1 → *12 → *3 → *1760

But that's just me.

/is there really no standard unit between a yard and a mile?


You should look up a hectare, and the definition of a "chain."
 
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