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

Pyotr Filipivich (
18 Oct 1995 02:00:02 GMT (Godfrey Rock) writes:

|>In article <>,
|>Chris Marriott <> wrote:
|>>>In article <>,
|>>>DaveHatunen <> wrote:
|>>>Oh, things like this bottle of shampoo I have in my shower right
|>>>now, I'd presume. Made in the US, it proudly sports Imperial
|>>>measurements, along with a metric measurement for those of us who
|>>>have trouble converting:
|>>> 8.7 oz (250 ml)
|>>Huh? How can you equate a unit of mass with a unit of volume?
|Follow this closely, particularly if you're American, and therefore have
|funny ideas about Imperial Volumetric Measurements :-)

|A (UK) gallon of water (at somewhere close to freezing) weighs 10 lbs.
|10 lbs is 160 ozs
|Therefore 1 (British) pint of water weighs 20 ozs.
|This is the origin of there being 20 (fluid) ozs to the pint.

|A pint of water (at least in the UK) is 568 or thereabouts grammes of water.
|(SG 1gm/cc at somewhere around 0 deg C) so it occupies around 568 ml.

|Therefore 20 (fluid) ozs (which is solely a volumetric measurement except
|where water is concerned) equates to 568 ml.

|There :-) Simple, and relatively painless, wasn't it?

Wait a minute - what ever happened to "a pints a pound the world
around"? I din't think beer prices were the reference. So what gives?



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