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Posted by Eeyore on December 28, 2008, 4:51 am

Bruce in alaska wrote:

My mind positively boggles at this use of inches, feet, BTUs, USG and
presumably Fahrenheit.

How can you ever make anything that works ?            ;~)


Posted by FT-LB on December 28, 2008, 6:52 am
Eeyore, rabbitsfriendsandrelations@hotmail.com wrote:

  1 lb. of water heated 1 degree F. is 1 BTU.
How can it get any easier?  Even a moron with an IQ of
154 can figure it out.  ;-P

Posted by Neon John on December 28, 2008, 7:48 pm

Moreover, the centigrade scale tosses away much resolution.  A degree C is 1.6
degrees F.  Almost double.  the difference between 70 and 71 degrees is just
detectable in a room but the difference between 20 and 21 deg C is a LOT, the
difference between being comfortable and either hot or cold.  One could
recover the resolution by using decimal notation (20.1 degrees, for example)
but nobody does.  Had they set the boiling point of water at 1000 degrees
instead of 100 degrees C, then I'd be an ardent fan.

Personally, I'm fluent in both languages but I prefer the imperial system
because it is what has traditionally been used.  When I read an old research
paper or book, I'm right at home.

John De Armond
See my website for my current email address
http://www.johndearmond.com  <-- best little blog on the net!
Tellico Plains, Occupied TN
What do you call 4 Blondes in an Abrams?  Air Tank.

Posted by Eeyore on December 30, 2008, 12:34 am

Neon John wrote:

Meaningless to most of the world.

Only 8% of the world uses idiotic measures like that and 99.9% of them are in ONE
country. A country about to collapse into 3rd world status (to join the other


Posted by Jim Wilkins on December 28, 2008, 2:09 pm

We secretly use metric for serious professional work. Don't tell
anyone, the rest of the world seems to think we still measure in

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