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Oct 15, 2006, 07:23 AM
 
If one was referring to their weight in stone (which is 14lbs. for those not from the UK) would you break it up into halves and quarters? I mean, would you weigh 10 and a half or 10 and a quarter stone?

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Oct 15, 2006, 07:29 AM
 
We say half and quarter, yes. Normally we just use half, it's not that accurate.
     
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Oct 15, 2006, 07:44 AM
 
I never use quarter.. I weigh 8,4 and just say 'i weigh 8,4' not 8 and a quarter stone
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Oct 15, 2006, 07:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego
If one was referring to their weight in stone (which is 14lbs. for those not from the UK)


One obsolete measurement substituted for another does not make sense for anyone outside of the UK or the US. For the civilized world it's 6.35 kg.

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Oct 15, 2006, 07:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego
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Oct 15, 2006, 07:28 PM
 
The English still live in the stone age. Whodathunkit...

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Oct 15, 2006, 07:33 PM
 
racist.
hey, hows your mobile phone network
we don't have time to stop for gas
     
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Oct 15, 2006, 07:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by Peter
racist.
hey, hows your mobile phone network
Good, why ?

( I'm from originally Germany )

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Oct 15, 2006, 07:36 PM
 
oh? dammit.
Nevermind then... *whistles*
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Originally Posted by Peter
oh? dammit.
Nevermind then... *whistles*
LOL, if you has said something about Germany's crappy mobile network, I would have pointed out that the biggest provider is owned by Vodaphone

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Oct 15, 2006, 07:46 PM
 
wow. This reminds me of the French girl I chatted with on AOL many many years ago. She wanted to know my height, weight, and how long it was. Pounds, feet, and inches meant nothing to her. So I had to reference a nearby kitty litter bag in order to determine the number of pounds per kilogram, convert inches to centimeters (which sounds far more impressive than the number of inches), and convert my height to meters. Afterward she told me her height and weight (in stones) and I didn't have any freakin idea what it all meant.

Being American is a challenge.

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Oct 15, 2006, 07:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by - - e r i k - -


One obsolete measurement substituted for another does not make sense for anyone outside of the UK or the US. For the civilized world it's 6.35 kg.
Stones outweigh Kilograms.
     
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Oct 15, 2006, 07:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by - - e r i k - -
One obsolete measurement substituted for another does not make sense for anyone outside of the UK or the US. For the civilized world it's 6.35 kg.
Bah, we need to do away with this "kilograms" nonsense. Unless you're a drug dealer, there's no reason good old pounds wouldn't work just fine.
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Oct 15, 2006, 08:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by Chuckit
Bah, we need to do away with this "kilograms" nonsense. Unless you're a drug dealer, there's no reason good old pounds wouldn't work just fine.
once we're all commuting back and forth to the moon and we've gotta keep track of Moon Pounds and Earth Pounds while all of the metric users just use kilos for everything, they'll be laughing at us

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Oct 15, 2006, 08:26 PM
 
all around the world today, the kilo is the measure
(whoever got the kilos got the candy, man!)
a kilo is a thousand grams, its easy to remember
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all around the world today, the kilo is the measure
(once you got the funds you got the panties, man!)
a kilo is a thousand grams, its easy to remember
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Oct 16, 2006, 03:27 AM
 
In my experience, most poeple state it as Stones plus pounds, as in "12 stone, 8 lbs."
     
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Oct 16, 2006, 04:04 AM
 
I measure in stones and half stones, not quarters, after that its stones and pounds.

It'll be much easier if you just comply.
     
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Oct 16, 2006, 05:31 AM
 
Originally Posted by MaxPower2k3
Originally Posted by Chuckit
Bah, we need to do away with this "kilograms" nonsense. Unless you're a drug dealer, there's no reason good old pounds wouldn't work just fine.
once we're all commuting back and forth to the moon and we've gotta keep track of Moon Pounds and Earth Pounds while all of the metric users just use kilos for everything, they'll be laughing at us
I think you're both joking, but just in case.. I think you're confusing "mass" and "weight". Mass is constant and is related to the amount of atoms contained in the item, and will be the same on the moon or the earth. Weight, however, is defined by the mass multiplied by the gravitational force applied to the item. That's why the same item will weight less on the moon, because the gravity is weaker there. Because scientists use kg as the unit for the mass, that's why it seems to be the "same" everywhere, where the unit of the weight is more dependant upon the location.

And for the kg "nonsense", I think that this unit is in fact the more "efficient" and appropriate. Kilogram? "kilo"+"gram" -> 1000 g. Pound? 16 ounces. Each ounce is 28 g, which at 10$ each.. hum sorry maybe you're right Seriously, I may look like I'm preaching for my choir, but I think the best system is the metric system, simply because you can convert anything to anything without learning all kinds of strange formulas and values, and in any scale..
     
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Oct 16, 2006, 07:36 AM
 
I don't think anyone here disagrees.



… but I've been wrong about the standards on this board before.

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Oct 16, 2006, 09:52 AM
 
Originally Posted by - - e r i k - -
One obsolete measurement substituted for another does not make sense for anyone outside of the UK or the US.
If you're talking about 'stone,' that one doesn't make sense in the US either.
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Oct 17, 2006, 05:48 AM
 
The UK is officially metric for weights as measures - in fact, there was some fuss recently because it apparently became 'illegal' to display weights in Imperial (pounds and ounces), prompting publicity hungry market traders to declare they'd rather go to prison than sell apples using that foreign system. Needless to say, there hasn't been any fuss since.

I'm not actually sure what the legal situation is - suffice to say that nobody really cares - x amount of apples still costs you Y, whether or not it's measured using metric or imperial.

I think most brits my age (30s or younger) don't have a problem with metric measurements - temperature, weight, currency. the problem is that all our road distances are still measured in miles, and we just don't have a 'feel' for kilometres.

Isn't Canada all metric too ?
     
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Oct 17, 2006, 01:00 PM
 
In the U.S. we use periods for decimals, in most of Europe they use commas for decimals. Do they still call it a "point" when saying 8,4 like in the states? 8.4, eight point four?
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Oct 17, 2006, 01:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
In the U.S. we use periods for decimals, in most of Europe they use commas for decimals. Do they still call it a "point" when saying 8,4 like in the states? 8.4, eight point four?
Well, they probably say "huit virgule quatre"
     
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Well, they probably say "huit virgule quatre"
I wasn't being sarcastic or mean, I was really wondering. In my German class my teacher always said "eight and four" instead of "eight point four."
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Oct 17, 2006, 02:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by FireWire View Post
I think you're both joking, but just in case.. I think you're confusing "mass" and "weight". Mass is constant and is related to the amount of atoms contained in the item, and will be the same on the moon or the earth. Weight, however, is defined by the mass multiplied by the gravitational force applied to the item. That's why the same item will weight less on the moon, because the gravity is weaker there. Because scientists use kg as the unit for the mass, that's why it seems to be the "same" everywhere, where the unit of the weight is more dependant upon the location.
I was joking, but you said the same thing I said. Pounds are a measurement of weight, and gravity dependent. Thus, Earth Pounds and Moon Pounds. Kilograms are a measurement of Mass, and are good anywhere in the universe. Now, if we used Slugs and you used Newtons more often, we'd be the ones laughing.

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One obsolete measurement substituted for another does not make sense for anyone outside of the UK or the US. For the civilized world it's 6.35 kg.
There are people outside the US and UK?

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Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
In the U.S. we use periods for decimals, in most of Europe they use commas for decimals. Do they still call it a "point" when saying 8,4 like in the states? 8.4, eight point four?
Not in Germany. You would say 8 Komma 4

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Oct 18, 2006, 01:15 AM
 
Ok. . . what does a stone weigh?
     
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Originally Posted by Buckaroo View Post
Ok. . . what does a stone weigh?
Is that a trick question ?

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