If they say “enquire” on the website, I’m done. I probably can’t afford it anyway.
I feel the same way when they give measurements in mm’s.
Nobody got time for that.
If they say “enquire” on the website, I’m done. I probably can’t afford it anyway.
I feel the same way when they give measurements in mm’s.
Nobody got time for that.
Ludite.
You mean luddite. Ludite is a fake gemstone sold on QVC. Three easy payments of $29.95 plus shipping and handling.
The Algorithm Is Watching
On your first point, totally agree. Just tell me what the damn thing costs, because there are plenty of other sites I can look at, that do include that rather handy piece of info. No, I am not going to give you contact details in exchange for what should be there.
On your second point, seriously? Get with the program . The only thing that doesn't work for me in metric, is the birthweight of babies. 6lb is small, 14lb is a pumpkin. But I wouldn't not buy something just because it's listed in funky old imperial units.
Pete
Math is hard
Metric makes it easier. That's the whole point of it.
How many cubic inches in a gallon? 231.
How many cubic centimeters in a liter? 1000.
Most engineering calculations are massively simpler in metric.
A typical interview question (for non-engineers) is, how many pennies to stack up to reach the height of the Empire State Building? Now they don't care as much about the answer as how you solve it. Me?
- Estimate the length of a roll of 50 pennies, inches are OK. (We're going to divide by 50 to get the thickness of one, this is just way more accurate than estimating the height of one penny. But first...)
- Convert the stack length to metric at approximately 25mm per inch, that's close enough.
- Now estimate the height of the empire state building, feet is OK, then convert to meters.
- Divide building height by penny height as there is easier, direct conversion between meters and millimeters.
I can do the above in my head, or at least used to. In USA English units, I need a calculator.
I won't even get into slug-foot per second squared.
When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.
But did google take into account that a stack of pennies that tall would compress the pennies on the bottom and thereby affect the result?
It would take a long time to stack them. They'd tip over and make a big pile to clean up, too. What if the very top penny blew off the stack in a little puff of high altitude wind, and it fell edgewise to the sidewalk below and struck a pilgrim?
Speak softly and carry a mouthful of marbles.
From a lengthy post on reddit, complete with testing pennies in a press.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/...ed_before_the/
I can attest to a train making a penny laid on the track considerably thinner & larger diameter.
"If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green
Those that don’t shoot out.
Kids I knew did that on the cable car tracks in San Francisco. Come to thing of it, vendors on the boardwalk, Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco sell sourvenir pennies stamped out in an oval with the Lord's Prayer. And I have a dim memory of a machine in an arcade somewhere that did the same thing. You put in a penny and a quarter and got souvenir flattened penny back. That was probably back when a Coke was a dime.
What if the pennies were the clad steel ones from the WWII era?
Speak softly and carry a mouthful of marbles.
That reddit post tells me that American industry is effed if the workforce has that much time on its hands to use industrial presses to flatten pennies and do the calculations as to how much distance a stack of pennies would cover when pushed out to ridiculous numbers.
First of all, you'd never be able to stack 16 million plus pennies to a height greater than 14 miles as they don't make ladders that tall, to say nothing of the inherent stability issues presented by the slight relief in the bust of Lincoln would cause it to tip over before you hit even a mile high.
"Unrepentant Reprobate"
Lew Barrett
Was that old 95% copper pennies or newer plated zinc pennies? Inquiring minds want to know. You would never find that many steel pennies.
Remember the nautical mile is the only measurement that's not based on an arbitrary standard. It is one minute of latitude
If they’d spelt it inquire, i’d have let it go. Now look at us.
I knew a girl in college named Constance, she hated the name Connie and it was a surefire way to get her to ignore you. Alabaster, almost translucent skin, fiery red hair and just the slightest hint of freckles across her cheeks and the bridge of her nose. Green eyes almost as green as a blade of grass.
My freshman year a smile from her was all it took for any man within 20 yards of her to fall helplessly in love or at the very least, hopelessly in lust with her. Not a clue as to what happened to her, can't even remember her last name, but she was a beauty. The modern day equivalent of the inspiration for Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" aaaahhhh.
"Unrepentant Reprobate"
Lew Barrett
Sleep with one eye open.
The meter was originally defined as 1/10,000,000th of the distance from the equator to the North Pole as measured along the Paris Meridien. It was some years after that the the survey project to actually determine the length of a meter began (1795?). They did not survey the entire distance. It was sampled.
Did pretty good surveying: they got it correct to within 0.02%, mostly because they didn't understand that the earth is not spherical and so made an error in their computation of the arc of the earth's surface.
It is that distance that is inscribe on the iridium bar that [used to] defines the standard meter.
And of course all the other units fall from that — the milliliter is 1 cubic centimeter, the gram is the weight of 1 c.c. of water at its point of maximum density (+4° C), the calorie (the amount of energy required to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree centigrade, etc.
You would not enjoy Nietzsche, sir. He is fundamentally unsound. — P.G. Wodehouse (Carry On, Jeeves)
Did we get it sorted out for you Tom? I think so...
Whatever. WTH is so hard about 1000 steps as a common measure? Sheesh!
Sure it is.
90º ?
Why not 72?
Why not divide the circumference of the Earth into 2,654 equal parts?
The nautical mile has a length based on an actual object, the Earth, but the number of divisions is purely a human construct.
Why are there not 17 hours in a day?
Contrariwise, why are both a day and a circle divided by multiples of 12?
Assuming a concrete and rational answer to that question, why is the division of a foot into 12 inches such a horror to the metrically-indoctrinated?
So many questions . . .
Rattling the teacups.
I asked herself how many mm’s in an inch. She told me. Smart @ss.
Now she thinks a little less of me for not knowing. I said as much. She reassured me that she couldn’t possibly think less of me.
I once wrote an essay promoting metric time. There would be days of ten hours, with one hundred minutes in each hour, and one hundred seconds in a minute. We are kind of stuck with 365.25 days in a year, though. Weeks would have ten days, comprised of six work days and a four day weekend. After 36 such weeks there would be a five day annual holiday.
Payroll calculations would be lots easier.
We’d work Monday thru Saturday, and have Sunday, Funday, Playday and Choreday for ourselves.