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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    great. that would come in handy.. if I lived in Bedrock and worked at Slate Rock&Gravel Company.

    Ya load 16 stones, and what do you get,
    Another day older and deeper in debt.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    See? That metric system is fucked up!
    But if it was 1000 tonnes, that would beat 16 tons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    But if it was 1000 tonnes, that would beat 16 tons.
    O, those kooky British and their superfluous letters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    O, those kooky British and their superfluous letters!

    Those two letters aren't superfluous, if you're paying by weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    O, those kooky British and their superfluous letters!
    Writing them is a lot of labour, but it puts colour into their writing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    So does NASA.
    In 1999, NASA lost the Mars Climate Orbiter, which cost about a third of a billion dollars, because one team of engineers was using the metric system, while a different team was using the archaic English system of measurements:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter
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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.
    Huh? So something is like, 1.4 Mic Jaggers? Or 3/4 Keith Richards?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    O, those kooky British and their superfluous letters!
    Actually 'tonne' is a French term, it's equivalent in German is the near identical 'Tonne'. And those 'superfluous letters' change the sound - something of which even one so erudite as Noah Webster was apparently unaware. We often destroy the nature of things in our attempts to simplify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    If memory serves; 1 stone = 13 lbs = about 5.x kg
    Close - a stone actually equates to 14 lbs (6.35 kg). A peculiarity of the term is that it takes the plural 'stone', so something can weigh 1 stone or 12 stone (but never 12 stones).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    In 1999, NASA lost the Mars Climate Orbiter, which cost about a third of a billion dollars, because one team of engineers was using the metric system, while a different team was using the archaic English system of measurements:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter
    Yes, I remember that. Why a team of engineers would use a system based on the length of an ancient king's foot and the distance from his nose to outstretched thumb is a real mystery.
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