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May 25, 2024 - 6:11:42 AM
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mander

USA

5161 posts since 10/7/2007

I didn't want to hijack the cucumber thread so I'm starting my own.
I love the King's system for measuring. It is so nonsensical! And Zeusically musical!
"A bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck, that's how much I love you baby!"

Who in their right mind can write a love song about liters and milliliters?

Consider the gauntlet thrown down!

May 25, 2024 - 8:01:31 AM
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Owen

Canada

15171 posts since 6/5/2011

Songwriting ain't my forte, but IF I do come up with something will my entry be disqualified due to the "in their right mind" stipulation?  wink

May 25, 2024 - 9:42:28 AM
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62154 posts since 12/14/2005

Now let's grab our banjos and SING!
==================================
I love you, longer than a kilometer!
Longer than a kilometer,
And you're raising my thermometer!

OR

Love your bod, each and every kilo!
Each and every kilo,
And you know how glad I feel-o!

OR

I love you, yes, every kilogram!
Every kilogram,
And that's how in love I am!

==========================

OR, to another tune entirely, without measurements:

Come with me, and be my love!
We'll kiss beneath the moon!
And OH! the songs we'll play and sing,
Between our bouts of scroon.
==================================

May 25, 2024 - 9:42:50 AM

12772 posts since 8/22/2006

Liters and millimeters hummm

Nothing can be sweeter than a big on liter of sweet tea yea baby that’s what you do to me. Ok that’s one now that millimeter thing little harder?? I got millimeters and millimeters of Texas... nope that won’t work hummm....

May 25, 2024 - 10:49:19 AM
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16104 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Consider the gauntlet thrown down!

And a most worthy guantlet it is, Sally.

Let's be objective here: a system of measurement based upon clearly universal and repeatable observations in nature makes perfect sense when it comes to establishing a precise international standards. As does the use of the same prefixes regardless of whether one is describing distance (two dimensions) or volume (three dimensions).

Or time, for that matter.

Problem is: there ain't no poetry in it.

Grandpa Jones singing "One point six zero nine more miles to Louisville" just wouldn't have the same cachet. But what do I know? I'm just an old banjo playing knuckledragger. Perhaps in ten more generations, someone will come up with a way to do it.

Oh, who am I kidding? In ten more generations, language will disappear and conversations will consist entirely of emojis.

May 25, 2024 - 11:13:25 AM

3063 posts since 2/4/2013

While I'm all for the metric system, except for pints of beer and miles of road and weight of people (and only people) it makes for bad poems. Of course all imperial measurements are defined by their metric equivalent so they are just disguised metrics.

May 25, 2024 - 2:26:35 PM
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May 25, 2024 - 2:37:05 PM
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16104 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland
quote:
Consider the gauntlet thrown down!

And a most worthy guantlet it is, Sally.

 

Grandpa Jones singing "One point six zero nine more miles to Louisville" just wouldn't have the same cachet. But what do I know?

 

Apparently, I don't know math. That should be "Twelve point eight seven four" more miles to Louisville."

May 25, 2024 - 2:58:11 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72138 posts since 10/5/2013

As fer me, I’m kinda partial to Fair&Height , not Centilsius

May 25, 2024 - 2:58:15 PM

Owen

Canada

15171 posts since 6/5/2011

From the pick-nitting dept. ... wouldn't that be "Twelve point __?__  more kilometers to Louisville"?

... or is it "Lou-vull"?  cheeky

May 25, 2024 - 5:39:14 PM
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7690 posts since 7/24/2013

https://youtu.be/JYqfVE-fykk?si=MEtFALHhYgJcGiD3

Snl had a humorous skit on this
 

May 25, 2024 - 9:46:45 PM
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donc

Canada

7451 posts since 2/9/2010

I finished my formal education about 8 years before we went metric. The question is not whether you can teach an old dog new tricks. The real question is how do you get an old dog to give a ratz ? You soon  learn that 50 kmh is legally close enough to 30 mph. The 2 x 4 is still sold in every lumber yard. I still have woodworking tools that were used by my dad and his dad. The inches and feet measurements still work quite well. The only food sold in metric kilograms is the over priced stuff. Peanuts are 80 cents per 100 grams That approximately means 1/5 of a pound. It sounds a lot more reasonable than paying $4 a pound.  Gasoline was recently over $2 per liter. It sounds a lot more reasonable than $8 a gallon. Did you know that our previous gallon was the Imperial gallon [British] ?  It was slightly bigger than the U.S. gallon. Many U.S. tourists were actually amazed that their mileage in Canada was better than at home.

Edited by - donc on 05/25/2024 21:59:30

May 26, 2024 - 12:23:59 AM
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41264 posts since 3/5/2008

Both are fine...
Long as the person ..
You are cominicating with is on the same page..

History has had some interesting..
Goof-ups dew to that very thing..or people...not..on the same page..

May 26, 2024 - 5:04:36 AM

heavy5

USA

3085 posts since 11/3/2016

I remember changing to metric w/ the company I worked for, in design programs , & all of the hardware used in our machinery , yikes , what a complication for our parts dept !
But it was an education I don't regret .
Plus I retired w/ a large assortment of hardware both std & metric that otherwise would have been discarded !  smiley

May 26, 2024 - 5:08:42 AM
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rinemb

USA

16303 posts since 5/24/2005

The mathematical representations can all be taxing. For instance, these all are equal:
.938”…15/16”…23.83mm
Then again who is going to design anything noawadays calling for any of those values. Hmmmm, my wrench and socket sets still all have a15/16ths. Brad

May 26, 2024 - 5:32:28 AM

heavy5

USA

3085 posts since 11/3/2016

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

The mathematical representations can all be taxing. For instance, these all are equal:
.938”…15/16”…23.83mm
Then again who is going to design anything noawadays calling for any of those values. Hmmmm, my wrench and socket sets still all have a15/16ths. Brad


Brad , If u really got into metrics , I think u would be surprised in what values things are & have been designed .   It's just about all metric !

Edited by - heavy5 on 05/26/2024 05:35:17

May 26, 2024 - 5:43:21 AM

banjoT1

Canada

77 posts since 7/18/2019

.....on April 1, 1976 Canada adopted the 'metric system' as its official standard of measure. Actually, the transition from imperial to metric was designated as a ''soft conversion'' with no violation penalties until later. Say, a year or so later, a violating person, company (read manufacturer, retailer, etc.), or publication (read printed material), could be severely charged and fined for not adopting metric measures.

The standard practice now is to quote measures (weights, linear dimensions, etc.) first, in metric followed by imperial in parentheses.

Of course the metric system is based on units of 10 (multiples).    

1 mm X 10 = 1 cm X 100 = 1 meter X 1000 = 1 kilometer.

As such, in units of 10 the metric clock is much easier to read from a distance.
(photo wouldn't load)

9....0....1
8..........2
7..........3
6....5....4

Edited by - banjoT1 on 05/26/2024 05:48:52

May 26, 2024 - 8:19:16 AM

mander

USA

5161 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

Songwriting ain't my forte, but IF I do come up with something will my entry be disqualified due to the "in their right mind" stipulation?  wink


Right mind versus left mind. :-) 

May 26, 2024 - 8:24:41 AM

mander

USA

5161 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

Now let's grab our banjos and SING!
==================================
I love you, longer than a kilometer!
Longer than a kilometer,
And you're raising my thermometer!

OR

Love your bod, each and every kilo!
Each and every kilo,
And you know how glad I feel-o!

OR

I love you, yes, every kilogram!
Every kilogram,
And that's how in love I am!

==========================

OR, to another tune entirely, without measurements:

Come with me, and be my love!
We'll kiss beneath the moon!
And OH! the songs we'll play and sing,
Between our bouts of scroon.
==================================


I can always count on you!

1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3

May 26, 2024 - 8:40:15 AM

mander

USA

5161 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by banjoT1

.....on April 1, 1976 Canada adopted the 'metric system' as its official standard of measure. Actually, the transition from imperial to metric was designated as a ''soft conversion'' with no violation penalties until later. Say, a year or so later, a violating person, company (read manufacturer, retailer, etc.), or publication (read printed material), could be severely charged and fined for not adopting metric measures.

The standard practice now is to quote measures (weights, linear dimensions, etc.) first, in metric followed by imperial in parentheses.

Of course the metric system is based on units of 10 (multiples).    

1 mm X 10 = 1 cm X 100 = 1 meter X 1000 = 1 kilometer.

As such, in units of 10 the metric clock is much easier to read from a distance.
(photo wouldn't load)

9....0....1
8..........2
7..........3
6....5....4


While I can see a metric system for time in science, I don't see it as having much application here on earth. Ten seconds to the minute, ten minutes to the hour, ten hours to the day. That makes for a very long second.

It is interesting that a light year is a distance and not a galactic measurement of time.

May 26, 2024 - 5:39:29 PM

16104 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

From the pick-nitting dept. ... wouldn't that be "Twelve point __?__  more kilometers to Louisville"?

... or is it "Lou-vull"?  cheeky


It would appear that I can't read my own writing, either.

Pronunciation? At this point, I dasn't.

May 26, 2024 - 8:50:36 PM

62154 posts since 12/14/2005

"Nothing could be sweeter
Than my baby, who's a meter
And a half tall"

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