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# Thread: Metric vs. other measurement systems - chart

1. Originally Posted by clavius
This reminds me of an article about those kids that were trapped in the underwater cave a couple of years back. I think it was in Thailand. One of the UK newspapers had an infographic showing a cross section of the rescue path to illustrate how difficult the rescue was going to be. They described the narrowest part of the passage as being "The width of four Mars candy bars"...
Would than be the "Fun Size" (19.7 g) the "Snack Time" (36.5 g), the regular sized single 58 g bar OR the "king-size" 84 g bar?

All we can do is smile and do our best!!!!

2. Which raises the question, what is the accepted length of a football field?

In Usonian football, the playing area is 100 yards (300 feet) long but there are two 10 yard endzones so the total field length is 120 yards (360 feet).

Then there's the matter of what "football" means. In many countries, it's soccer, and I believe the dimensions of soccer fields can vary.

Thankfully, I'm ignorant of all the other forms of the game played throughout the world. It seems that "football field" is as rubber a measurement as "barrel" or "bushel".

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Jon (Dec 26, 2020)

4. That's ironic; even a football field is not the standard measurement length of a football field.

This one was easy to make, even with my limited graphic skills:

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will52100 (Dec 26, 2020)

6. Even more ironic...

Since its length is unspecified, it's logical to average 100 yards and 120 yards to get 110 yards, which is almost exactly 100 METERS.

[I secretly enjoy manufacturing these fictitious joins between the two systems to confound the stupid. In college, I had a liberal arts major gal convinced that the frequent use of the dozen in the inferial system was due to widespread polydactylism among the Quaker colonists.]

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baja (Dec 27, 2020)

8. Originally Posted by mklotz
Even more ironic...

Since its length is unspecified, it's logical to average 100 yards and 120 yards to get 110 yards, which is almost exactly 100 METERS.

[I secretly enjoy manufacturing these fictitious joins between the two systems to confound the stupid. In college, I had a liberal arts major gal convinced that the frequent use of the dozen in the inferial system was due to widespread polydactylism among the Quaker colonists.]
That was mean!

9. Had to look up Polydactyly or polydactylism ... (from Greek πολύς (polys) 'many', and δάκτυλος (daktylos) 'finger'), also known as hyperdactyly, is an anomaly in humans and animals resulting in supernumerary fingers and/or toes. Polydactyly is the opposite of oligodactyly (fewer fingers or toes).

I can go back to bed now I learned my "something new" for today!!!

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bigtrev8xl (Dec 27, 2020)

11. Originally Posted by FEM2008
That was mean!
Not as mean as the ingénue I convinced that my senior thesis was the equations of motion that demonstrated why meteorites always land in craters.

12. Originally Posted by mklotz
Not as mean as the ingénue I convinced that my senior thesis was the equations of motion that demonstrated why meteorites always land in craters.
Oh Marv, That is too easy!!! It is for the same reason that you always find lost items in the last place you look!!!

13. When I taught Physics years ago we used metric - almost exclusively. Occasionally I needed to explain a concept using the "other" system to help a few students understand what was happening. I enjoyed challenging my students and once- tongue-in-cheek told them America was going to shift to "metric TIME" they didn't know what to do after that suggestion....

14. metric TIME" they didn't know what to do after that suggestion....
Or even decimal time!

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