Re: Metric Time

David C. Wright (
9 Oct 1995 15:37:37 -0500

In alt.folklore.computers article <4578mk$>, (Keith Morrison) wrote:


> If you have an engine that uses 15 cubic centimeters of gas for every
> meter that it travels, how many liters does it burn travelling 30.5
> kilometers?

Yoiks! What a gas guzzler! What is it, a Tank?

(For the yanks out there, the thing is gurgling roughly six gallons a
mile. I haven't used the american imperial system for over ten years, so
my figures are, perforce, a bit rough. What is it? 35.73 ml to an
american ounce? 12 ounces to a quart? Then there are, of course, four
quarts in a gallon. And what, 2.54 centimeters to an inch? Then there are
12 inches to a foot, three feet to a yard, and some 1500 and change yards
in a mile?)

Personally, I like the 15 Liters/Kilometer figure, resulting in a total
consumption for the given trip of 457.5 liters (I don't even want to guess
at what it would be in imperial). It was a bit dicey for about two years
after Canada changed to metric, but I don't think anybody will *ever* want
to go back. I find it amusing that, after Americans threw off most things
British, they still cling to the Imperial system of weights and measures
like it was a life-raft. Sooo difficult. I'm amazed they still don't use
Chains and Furlongs (oops - they still do, don't they?).

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