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Mon Apr 18, 2022 8:47 am
So there is this kind of thread on another forum I was in, where people posted their random thoughts, sometimes they post about how their day went (almost like a public diary entry of some kind), or something about a movie they recently watched, a story they read, something they saw on the news etc. And every once in a while, some members responded to those posts and proceed to have a long discussion about that interest of theirs.

I wonder if I can bring something like it over here as well? Let's try shall we? Post random thoought, or whatever thing you find interesting really. Lets Go!
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Mon Apr 18, 2022 9:20 am
Today I randomly recalled about how different animals from different evolution line eventually evolved into the same anatomical shape which is crab-shape, there were some videos about it on Youtube.

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Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:07 am
Yes, it's an interesting fact and it appears that 5 different crab species have evolved from different non-crab species. It's called carcinisation - a form of convergent evolution.


However, I did check out the 'Cracked' site that wrote an article on this but found another article about how the measurements of a 'foot' (currently 12 inches) has changed over the years.

Disturbingly, the article ended with this: 

Luckily, today, the entire world uses just one unit of length, the standard foot. All countries use it, particularly all scientists. And everyone uses pounds, miles, Fahrenheit, and bushels; this is only logical.

I really really hope this was a tongue-in-cheek piece of sarcasm of how Americans know nothing about the world outside of the USA.
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Mon Apr 18, 2022 5:42 pm
Ah of course, the international standard unit of temperature, Fahrenheit.
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Mon Apr 18, 2022 6:53 pm
I still don't understand why the US joins the rest of the world in using a base-10 system, rather than some off the wall imperial system that made sense because we were told so. 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet to a yard, 5280 feet to a mile . . . wtf?

Also, it sounds like you guys in the UK use both units interchangeably. You measure speed by miles per hour, but distance in kilometers?
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Tue Apr 19, 2022 2:25 am
I'm from southeast and as far as I can remember, we use kilometres any time of the day.

When I first saw speedometers in western movies, I thought mph means metre per hour lol which already sounds insane in and of itself.
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Tue Apr 19, 2022 4:25 am
In the UK, we really only work in miles - per hour and distance. It's mainly cyclists who might use kilometers because it's the recognised language of the sport.

The origins of UK / Imperial measurements are bonkers. The traditional story of the yard is that it was the distance between the tip of King Henry 1's nose to the tip of his fingers. A lot of old measurements were taken from body parts - like a foot! and an inch was meant to be the span of a man's thumb. This does all make sense to some degree when you think back to the days before there were any kind of measuring devices like rulers. You stretch out a some cloth between your nose to your fingertips and you've got a yard of cloth.

I worked in Serbia for a year or so and the English-speaking bar I used held a quiz night once a week. One night the question something like this came up: "What sports field has maximum measurements of 23.77m x 10.97m?" The answer was a tennis court. The question master then looked over to us English (who invented the game of course) and said "Why did you English  make the court with such silly dimensions?!" As you might guess, the answer was that in imperial measurements it's 78 x 36 ft.

We do interchange temperatures. It depends on whether the temperature is hot or cold. In the winter people will say "Hey it's cold out there - minus 3!" but in the summer they'll say "Wow it's hot out there - must be close to 90!". If a weather forecaster were to say it's going to be 32 degrees fahrenheit today - not many people would know if it's going to be hot or cold. Having said that, on the hot side, people use celsius a lot more these days "It's 32 out there today!" Then again, if we go down with a fever, or Covid, our temperature will only be recognisable in fahrenheit. "He's got a temperature of 103!"

However, if you really want a wtf moment, you should consider British currency before it went metric in 1971.

I put this spoof image together just after we stupidly left the EU. The message about reverting to 'old money' isn't true, but all the details of the currency denominations are.
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Fri Apr 22, 2022 7:21 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5yCk6Qpuv4&ab_channel=TrevorNoah

The fragment between 4:40 - 6:20 refers to the imperial measurement system in the USA
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Fri Apr 22, 2022 7:45 am
This guy is good!

There's another difference between US and UK, even in Imperial measurements. In the UK someone might weigh 11 stone 6 pounds (lbs). In the US they would weigh 160 lbs. Say what your weight is to someone from the other country and they won't have a clue how heavy you are!
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Sun Apr 24, 2022 5:14 pm
I always have problems converting units in cooking recipes. American vs British ounces, quarts, cups or gallons are not the same {metric) quantities. Not that I cook gallons of whatever...
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Sun Apr 24, 2022 5:42 pm
Many years ago I remember training courses being offered on 'metrication' which led to a lot of running gags relating to our regular shopping for things like:

2 kilometers of beef
6 litres of butter
3 kilograms of curtain material
4 metres of milk
8 centilitres of frozen peas
1 litre of Jack Daniel's (oh yeah - don't change that one!)
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Thu May 05, 2022 4:15 pm
Here's a picture from Google maps showing that the new South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex in the UK is located on Letsby Avenue. To me, and most Brits, this shows the absolute genius of the person who named the road 'Letsby Avenue' when the development was being built.

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I'm just wondering:
a) does anyone who's not British get this?
b) does anyone have anything similar from their own country that's hilarious to them, but that 'foreigners' might not understand in the same way?
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Fri May 06, 2022 4:48 am
a) I don't get it  random thought thread 1f615 
b) of course, but on the most part foreigners don't speak Polish so they won't get it anyway random thought thread 1f604
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