Re: spam is NOT 10 days old to me - got it this a.m.
bar_n0ne at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 21 15:52:16 EST 2005
"Steven Maesslein" <nobody at nowhere.invalid> wrote in message
news:slrndqie32.43h.nobody at 127.0.0.1...
> On Tue, 20 Dec 2005 08:45:01 -0800, Mike Easter coughed into spamcop and
> left this in <do9cec$ja4$1 at news.spamcop.net>:
> > The US isn't even properly metricated, for chrissakes.
> Not only that but a US gallon is not the same thing as a gallon
> As a child I was always taught that "a pint of pure water weighs a pound
> and a quarter", ie: 20oz, and that a gallon was 8 pints.
> Converting that over to metric, one gallon is approx. 4.5 litres.
> However, a US gallon is nearer 3.5 litres. So what went wrong?
Around the time of the US revolt, thte Brits went "metric", and the gallon
was redefined as 10lbs of water. Other standards were also changed which is
why the American foot is slightly different from imperial. (Surveyors know
this). At that time the official position of the US was that it would go
metric and there are references to that in some of the early legislation and
perhaps even the constitution, so there was no point in following Imperial
standards, if they were going to go "French" so to speak, and besides, at
that time they "warn't gonna do like England nohow".
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