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    Quote Originally Posted by taildraggin View Post
    I put up a crew from England and took them to a supermarket where half of them surrounded a product display, laughing to tears at the selection of fanny packs. Never found out what was so funny. :|
    Probably the same dynamic involved when a bunch of American college students giggle uncontrollably when the hotel clerk asks them if they wish to be knocked up in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacarape View Post
    I was a PAX with a Colombian pilot driving, (Avianca, flew 757s) when he almost drove into the bar we just left. He was driving on the left (this was between Medellin and Rio Negro) when a truck appeared coming right at us. Luckily he lost control and we left the road altogether and he found the breaks.
    A few years ago, one of the CAD draughtsmen at work was a German) who by now has spent more of his life in England than Germany). One day just after the Christmas holiday which he had spent in Germany, he gave me a lift home. The first three roads were negotiated along the wrong side before I had to point out to him that he was back in England now.

    (brakes, not breaks. Although it was probably a lucky break for you!).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    And yet lumber in England is sold as 2x4s not 4x2s, etc.
    Odd isn't it?!

    Actually, lumber is now sold in metric sizes but builders over a certain age will still ask for the cross section in inches but the length in metres e.g. "I will have 2.4 metres of 2x2 please".

    Wood is still sold in lengths of metric feet i.e. multiples of 300mm (or 0.3 metres).



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    Quote Originally Posted by taildraggin View Post
    I put up a crew from England and took them to a supermarket where half of them surrounded a product display, laughing to tears at the selection of fanny packs. Never found out what was so funny. :|
    In England, Fanny refers to the area around the front rather than behind..... and female only!


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    Many British visitors here liked to drink Southern Comfort and the French loved to eat at The Red Lobster. Go figure!

    Kodak uses a Silver Gallon in the plant, but a Silver Mole in KRL. Coatings are in mg/square foot, and so the last conversion in the coating calculations contains 454 in it to convert the units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    In England, Fanny refers to the area around the front rather than behind..... and female only!

    This makes me see the title of that novel "Fanny Hill" from a complete new perspective...

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    I always thought that 5x4 was an Australian thing, since they are upside down anyway.


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    Cartesian coordinates

    You'll get lots of answers. I'm an American and I call it 5x4. Because I normally shoot in landscape mode, and I'm an engineer. When working in a Cartesian coordinate system, x is the horizontal axis, y is the vertical. So 5x4 is the "correct" way to state it for landscape mode, while 4x5 indicates portrait mode.

    But the point is to communicate, not necessarily to be "correct" so I'll take it either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfratt View Post
    I know it really doesn't matter, but I'm curious as to why some people refer to a camera/film as 4x5 and others 5x4 (or 8x10 vs 10x8, etc). Is it a cultural thing (I notice a lot more English and European than American photographers call it 5x4).
    It's due to the Coriolis effect, which happens worldwide, not to be confused with the Corleone effect, which is prevalent mostly in Chicago and New York.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    It's due to the Coriolis effect, which happens worldwide, not to be confused with the Corleone effect, which is prevalent mostly in Chicago and New York.
    And here I thought it was from Joisey!



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