Amen to that. I've always wished my speedometer was calibrated to furlongs per fortnight. That way, there'd never be any confusion as to fast it's really going.
Ha! Eons ago, one of our tasks for practicing the conversion of units, was to convert the speed of light from miles per second, to furlongs per fortnight.
Thanks for the reminder of old times.
I've never quite understood the big deal about using metric or US measurements. For precise work, you grab a measuring device calibrated in the right units. For photography, unless you are focusing by a scale on a lens for close work, does it really matter? Metric infinity is pretty much the same as imperial infinity. It just has that strange Euro look to the colors... ;-)
It's easy. Tuppence is obvious (two pence). Four farthings to a penny, twelve pennies to a shilling, twenty shillings to a pound (240 pence). And don't forget the Guinea - worth one pound and one shilling. It was originally a one pound coin but the price of gold went up so the value of the coin had to otherwise it would have been worth more in gold than its face value.
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Though I would rather pay $3.09 for an imperial gallon, than a US gallon...
I would like to pay that for a US gallon... or even half a US gallon. Petrol here is about £6.22 for an Imperial gallon, that's about $9.73. Our equivalent price for a US gallon would be $8.11. Yet it's strange that Americans seem to be the most vocal about their 'high' gas prices!
Yes. Among other applications, General Motors used it on some fasteners in their engines, in the late 1980s. Other fasteners in the same engines were still SAE inch standard; this is true but I will not be surprised if you don't believe it.
Arghh! Yes I've encountered that bit of insanity before.