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Imperial system lives on

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Imperial system lives on

Postby 9fingers » 12 Jul 2019, 09:31

I like to feed our garden birds and buy large sacks of mixed seeds from Aldi, the well known German discounter. When they are not instore they will send them mail order.
https://www.aldi.co.uk/wild-bird-seed-m ... 9277266800

Their seed comes in sacks marked 12.75kg and I often wondered why that quantity.
10kg, 20kg maybe even 12.5kg would give an integral number of sacks to the tonne.
But 12.75kg?? A few key presses on my phone shows this is almost exactly 28 lbs or 2 stone which is 1/80 of an imperial ton.
Antiquated or what? Strange to see this from a German company.
I have no problem working in imperial units and several of the conversion factors are burnt into memory from my childhood when dual weights were starting to be printed on food containers and I used to like stretching my mental arithmetic skills checking the factors.

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Re: Imperial system lives on

Postby Woodster » 12 Jul 2019, 12:13

I work in whatever unit is convenient at the time, I do prefer metric for engineering jobs though.

There are still very many imperial sized goods available although they normally have to state the metric measurement first. I can’t ever see things like socket sets (drive) ever going metric.
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Postby Andyp » 12 Jul 2019, 15:25

I wonder if/when tyre and wheel sizes will ever go fully metric.
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Postby 9fingers » 12 Jul 2019, 15:44

I can understand the inertia for changing tyre sizes and socket sets etc but don't really understand why bags of birdseed can't just be flipped over night or between print runs of the sacks?
I don't think I've bought anytimg in my lifetime measured in stones.

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Postby Woodster » 12 Jul 2019, 16:30

Out of curiosity I’ve just looked and there are lots of places selling the 12.75kg bird seed.
Maybe we should go back to getting paid in Groats! :lol:

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Re: Imperial system lives on

Postby Rod » 12 Jul 2019, 21:10

Cwt and lbs

Strange also that the maximum lifting weight from the HSE is 25kg

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Re: Imperial system lives on

Postby Mike Jordan » 13 Jul 2019, 08:27

The imperial system will never die, the Americans are not about to stop using it!
Like most people of' my age I frequently use terms such as " an eight by four of 6mm ply please"
One job the metric system is wonderful for is working out the risers on a staircase, measure in mm and use a calculator.
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Postby Woodbloke » 13 Jul 2019, 09:43

I've gradually weaned myself away from the Imperial system; one of the glaring inconsistencies is that we still drive from A to B in miles instead of Km. Daft 'tis - Rob
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