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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottl View Post
    What? You're one of those old style humans?



    PS: Isak Otto, I'd score your post a 10010 on a scale of 00001 to 10010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isak Otto View Post
    This thread is ancient - but I hope someone reads this!
    They were not idiots, they used what they had to had to hand - pun not intended. The foot is the length of a large man's foot - and the inch is the width of his thumb. In Danish it's called a tomme, the thumb is called tommelfinger; the English word thumb is derived from this origin.
    Because of the human origin and correlation I like the non-metric system - even though I am much more used to using the metric that I grew up with.
    Today we would probably define an average foot as the basis - but the man who defined the horsepower found the largest horse ever seen when measuring what a horse can pull.
    Counting in twelves was very widespread and probably predates the decimal. 12 is easily divisible by 2,3,4, and 6. In fact, the ten-system is rather unwieldy, being divisible only by two and five. I think the names of eleven and twelve rather than one-teen and two-teen are survivals of a twelve digit system. If used to it, it would be no more difficult than a ten digit system. The gross, 144, is of course 12 by 12 - and it would be written 100 in a twelve based system.
    Today, computer people use binary --- Let me see if you catch this one:
    There are 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary, and those who don't.
    Counting in 20s was also widespread and is still encountered occasionally (it's called a score), for instance in the French names of numbers (80, for instance is quatrevingt or four times twenty). This is also the case in Danish.
    If you didn't catch the 10 kinds above - 10 is the binary writing for 2 in decimal.
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    You dug up an ancient thread just so you could post that nonsense as your first post on the forum?

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    Do you know what this is?

    Differences in UK and US Inch?

    It's a retired punch press operator ordering 5 beers.

    Oh, and this

    Differences in UK and US Inch?

    is a Roman ordering 5 beers.



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    It was edited ever so slightly so that it came out evenly to the 25.4 for simplicity sakes.
    IIRC it is in the scale of "wavelengths of light" difference, not anything that you or me are going to measure.


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    IMO, the idea of metric being simpler just because we have 10 fingers and the rest of the world uses it (which is only mostly true), is short sighted. Measuring systems are meant to be around for the long haul because they are a STANDARD, and both Imperial and Metric as we know them today are very young compared to how long people have been measuring things. Modern Imperial is a complicated conglomerate that draws on all of the different ways people have measured things over the last 10,000 years. Metric on the other hand took what we know of modern science with a smaller sampling of base measurements and divided it up on the chalkboard. One was developed in the "real world," while the other was developed in a lab. Both are needed.

    People(countries/etc.) who refuse metric might be Luddites, but the idea that they must assimilate to it is pure arrogance because those who refuse Imperial think that the mankind of the last 100 years has nothing to gain from the last 10,000 years of advancement.

    Give it time. If metric really is meant to eclipse all other measuring systems, it will. But speaking for myself, if our company just decided to switch to metric cold turkey, it would kill our business. No more parts support and a total lack of connection with our clientele base... "because I have ten fingers!" doesn't exactly seem like a great idea to me. The older I get, the more I learn how much bigger the world is than what I see through the computer monitor. I can rant and rave all day long about how much better things and people should be and end up with zero accomplishment... or learn more about the way things people actually are and succeed.

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    I'm just glad inches aren't defined the same as months.
    The first inch in a foot has 31 days.
    The second inch has 29 days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rabler View Post
    I'm just glad inches aren't defined the same as months.
    The first inch in a foot has 31 days.
    The second inch has 29 days.
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    Well, that goes back to the ancient days subject as well...


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    Default hard to adopt a physical standard

    [QUOTE=Billtodd;1167977]Yes I realise that I meant differences in national standards, since I would have thought it would have been normal to adopt existing standards.

    The standards used to be physical, it's hard to adopt a bar with 2 marks on it as your standard, if the bar is kept in London, and you are in the USA.

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    We really don't have 10 fingers..... We have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs... that equals 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    It was edited ever so slightly so that it came out evenly to the 25.4 for simplicity sakes.
    IIRC it is in the scale of "wavelengths of light" difference, not anything that you or me are going to measure.
    They changed the volt, too, arond 1980-ish. It was just a little tiny bit but if you had a Fluke meter, you could send it in and have it recalibrated for no charge. That was the old Fluke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter from Holland View Post
    We do not have 12 fingers though

    Peter
    Maybe you don't.......

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    It’d be way cool, 12 fingers, couple of thumbs, maybe 4, 2 on each tentacle
    And a prehensile man tail, the future awaits, I’m sure those bat shit bonkers biologists will work their way up to us from virus manipulation, they are bound to make a bloody mess of us somehow
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    You Americans don’t have any problems with millimeters and feet but language-wise. English is not asserted as official language by the U. S. constitution. French, Spanish, German, Dutch go as well.

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    I am 61 and I thought it was Britain converted/round off the inch to be a round number of metric well before the USA. decades latter the USA rounded off their inch to the same decimal in metric. 2.54cm?
    Similar to Spanish land ownership the king's property would be measured in royal vara's which were a little bigger unit then everyone else who got the measured in regular varas. So if they king had 100 acres and you had 100 acres he owned more land then you.
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    I have read that when they first measured the height of Mt. Everest it came to exactly 29,000 feet tall. They added a couple of feet to the height in the official report because they thought people would question the survey's accuracy and assume it was a rounded off estimate. So for many years it was 29,002 feet tall.
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    Differences in UK and US Inch? only a twat hair that's the differences

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    Mr JST. S.Africa did just that. It is illegal to bring any non metric measuring equipment in .Not even a metric/imperial tape. My mother in law visited with a suitcase scale, exactly the same as one we had. It would cycle though all unit combos but only measured in kgs.
    Rhodesia was the same. When I was a kid in 1970 we converted. No more imperial in the schools. Oil companies gave out conversion scales. They did not go so silly on measuring equipment though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
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    OOPS! I accidentally typed in an extra zero. And then repeated the error.

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    No worries, we'll just chalk it up to Wuhan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter from Holland View Post
    We do not have 12 fingers though
    Well, in the 1970s, I did know a woman who had six fingers on each hand. You didn't notice at first. All 12 fingers were fully functional. Caused her no problems, except that she could not use standard gloves. (I assume that she also had 12 toes.)


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