A litre of water's a pint and three quarters.

How come the USA stuff is 'short'?
Measures as they were on the Mayflower?
Inadequate measurement equipment? Inadequate maths?

There used to be different Imperial gallons in the 1700s depending on what was being measured. Wine, beer, grain, used different sized gallons. In the 1800s the UK standardized on one gallon size, the US on another. But both originated in the UK.
 
How come the USA stuff is 'short'?
Measures as they were on the Mayflower?
Inadequate measurement equipment? Inadequate maths?
The US Customary System was based on the pre-Imperial system of English units, sometimes known as the Winchester system. That dated back to Roman and Saxon standards; standards were based on things that were easy to measure, but it really didn’t matter about accuracy. When your were building mud huts or bartering home brew for a loaf, accuracy wasn’t important. Master masons on cathedrals, castles, bridges etc where accuracy mattered used standard gauges on each project, but they weren’t standardised outside of the site. Thus a yard long stone block on Salisbury will be slightly different to one on Lincoln cathedral but every block on Salisbury would be the same.

With the advent of global trade, railways and the like, standardisation became important. The Imperial system modified / codified Winchester measures into standard measures in IIRC 1824. The US Customary Measures system did the similar a few years later. They just didn’t adopt the same measures and standards.

IIRC the US system was redefined in metric terms in the 50s. This the standard US Pound is actually defined in kegs.
 
A couple of thoughts not covered above:

What the yanks call a quart, is half a pint short...

Vehicle cab height displayed in feet and inches, but garage forecourts show height in Metres...

These inconsistencies may be the reason for one of my yufetoob viewing pleasures, trucks hitting low bridges.
 
Low-level cannabis dealers, and some police drug examiners, use the 1p coin (3.5 gram) to measure small amounts on balance scales. This is because, even the youngaz, are still on Imperial and want their 'eighth' of an ounce (=3.5 gram). The 2p is a 'quarter', 7g.
 
Low-level cannabis dealers, and some police drug examiners, use the 1p coin (3.5 gram) to measure small amounts on balance scales. This is because, even the youngaz, are still on Imperial and want their 'eighth' of an ounce (=3.5 gram). The 2p is a 'quarter', 7g.
So that's why the 1p coin is the size that it is. Somebody at the mint was as high as a kite. You learn something new every day.
 
I still call people "half-pint" as a term of abuse. No idea what the metric equivalent is.
Reminds me that our French teacher nicknamed the shortest girl in the class as Gill. I'm pleased to say that she didn't exhibit suicidal tendencies as a result.

A gill could be a quarter or half pint depending on location. Also a spirits measure could be either 1/5 or 1/6 of a gill.
 

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All this talk of Farenheit got me back to Farenheit 451. Blimey! Ray Bradbury was a better predictor of the futer than Tommorows World ever was.
 
I've just been doing an IPSOS MORI follow up survey as part of an NHS C-19 study.

They asked for my height and weight, so I used the metrics that came most readily to mind. Slightly to my surprise they were:

Height - in feet/ inches​
Weight - In Kg​
Does this mean that the average height bloke part of me is pro-BREXIT and the fat bloke part of me is a Remainer?
 
I've just been doing an IPSOS MORI follow up survey as part of an NHS C-19 study.

They asked for my height and weight, so I used the metrics that came most readily to mind. Slightly to my surprise they were:

Height - in feet/ inches​
Weight - In Kg​
Does this mean that the average height bloke part of me is pro-BREXIT and the fat bloke part of me is a Remainer?
Tell them your height in cubits, and weight in barleycorns
 
Unless I'm taking full tanks, I generally work out what I need then convert it to litres. Ground blokes get told the number of litres specifically required in each tank and they then get on with it.

Pre flight check then confirms I've got what I asked for.
Back in the days of RAFG we used to buy duty free fuel coupons to be redeemed at the local service stations, in denominations of however many litres. Up til then I had never given a thought to the capacity of my car's fuel tank. About 40 litres for a 2000 Ford Escort since you ask.

Following our forcible relocation to East Angular, first time filling up:
"How much?"
"20 litres"
"Are you just back from Germany?"

Also, a couple of years later, a new and unusual warning light appeared on the dash, looked like an amber petrol pump. That is when I realised I was back to being a pauper.
 
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