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19 hours ago, Metal Guru said:

I vaguely remember bottles labelled with fl oz when I was a kid (70s).

To confuse things more, US have 16 fl oz to a pint , consistent with 16 oz in a lb, but we have 20 , sort of semi decimal. This results in a US gallon being smaller than an Imperial one, both 8 pints .

Fun fact. 1 fl oz of water weighs 1 oz, just like 1ml of water weighs 1g.

As there are 20 fl oz in a pint I guess that's why a pint is 568ml.

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34 minutes ago, MiniMinorMk3 said:

Fun fact. 1 fl oz of water weighs 1 oz, just like 1ml of water weighs 1g.

As there are 20 fl oz in a pint I guess that's why a pint is 568ml.

Or, as me old Dad used to say, a pint of water weighs a pound and a quarter. Some things you never forget.

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1 minute ago, High Jetter said:

My grand dad was born in 1900 and taught the metric system in school, yet lived in an Imperial world. A lot of it is what you get used to.

Very true. I was only ever taught the metric system and live in a metric world, so imperial just seems ridiculous and incomprehensible to me.

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13 minutes ago, MiniMinorMk3 said:

Especially when it comes to Miles, furlongs, yards, feet and inches.

What about chains, rods , cubits or even a barley corn?  Even came across “shaftment” which about 6 inches which seems appropriate.

Then there’s a whole load of unofficial units. Gnat’s cock, smidge, tick, etc 

Horse racing still uses furlongs as well as other archaic units like head and neck. (Do all horses have the same size head?)

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14 hours ago, MorrisItalSLX said:

Very true. I was only ever taught the metric system and live in a metric world, so imperial just seems ridiculous and incomprehensible to me.

But in the U.K. we’re still in a mixed situation.

Motoring is especially mad. We still say it’s x miles to somewhere, our cars do 100 mph and 50 mpg ( not at the same time unfortunately), but the car has a 2 litre engine and we buy petrol by the litre. Tyres are 205 mm wide but fit 17 inch wheels and are inflated to 30 psi. All road signs are Imperial too apart from weight limits (tonnes) and height limits are normally shown in feet and metres.

We buy draught beer in pints but 500 ml bottles and milk is sold in litres as well. Soft drinks are sold in litres too.

Food is sold in kg but you’ll still hear people ask the butcher for a pound of mince. Eggs are sold by the dozen although you can get packs of 10.

Drug dealers seem to be metric though I’d guess that’s more to do with the gram being a convenient unit rather than anything else.

Most people can tell you their height in feet and inches and their weight in stones but not in metres and kg, and most men will claim 6 inches rather 15cm.

Land is still measured by the acre as well as hectare.

Energy is sold by kWH but you’ll still see therms mentioned on your gas bill.

Humans race over metres apart from the marathon,( and hurdle heights are in feet and inches) but horses still use furlongs. Rugby pitches are measured in metres but football and cricket in yards. ( the length of a cricket pitch is actually 1 chain).

Oh and we still have back yards, New Scotland Yard and Yardies.

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On 7/19/2023 at 1:48 PM, Spottedlaurel said:

Idly scouting Streetview in/around the place we're going to in France this year, this was just down the road in late 2021:

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Solara!?!?!?! OK, chances of me seeing it or even the Nissan D21 are slim, but there's hope. Looks to be two, possibly three, garages in the village so there should be some interesting stuff to watch out for.

Also, Mrs SL was hunting for boot sales and markets and made the mistake (to her at least) of finding that an autojumble/show is on this weekend in Uzerche, when we get to our place less than 30mins up the road.

Miss SL and BF are now somewhere between the Ardeche and Tarn in his LS400, haven't heard of any issues with it and they've been enjoying the non-autoroute drives.

I'm going to quote myself here, whatever.

The view out of the front door this morning, rendezvous in the middle of France achieved:

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Good opportunity to be really rock and roll and drive one of them into the pool.

Solara news - the maroon/brown one I saw on Streetview wasn't around, but there was a different one parked across the road!

In the latter part of the 350-400 miles driven here yesterday I've already managed to get photos of a 504, collection of Citroen CXs, BXs and Panhard at a garage, Renaults 5 and 18, RWD Opel Ascona, Transit Mk2.5 and Peugeot J9 vans and sundry others. Will resurrect my spots thread in due course. Quite a bit of other old stuff still in use too.

Car show/autojumble today. Advance party dropped in yesterday and gave a good report. Have cash and a camera with freshly-charged battery and spare memory card....

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On 7/22/2023 at 3:58 PM, MorrisItalSLX said:

Very true. I was only ever taught the metric system and live in a metric world, so imperial just seems ridiculous and incomprehensible to me.

How the hell do you cope with British roads? 😄

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15 minutes ago, Remspoor said:

How the hell do you cope with British roads? 😄

I don’t know if it’s improved lately but the last time I was in Ireland ( 20 years ago), the road signs were a mixture of metric and imperial. So you’d be driving towards Dublin say, and the sign said 50 (miles), next one would say 60 (km).

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2 hours ago, Metal Guru said:

I don’t know if it’s improved lately but the last time I was in Ireland ( 20 years ago), the road signs were a mixture of metric and imperial. So you’d be driving towards Dublin say, and the sign said 50 (miles), next one would say 60 (km).

They changed everything, including speed limit and car speedos to kmh in 2005.

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20 minutes ago, Wack said:

This advert isn't exactly inspiring confidence 

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There's a bloke who does signwriting and stuff across the way from my old unit. He was bloody useless - Never more than a week went by without us seeing something parked outside with a spelling mistake or some other really obvious cockup. He sent out calendars to everyone on the estate, only he just changed "2019" to "2020" and none of the days lined up with the dates.

You'd think after ten years in the business he'd get someone to proof read things for him!!

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On 22/07/2023 at 11:45, High Jetter said:

Or, as me old Dad used to say, a pint of water weighs a pound and a quarter. Some things you never forget.

My dad used to say the same thing. Maybe it was drummed into kids of a certain age.

 

I don't think that particular nugget of information has ever come in handy.

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I was down at my parents' over the weekend as they were having a bit of a do for their 50th wedding anniversary.  Lots of old family friends there, some of whom I hadn't seen in decades.  Even the priest who did their wedding ceremony came along.

One of my mum's uni friends was telling us how her dad's portable air conditioning unit had broken down during the hot weather last month.  He took it to bits and discovered that some of the soldered joints on the PCB in the controller had cracked, so he re-soldered them.  He also found a couple of wires which had snapped inside their insulation where they went round a tight corner, so he snipped off the broken bits and let in repair sections.  He put it all back together and now it works fine.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention he is 108.

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1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

I was down at my parents' over the weekend as they were having a bit of a do for their 50th wedding anniversary.  Lots of old family friends there, some of whom I hadn't seen in decades.  Even the priest who did their wedding ceremony came along.

One of my mum's uni friends was telling us how her dad's portable air conditioning unit had broken down during the hot weather last month.  He took it to bits and discovered that some of the soldered joints on the PCB in the controller had cracked, so he re-soldered them.  He also found a couple of wires which had snapped inside their insulation where they went round a tight corner, so he snipped off the broken bits and let in repair sections.  He put it all back together and now it works fine.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention he is 108.

What a guy. I fucking hate/am shit at soldering. Along with most electrical issues I understand witch craft more. RESPECT.

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