Sorry, had to vent my spleen : Non Metric use.
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Interesting, but...l "determined from a thousandth of an ounce of bone or tooth"...
Who the hell uses ounces and pounds (or quarts and gills etc.) as units of measurement in a Scientific sense nowadays ?
As I said SORRY But I had to vent somewhere :-
ETA. The Article https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/07/first-europeans-immigrants-ge...
The National Geographic publishes its magazines in several languages. It is a pity they cannot use metric terms in English editions sent outside the USA.
NO. May I cry a little. I disliked Rupert Murdoch when he was an Australian, I Double Plus do not like him now he is a USA'er. and FOX.
And I do wonder what will happen to NG in the future? Head lines such as...
CO2 is good for you?
Interesting finds of Explorer bodies in Antarctica because of Glacier acceleration
More corn for Kansas (sorry Doris Day, but wait, you my LOVE, were a Republican, I'll still forgive you... different days)
Please feel free to add any other NQR science you have seen recently.
I am going to cry for a little while and then come back and...
ETA. About 10 years ago I bought a "Complete National Geographic" on DVD. It was quite a quirky set. Some images on their side, no zoom, navigation? etc. So I
imagine Murdoch might l fix that up (for a price) And I (sigh) will probably buy it.
My wife, a child of the sixties, and a botanist, 'gets' metric. Besides pints and miles (and babies being born in pounds and ounces), my children, along with most of the population, think imperial is as loopy as pounds, shillings and pence.
I have often wondered to what extent there is awareness of and fondness for the traditional pre-metric measuring systems among the general population (and among archivists/historians) of metric countries.
Of course there was that spacecraft problem back 20 years ago. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter
In the lab as a scientist I'm all metric Litres and grams etc. But measuring up a bench for a new instrument may well still be 5'
I can travel almost anywhere in the world and know that my measurements will be understood. The UK is a mixture of systems still, but Americans beware! a familiar sounding unit may not be. American pints are 16 oz. British pints are 20 oz. (If you are reading a recipe in English and it call for pints, chances are that it is a British recipe and you want the larger amount. On the other hand, the US and the UK agree that Tablespoons are 15ml, but Australian Tablespoons are 20 ml. It can make a big difference.)
On the other hand, the US and the UK agree that Tablespoons are 15ml, but Australian Tablespoons are 20 ml. It can make a big difference.)
There was an episode of Dr. Finley's Casebook (I will just leave the title there to intrigue those who have never heard of it.) in which a court case (I think it may have been a coroner's court) was held as to whether the death of a patient was murder perpetrated by someone deliberately giving the deceased an overdose of their prescribed medicine, or a tragic accident. The dose was carefully written down as a tablespoonful so many times a day. The amount in the body of the deceased indicated much more had been taken. The verdict was coming down on murder when Dr. Cameron, Dr. Finley's partner, burst into the court and asked to be heard. He then produced a collection of spoons of various sizes and commenced to ask the court attendees what each spoon was described as. He showed that a tablespoon meant something different in various parts of the locality and that in the location where the deceased resided the tablespoon was as much as twice the size of a tablespoon where the doctor lived.
Here in Denmark: Awareness, some. Fondness, none. Not everything has gone metric, though. Printers use dots/inch, some meat packages are 500 g (i.e. a pound), eggs are some in sizes (small, medium, large) rather than grams or liters. (And the Danish names for numbers are based on units of twenty :-)
I don't think half kilo packages really have to do with old measures. Some here are 500, some 350, some 600. I actually buy my eggs by the kilo, but most are S, M, L... but these are defined by metric weight.
Likewise, a trillion was one million million million, i.e. one million billion. Now a trillion is only and old billion.
Same in Australia. All packaged foods have to show price per kilogram as well as the actual nett weight and price.
Particularly with fresh food, the actual weight of (eg. Steak) will vary from piece to piece, but the price per kilogram for the same style of cut will remain the same.
When the metric system was introduced in Australia in the 1960s, it was illegal to use the Imperial system for a few years, so everyone became familiar with it very quickly.
Would not dream of going back to the confusing old system, even though I learnt it in school.
Then there was also pounds, shillings and pence at ratios of 20 and 12 - let alone Guineas (21 shillings)!!
If you are buying open fruits and vegetables or unpackaged meat products, what does it matter what the unit is? You take five bananas, three leeks, two pork chops, six scallops, and weigh them to find a price. Whether the weight is given in pounds, kilos or something else is totally unimportant.
In science, yes. In everyday life any standard package is a unit. If I always buy milk in half-gallon cartons then that's a familiar and useful unit. In that sense there's really no difference between buying my flour in 500g or 1lb packages as long as they aren't sold side by side. That would be confusing.
Pint glass bottles are currently having a bit of a moment here, benefitting from the backlash against single-use plastic.
>31 stellarexplorer:: I'm surprised that citizens of the USA would seek comparison with Burma (OK Myanmar) and Liberia.
And a recent report suggests sleep units may be in the offing. While the nanny state rides overshod supreme, Iran can just grab hold of our tankers.
Hmm, is a Boris the same as a unit?
(Sorry! Just my way of congratulating you on your new PM!)
Trying to track this without a standard definition is quite tricky, especially with the variability in "large" and "strong"
However what you do with that information is somewhat less clear cut. Despite looking I've no idea how wide the error bars should be on the recommended consumption limits.
It would be somewhat similar to do the same for sugar (and salt). But I'm not sure how you'd be so precise with sleep.
I'm also a little surprised that no-one has brought up the distinction between "metric" and SI. Some people round here in backward Scotland think temperature should be measured in Centigrade (or even Celsius if they were listening at school). What happened to Kelvin? For myself I'm only gradually growing out of Fahrenheit and Reamur has always been a non-starter with me.