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Wyatt Earp
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Listen, everyone, I know it's petty but it's driving me up the wall with nearly everyone doing it.

It's Fahrenheit.

FaHrenheit.

Fa H renheit.

Thank you.

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Farhenheit?
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I prefer it my way.
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You see, you don't have that problem when using Celcius.
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Farnite.
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Wyatt Earp
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Only in Norn Iron.
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Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan
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I prefer Celcius to Fahrenheit.

FaHrenheit.

Fa H renheit.

I never knew that's how it was written though.

[ 12.09.2007, 15:35: Message edited by: Hamann ]

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The problem with clinging to imperial measurements is that it's all very well internally (eg ordering pints in pubs and so on, putting distances between cities in the UK in miles, selling apples by the pound, etc) but it causes great hassles when you attempt to interact with everybody else. Plus it must be a hassle for people importing stuff - you buy a kilo of X and then have to repackage it in pounds to sell it on.

My biggest bugbear is (as mentioned many times before) the fucking stupidity of US paper sizes in the age of fax machines and emailed documents.

I don't find any difficulty with switching between one and the other (though I wouldn't fancy buying veg in pounds any more, and fahrenheit is a bit baffling), but then I don't actually think it's very difficult to do any of these things - like driving a right hand car one day and a left hand drive car the next, whereas people who never have to do that often think it must be really hard. It really isn't.

The switch from mpg to l/100km is the hardest one. And I still couldn't easily do it. I just know what figure represents pretty economical in both systems.

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Is there really that much repackaging, though?

There isn't a requirement that goods sold in the UK be in even units of Imperial measurements, is there? I always thought that Illy, for instance, was just required to say that its 250g can of coffee was equal to 9 something ounces. That isn't any more of a hassle than having to have an English language label.

Can't agree with you more about paper sizes, though.

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What's wrong with our paper?
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I think the problem with metric is that there is no measure between a centimetre, about 3/8s inch and a metre which is 39+inches. That's why like many I am comfortable with small sizes but find it hard to visualise larger ones.
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ursus arctos
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It f*cks up printers, fax machines, binders, envelopes and all kinds of other stuff in the more civilised world.

But I'm sure Dubya would tell us that if the US changed to A4 the terrorists would have won.

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There are a transfinite number of measures between a centimetre and a metre.

There may be no units, but that applies in any counting system. You can talk about "decimetres" if it really helps.

[ 12.09.2007, 19:11: Message edited by: toro del fuego ]

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I agree with Oalad. There is a word for 10 centimeters - decimeter, I believe, which is about the width of my hand, so that could sort of be useful, but not really.


UA, what is the paper like in your world?

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A bit longer and narrower than 8 1/2 x 11 (but different enough to create all the problems noted above).

Used everywhere in the world except the US and Canada.

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