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Tue Jul 3 22:13:50 CEST 2012
On 07/03/2012 12:05 PM, Mark Lawrence wrote:
> On 03/07/2012 16:53, Chris Angelico wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 1:50 AM, Mark Lawrence
>> <breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
>>> On 03/07/2012 03:25, John O'Hagan wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 3 Jul 2012 11:22:55 +1000
>>>> I agree to some extent, but as a counter-example, when I was a
>>>> child there
>>>> a subject called "Weights and Measures" which is now redundant
>>>> because of
>>>> Metric system. I don't miss hogsheads and fathoms at all.
>>> I weigh 13st 8lb - does this make me redundant?
>> Yes, because somewhere in the world is someone who weighs (... pulls
>> out calculator...) 86kg. After all, the French had a bloody revolution
>> to get us a new system without any of the old baggage. We don't want
>> to disappoint the French now, do we!
>> lemme just dislodge my tongue from my cheek, it seems to be stuck...
> If I go to the moon I will weigh 2st 10lb (if my sums are correct :)
> but the equivalent Frenchman will still be 86kg. I hereby put this
> forward as proof that the metric system is rubbish and we should
> revert back to imperial goodies.
86 kg is not a weight, it's a mass. So it doesn't depend on the local
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