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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-04-2010, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Why doesn't time have a metric equivalent?

Just think - a ten hour day, a 10-day week (longer between Mondays for those still working), and a 10-month year.

And, when a woman catches us at something, "Wait just a metric minute," would give us longer to think up a plausible excuse!

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I can't answer your question Ralph but throughout my long career in electronics there were very few days that I thought were long enough, even now well into retirement, I hardly seem to go into my shed when I'm being called for lunch, so if metric would have been applied to time, I would have been as vocal against it as I am for it right now.

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Decimal, duodecimal, sexagesimal, ne'er the twain shall meet.
To paraphrase Disraeli, Life is not dated merely by minutes, hours and years. Events are sometimes the best calendars. In other words, clock time is artificial.
It's time to rise when I wake, and time to eat when I'm hungry. And, if it fits, it's the right size.

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I dont like the way this post is progressing....metric beer.....20 to the carton !!!....I rest my case....AL
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Don't worry, Al. This is really a metric thread, so we'll drink 1 liter beers by the 100-bottle case!

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I dont like the way this post is progressing....metric beer.....20 to the carton !!!....I rest my case....AL
...with each beer a liter... Still against it, Al? <g>

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As a carry over from the 'old days' when things had to be calculated long hand, we still use 6 minute increments for planning arrival and departures from port on the ships. That way, when figuring hours in a voyage it all works to tenths. For example, we departed at 3:18 Thursday morning, and arrived at 7:42 this morning. 52.4 hours. New guys still always ask why we pick the oddest times to do things.... tradition I guess!

Not necessarily metric time, but kind of along the same line.

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Fear not - metric beer works just fine - 24 x 0.5 litre bottles of 5% proof - 9,00 euros.
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I dont like the way this post is progressing....metric beer.....20 to the carton !!!....I rest my case....AL
Al you're thinking about it wrong, in Croatia where I now live, there is 20 beers in a crate, but they are 500ml bottles. That's more beer, and it costs a lot less !!!

Titus, what beer can you get for 9.00 euros a crate and why is there 24 bottles, standard is 20 in europe surely?

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Not being a beer drinker, I just did a quick search and was surprised to see that beer here is sold in 6 packs, 24 packs and SLABS of 12 and stubbies contain the strange amount of 330ml. Some years ago a movie was made here called "they're a weird mob" I'm beginning to wonder!

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