Pounds vs Dollars

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Hmm. I believe there's actually a difference between Imperial ounces and US "British" ounces, isn't there? Or is it fluid ounces? I had a feeling that a pound or a pint in one place is 12 vs. 16 or something like that...
 

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A pint of fluid is 16 fluid ounces in the American system [for internal consistentency], but comes a little over 16 oz of water by weight. For some reason I have yet to work out, Imperial volumetric measures are somewhat larger than the equivalent American measure, but do not come to [for instance] a standard Metric figure. An Imperial bushel is 8 Imperial gallons, and is equivalent to 1.03 bushel U.S.St'd; a U.S.St'd bushel is equal to 8 U.S. dry gallons, or 9.31 U.S. liquid gallons; and the Imperial gallon is equal to 1.20 U.S.St'd liquid gallons. The Imperial gallon, in fine, is equal to 160 Imperial fluid ounces [154 U.S.St'd fl oz, but the Imperial one is more accurate], while the U.S.St'd gallon is equal to 128 of the slightly larger U.S.St'd fl oz.
 
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Most recently-printed books and recipes in magazines that I've used use metric only. But tablespoon and teaspoon measures are still used.
 

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I just can't help thinking of the infamous 'Stone Henge' sequence in This Is Spinal Tap. The fact that we're talking about Iron Maiden is just the icing on the cake...
 

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BAH! The Metric SYSTEM! My car gets 3 hogsheads to the furlong and that's the way I like it!
 
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A 'hogshead' varies in precise quantity according to the alcohol liquid under discussion, but is about 50 gallons. And a furlong is 220 yards*. So you're happy with a car that needs 150 gallons to go 220 yards. What the **** are you driving, Mark?



* i.e. 10 chains - 1 chain being the length of a wicket in cricket of course. Just fon't get me started on rods and perches.
 

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