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# Re: a dumb query? pls humor me

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Ron Johnson wrote:
> On 02/25/07 16:04, John K Masters wrote:
>> On Sun, 25 Feb 2007 23:40:57 +0200
>> Andrei Popescu <andreimpopescu@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>> On Sun, 25 Feb 2007 15:09:40 -0500
>>> Michael Pobega <pobega@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> No, I know that they all use the metric system. Hell, my father is
>>>> married to a Brit. But I always forget that they use it, and I
>>> Where do you think the "Imperial" system comes from?
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>> Andrei
>> Don't forget the US gallon is different to the Imperial gallon
>> From Wikipedia:-
>
>> There are three definitions in current use:
>
>>     * U.S. liquid gallon is legally defined as 231 in³, which is equal
>> to 3.785411784 liters (exactly) or about 0.13368 cubic feet. This is
>> the most common definition of a gallon. The U.S. fluid ounce is defined
>> as 1/128 of a U.S. gallon.
>>     * U.S. dry gallon is one-eighth of a U.S. Winchester bushel of
>> 2150.42 in³, thus 268.8025 in³ (exactly) or 4.40488377086 liters
>> (exactly)
>>     * Imperial (UK) gallon is legally defined as 4.54609 litres, which
>> is about 1.2 U.S. liquid gallons. This definition is occasionally used
>> in United Kingdom, and is based on the volume of 10 pounds of water at
>> 62 °F. (A U.S. liquid gallon weighs about 8.33 pounds at the same
>> temperature.) The Imperial fluid ounce is defined as 1/160 of an
>> Imperial gallon.
>
> Those damned Brits can't even get the gallon correct!!!
>

Might you not have that a bit backwards?  The Brits were around long
before the Americans, and have not changed their system.  Well, they did
change their monetary system, so normal people could count money.

Please don't think that the United States of America is the whole world,
or has a right to tell the rest of the world what to do.
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