breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jul 4 10:28:26 CEST 2012
On 03/07/2012 22:54, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 6:13 AM, Dave Angel <d at davea.name> wrote:
>> On 07/03/2012 12:05 PM, Mark Lawrence wrote:
>>> 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
>> gravity situation.
> Indeed it is, as he says. But I believe he may be right in that
> 'stone' is a unit of weight. Hard to be sure, though, given that it's
> not an SI unit (for instance, the Wikipedia article text refers to
> weight, but its picture shows a man measuring mass).
Stone is a unit of weight (Brits know important things like this). And
with the consistency that the English language is reknowned for the
plural is, yes you've guessed it, stone :)
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