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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    Not always. If you measure a window opening and it's 62" or 1575mm and you need to find the centre, which number was easier to divide by 2?
    What if the window opening is 62 5/16"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    We aren't a bunch of wimps, kissing scientists' asses.

    You think Gary Cooper ever rode a few kilometers of fence on a cattle ranch? Did Tennessee Ernie Ford sing about a 100 grams of coal?

    Fuck no!

    We're EXCEPTIONAL!

    Lol.
    100 grams is only a few ounces. I could load that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    100 grams is only a few ounces. I could load that much.
    See? That metric system is fucked up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    See? That metric system is fucked up!
    Oh, I don't know. If someone asked me to load 16 tons, I'd tell them to go pound sand, but if they only wanted 100 grams, I'd hand it to them.
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    I have three grandsons, from age 12 to 17. The youngest was studying the metric system in school, and apparently didn't pay much attention, as he bragged to his brothers that his penis was 2 millimeters long.

    He should never have told them that. He still hasn't lived it down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
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    So, the USA adopted the British Imperial system, which it still uses. Back in the '70s, the government tried to get us into the 20th. century, but didn't succeed. Now, here we are in the 21st. century, still using an 18th. century system of weights and measures.
    Could be worse... could be british and still use stones as a unit of measurement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    Could be worse... could be british and still use stones as a unit of measurement.
    How many kilograms in a stone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    How many kilograms in a stone?
    If memory serves; 1 stone = 13 lbs = about 5.x kg
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    I hate the metric system, good for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    How many kilograms in a stone?
    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    If memory serves; 1 stone = 13 lbs = about 5.x kg
    great. that would come in handy.. if I lived in Bedrock and worked at Slate Rock&Gravel Company.

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