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    Metric vs. other measurement systems - chart-rational-get-real-opyright-2007-6scalkina-mightywombat-com-math-50855316.png

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    Well, there was a study done a while back that showed somewhere north of 80% of Americans believe they are either in the top 20% of income earners or close to it. I never knew it was so crowded at the yacht harbor!

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    Life's hard by the yard, by the inch it's a cinch. Try metricating that.

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    In response to Hemmjo, in Australia tyre sizes use inches to signify wheel diameter. So 255/65 R17 is an example the 17 being inches. The only other aberration I am aware of is altitude measurement for aircraft which is in feet, I guess for safety reasons. Similarly aircraft airspeed and nautical speed is measured in knots or nautical miles per hour, a nautical mile being, I think an arbitrary division used for increments of latitude and longitude which assists in navigation calculations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schuylergrace View Post
    Well, there was a study done a while back that showed somewhere north of 80% of Americans believe they are either in the top 20% of income earners or close to it. I never knew it was so crowded at the yacht harbor!
    And that is the reason why most are broke and don't even know it, even if they all woke up one morning to find they no longer owed anything on any type of credit, and those who play the stock markets found out they no longer held any investment capital aside from their original cash investment none of them would be able to last 6 months on what little real income or actual cash on hand they possessed before once again finding themselves up to their eyebrows in debt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bony View Post
    ... a nautical mile being, I think an arbitrary division used for increments of latitude and longitude which assists in navigation calculations.
    A nautical mile (6076 ft) is approximately the length of one arc minute of latitude on the earth's surface. The length of an arc minute of longitude is different at different latitudes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
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    A quote from...

    https://www.sciencefriday.com/segmen...e-really-need/

    Mathematician James Grime of the YouTube channel Numberphile has determined that 39 digits of pi—

    3.14159265358979323846264338327950288420

    —would suffice to calculate the circumference of the known universe to the width of a hydrogen atom. (That number is rounded, for those of you keeping track.)

    My alma mater has pi to a billion digits available for your delectation...

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    [QUOTE=mklotz;211017]A quote from...

    https://www.sciencefriday.com/segmen...e-really-need/

    Mathematician James Grime of the YouTube channel Numberphile has determined that 39 digits of pi—

    3.14159265358979323846264338327950288420

    —would suffice to calculate the circumference of the known universe to the width of a hydrogen atom. (That number is rounded, for those of you keeping track.)

    JPL, on the other hand tracks Voyager 1 using pi rounded only to a measly 15 digits. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/20...e-really-need/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
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    ówould suffice to calculate the circumference of the known universe to the width of a hydrogen atom. (That number is rounded, for those of you keeping track.)... Snip
    Assuming of course that the universe was round and had some comprehensible and definable limit.

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