Thursday, May 10, 2007

UNITS!

So - It looks like Eminem won't need to alter the title of his film.

On Wednesday Brussels told us we could save the mile, pound, ounce, bushel, furlong ...

I don't approve.

Science teachers are obsessed by units. In an exam you can do a dead hard calculation and get the correct answer only to be awarded a fat zero if you forget the units. Not fair is it?

The Physicists are really sorted with their si units.
Length is always in metres (centimetres not allowed) mass in kg (no not grams) and time in seconds only.


Rently these 'handcrafted. signs went up along the famous Tameside canal.


Hope you didn't think that the WC is 1 metre away? Oops!


Close by there is rusty old sign referring to metres. Come to think of it - if you started digging 9 metres away would you notice this notice?

Ireland gives units:

Oz too:
Italy doesn't:

By coincidence I was in IKEA (also in Tameside) this afternoon and noticed they are introducing inches for the first time. WHY?
I bought some lights on strings 39 1/4 '' long.


And what about this?

KAZ

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24 Comments:

Blogger Arabella said...

Where on earth did you see that Irish road sign? There are none left in Ireland; they have all been nicked to decorate Irish pubs in America and Scandinavia

7:04 pm  
Blogger I, like the view said...

we'll be using librae, solidi, denarii and threepenny bits again soon at this rate. . .

(and - no - that's not a drugs reference!)

7:53 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

Whatever happened to the Rod, Pole and Perch?

My Parrot friend used to fish for Pike in the Gravesend Canal using all three until the EU Police from Interpol arrested him.

Is it me?!!!

8:13 pm  
Blogger Midnight said...

Apparently it was so the Americans didn't have to try and do conversions? They have enough trouble working out how to address a monarch so I suppose it's not surprising.

I tend to use whichever suits me best. For example penis size always sounds more impressive in centimetres and women over 35 usually don't have a clue what the equivalent is in inches.

8:15 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Arabella:
Sorry - never been to Ireland - even though it's just over there.

Google provided that pic.

View:
And then there's drams - 16 of them in an ounce.

I like a wee dram

Murph:
Tameside and Gravesend. They don't sound like the best places to go clubbing do they?
*Far canal*.

Midnight:
If I give my bust size in cm it sounds like I've got one.

Do you often go round giving your penis size to women over 35?
Well - why not?

9:30 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

15 Ml from Paris and only 14 Ml from Norway?

It's EUROVISION!

10:48 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Excellent interpretation Stitch!

Wrong but still inspired.

Ml means - of course - millilitres or cubic centimetres .. Oh shut up Kaz.

9:20 am  
Blogger Betty said...

When I was at primary school we were constantly told that we'd have to learn to go metric, as NO ONE would use imperial measurements by the time we grew up. Just goes to show you - never trust teachers, eh?

9:35 am  
Blogger Dave G said...

Never been good with rithmatic and stuff, for years when asked (which isn't often)I have been giving my penis size in pounds and ounces. Am I American?

10:39 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

Miles have all the best songs...

I Can See For Miles
Eight Miles High

Then there's, er, John Miles.

1:50 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Betty:
Especially a teacher from Brussels.

I'm really surprised at IKEA. I mean what's a quarter of an inch for God's sake?
Metric is so simple.

Dave:
As an (ex) scientist I would have to investigate using my spring balance. The pounds and ounces data would vary with the angle of elevation - but I could use Pythagoras.

American? But I thought you were George Clooney.

Geoff:
You missed out the Proclaimers.

And I thought *Music was your First Love*... did John change your mind?

3:38 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Naughty IKEA!

I'm an SI units nut too... though I never understood about kilograms. The word kilogram, meaning (as well you know) 1,000 gram(me)s makes it sound as though the gram is the real SI unit. Well, it does to me. I remember trying, unsuccesfully, to have the same debate with my phyics teacher many, many years ago but since he was the same teacher who told us not to worry about sub-atomic particles as they hadn't been invented when he was a lad, maybe I souldn't have bothered.

All road signs should be in metres so you get a better idea of how far you're travelling.

5:37 pm  
Blogger Gareth said...

I never believe the more mature elements of the population who claim not to understand metric. My grandmother who would be pushing ninety something if she were still with us, did metric in school, so I assume they must have too.

6:30 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Nic:
Was your physics teacher called Mr. Newton by any chance?

For Chemists the kilogram is a bit of a nuisance as they work in moles which are always measured in grams.

IKEA? They'll be selling embroidered antimacassars next!

Gareth:
The same excuse was made re decimal currency.
I actually heard someone on TV say 'We should wait until all the old people are gone before we change'.

What could be more difficult than pounds shillings and pence, or the other sort of pounds and stones?

8:05 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Dont forget,they are also telling us that Tony Blair was our greatest Ruler!!!

10:17 pm  
Blogger Ruby in Bury said...

I bet you're knackered after running round getting all those photos, Kaz.

I always find it tiresome when people talk about alcohol in units. A bottle of wine a day is a lot simpler than one unit.

11:21 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Tony:
Is that an Imperial ruler like Victoria or a Metric ruler like Napoleon?

Ruby:
Only the Greenfield signpost is a true Kaz original.

Yeah, bottle of wine a meal - er I mean day - that's my kinda unit.

4:43 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Excuse me but I pale at the word 'Ikea' as I've had one too many "bookcase toppling over on me as I incorrectly followed the Swedish instructions" experiences.

5:18 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

1. Very possibly.

2. Well moles are pretty small creatures aren't they, kgs would over the top? I didn't know you chemists worked on them though...you'll have the ALF on your back if that gets out!

3. If IKEA did introduce antimacassars what would they call them... AiroilstØppa? AND interesting that shortly after their chuck out the chintz adverts they seem to be introducing lots of chintzy stuff (to replace that you've chucked out I suppose). With this in mind antimacassars might fit in quite well.

5:22 pm  
Blogger tony said...

The World's first Spinning Ruler??????

6:05 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

mj:
At present I'd quite like to have *Billy* toppling over on me!

NiC:
1: Isaac and Albert would often sign the attendance list in our physics lectures. They probably use swipe cards now.

2: A mole is the molecular weight in grams. A mole of salt is 58.5grams.
Don't say I never tell you anything.

3: A fiendish IKEA plot - of course.

Tony:
Wouldn't that be Alastair from Burnley?

7:00 pm  
Blogger Hobbeschops said...

there is much talk about alcohol units and also this five fruit and veg a day millarky. Do the grapes in wine count as one of them ?

10:08 pm  
Blogger Gerald England said...

would love to comment but I downloaded a Sudoko game and caught some spyware which is being devillish to get rid of, some am trying not to spend too long on line -- this is to let you know you are a runner-up in my caption competition from last week -- see http://hydedailyphoto.blogspot.com/2007/05/flat-on-fire.html

12:01 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hello Hobbeschops:
Canine commentators are always welcome here.
Answer to your questione SI SI !! definitelyo - so your allocation is 5 bottles per day.

Gerald:
I feel proud and humble.

10:13 am  

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