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

Alan Bowler (
Mon, 16 Oct 1995 15:52:22 GMT

In article <> (David Hall) writes:
> wrote:
>: In article <45952g$>, (ANDREW GRYGUS) writes:
>: grams to kilos) to compare prices. I bet even you, if you were
>: intelligent enough to get a drivers license, might want to
>: convert driving distances to driving times. It is all easier in
>: metric.
>Uh, not to get involved in the bigger picture, but I fail to see any
>difference between the following two problems....
>You're driving at 60 mph. It's 80 miles to your destination. How
>long does it take to get there?
>You're driving at 60 kmph. It's 80 km to your destination. How long
>does it take to get there?
As stated there is not much difference, but in practice there is
one since when you are travelling 80 km (or 80 miles) you hope to
do it at highway speeds not at 60 kpm. There is useful rule of thumb
however. Outside the USA you read the sign in hours, and in the US you
read it in minutes.
I.e. If the sign says 150km to X, that is 1.5 hours driving, if it says
90 miles that is 90 minutes.