Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Robert McGee (
10 Oct 1995 16:50:07 GMT

In article <>, (John Winters) says:
[snipped a Drama in Real Life (tm) about the hazards of buying berries
by the pint]
>Me, I'm broadly in favour of the metric system but I can't let that
>one pass. Your problem here was converting from a volumetric
>measurement to a weight measurement, which would have been just as hard
>in a metric system.

Not at all. A liter (volumetric) is exactly 1000 cubic centimeters
(linear). And one cc of pure water weighs approximately one gram.

>Do *you* know how many litres of strawberries there
>are to the kilo?

Assuming that a strawberry's density is close to that of water, a
kilo of tightly-packed strawberries would fill about a liter.

>Nor do I. And if you can't remember how many pints
>there are in a quart, you're not much likelier to remember how many
>centimetres there are in a metre.

Every USAan (and every Canadian, New Zealander, Australian, Jamaican,
Zimbabwean, etc.) could tell you that a hundredth part of a dollar
is a cent.

On the other hand, the only way I can convert volume and weight
measurements in the U.S. system is to change everything to Tablespoons,
recalling that there are 8 Tsp. in a stick of butter, which come four
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