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 The Metric system eats babies.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I must be ancient. I remember (now) that there were "dime" and "nickle" bags too. I never knew if that meant it cost 10 USD or if it was 10 oz baggie.

I have found this whole discussion mind expanding... Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Which came first, mind altering drugs or the metric system?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:12 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I grew up ordering grass in kilograms and beer in meters.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:12 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

It's true Dutch, your post reminded me that people with lots of friends would buy a "key" for a party.

Who says we (Yanks) don't know the metric system???


Are there metric batteries? We have AAA, AA, C and D cell batteries. All are 1.5 volts, just the storage capacity is the difference (plus the size).

Oooh, I found a lovely chart. The problem is the sizes are all metric...

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When someone asks you about a Sub C cell are you forced to mutter something vague and quickly leave the room? When someone called trying to locate a 4/3 Fat A did it hurt your feelings? Did you think that only inarticulate Canadians said A-A-A-A? This used to happen to us all the time, so we created the following chart! But keep the following things in mind:

* Diameter can vary as much as 1 mm between different manufacturers
* Length can also vary, and also increase with a protruding end cap.
* Weights listed are just the first thing we found in a catalog in that size. YOU CAN'T COMPARE WEIGHTS OF DIFFERENT CHEMISTRIES FROM THIS CHART. Weight of a cell depends on a lot of manufacturer - dependent things. The purpose of the weight column is to give a feel for how heavy a cell will be. Your results will vary. Batteries not included.
* Not all the sizes in this chart can be found off-the-shelf. But we can get just about any size made for you. Just ask!


Source: http://www.powerstream.com/Size.htm

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^^ Don't forget the 6V Lantern battery. Does it even have a letter to designate it's size? We just called them "lantern batteries".

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

With enough of those correctly configured you could start a modern car! (The would have to be wired in series and parallel to achieve the desired result, just saying.)

Also dead lantern batteries were great for throwing a windows... not that I would know anything about that incident. The statute of limitations has surely expired by now.

I love lantern batteries, and yes they are measured metric also.


I read that 4 - F cell batteries make up the inside of a standard lantern battery. I (surprisingly) never did peal one open. I must find a spent lantern battery now.

I suppose that this means that an F cell is also 1.5 volts as 4 of them would equal 6 volts. WOW, the things one can learn in a metrics thread... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I love the metric system.

Having said that, I admit, I'm from Holland and don't know any better Smile though I'm a flight simulation enthousiast and quite used to feet / naut. miles and knots as well.

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