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Miles for kilometers?

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Miles for kilometers?

Anyone else noticed that a lot of new distance markets on roads and motorways are at distances that easily convert to kilometers?
For example several exit signs on A14 and M11 read "Exit 2/3 mile" which is near as dammit 1km. Also "services  3 Miles which again is near as dammit 5km.
How soon before we lose our miles?Huh
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Re: Miles for kilometers?

On the other hand, how many 'metric' food items are sold in multiples (or round fractions) of 453 or 454g?
Many years ago (early to mid 70s) I remember a sign being installed in Trowbridge (Wiltshire) 'Give way 100m', we thought this was the beginning of metrification but it still hasn't really caught on.
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Re: Miles for kilometers?

I still use feet and inches as it has always been more accurate
and if it aint a foot long its not a subway Tongue
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I still use feet and inches as it has always been more accurate

Er.What?
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I'm always prepared to go the extra 1,609.344 metres Cheesy
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I still use feet and inches as it has always been more accurate

Er.What?

I have always found feet & inches to be more accurate, however those that was born since the change will obviously differ as they will most likely struggle to understand, but old timers like me know what I am referring to Tongue Smiley
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I still use feet and inches as it has always been more accurate


Give, or take, a couple o` thou` . Cheesy
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the old time fitter or tool room operator could measure to a sixtyforth using the eye and steel rule which is 15 thou. you cant do that in metric  Wink
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now some are starting to show their age Tongue lol
You cant measure hot & cold tappets in mm lol
But you could measure spark plugs with a cigarette packet lol
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SWMBO has never got to grips with miles and when giving an idea of how far left to travel I convert to km for her.
I can judge miles easily. Often, when on the motorway, picking a point and telling her it's 1/2 mile or mile, etc. to the next bridge or whatever and I'm usually spot on by the odometer - but km, nope better change to miles.
Metres to yards is easier as there is only around 3 inch difference Cheesy

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One penalty of being of a certain age is that dimensions of most things are given in mm and I have to convert that to imperial to visualise it Sad
On the plus side I no longer think Fahrenheit for temperatures.
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BUT....
Wood is sold in "metric units"....Next time you`re in B&Q ask one of the elves to show you where they keep the Two by Two batten wood...  Huh
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try measuring in hands and get it as accurate as the original person that came up with the idea, as we all have different sized hands Tongue
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Some other odd ones:
Butt = 126 gallons of wine
Firkin = 9 gallons
Kip = 1000 pounds/force
Minim = 60 minims to the fluid ounce
Scruple = 20 grains
Slug = 32.174 pounds
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Firkin = 9 gallons

There's been a lot of pubs with the word 'Firkin'. There was a Fox and Firkin close to where I used to live.

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