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  1. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    No one uses the dry gallon though. I'm trying to think of a case where it's used and not coming up with anything. Quarts are for milk. Milk, juice and other such things are measured in quarts and gallons. Soft drinks are measured in liters unless they are less than a liter in size. Then they are measured in ounces. Make sense now?

  2. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    :rofl: reading through these last few posts about the US's measuring system is pretty confusing actually... I for one think we should just jump on the metric bandwagon...

    Gallons for gas and milk, liters for soda, and quarts also for milk. :D

    This just made my day. :p
  3. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

  4. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    What's weirder is that this system actually makes sense to virtually all Americans and we find the metric system to be weird even though it's insanely simpler. Go figure.
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  5. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    It's clear that we prefer things complicated and irrational. Just look at government. ;) :)
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  6. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    No, it doesn't make sense. We measure all fluids in litres and millilitres. Millilitres are exactly 1/1,000th of a litre. It doesn't make sense that you use litres and ounces to measure soft drinks when one is metric and the other is imperial.

    I guess we still have some legacy with regard to imperial measures in Canada. I still use feet and inches to measure the height of a person and lbs. for weight. Living spaces are measured in square feet. Measurements for hockey and (Canadian) football arenas are still in imperial measures. I guess if you cook, you still use teaspoon and tablespoons. For these things, I would not have a good sense of how big or small something is if I see them described in metric.
  7. mwrobe1

    mwrobe1 Active Member

    I'll state right here, right now...going on record...there is NO WAY the world is going to end on 12/21/2012.

    It can't. The only thing that you KNOW is going to signal the end of the world is...
    The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.

    When/If that happens...I may get a little concerned.
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  8. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    Well, liters are printed on everything. As I look at my 12 oz bottle of water I see the equivalent in mL printed on it. So, if you really want to measure things in liters you can. However, if you ask someone for a a 355 mL bottle of water they will look at you like you just fell out of a tree or something. They will have absolutely no clue at all what you are talking about.
  9. huh

    huh Well-Known Member


  10. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    If I want 355 mL of pop, I ask for a can. If I want 590 mL of pop, I ask for a bottle.

    Actually, it's the other way around. I ask for a can of something, I get 355mL. I ask for a bottle, I get 590 mL. Those are the standard sizes for canned and bottled drinks you get at restaurants.

    The larger bottles are 2L. Those, I don't ask for. I just grab them off the shelf and take it to the counter myself. Those you get in grocery stores.
  11. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    A.Nonymous and Stuntman are both from Canadia? Unlees you two are from midwest US.
    You gave it away with "pop".

    I've been trying to stop calling it that for years. I just can't call it "soda", or "coke" like they do in the south.
  12. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    soda is something you drink and coke is something you snort. :D
  13. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    Pop is what you do to a zit :puke:
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  14. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    Well, the 355 ml I had was a bottle. But then that was water which is never canned for whatever reason. I'd say it was the exception, but it's not. You can buy bottles of pop in everything from small bottles to 20 oz (590 ml) bottles to 1 L bottles. There's even a size between the 20 oz and the 1 L. Actually, Coke sells their products in cans, 12.5 oz bottles, 16 oz bottles, 20 oz bottles and even 7.5 oz mini cans. So if you walk into the convenience store and ask for a bottle of Coke, chances are there a number or choices with the 20 oz being the most common.

    I'm from the midwest US. It's referred to as pop here. Never Coke unless you're actually going to buy a Coca-cola. You're not going to buy a Coke and pick up a Dr. Pepper. Soda is used here, but not very often.
  15. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    We’re looking at the end of the world and arguing about what to call a soft drink.
  16. Kamau

    Kamau Well-Known Member

    This would be really messed up for those 2 who won that Powerball, to have the world end in 3 weeks.
  17. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    Coke used to be referred to as "dope"

    With all the media, local dialects are losing ground to General American.

    We still have Mayan descendants in Mexico - are they worried?
  18. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

  19. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    The Egyptians used cubits and built pyramids. Far too much is made of standard vs metric.

    Anyone here remember perpetual calendars? Our calendar works on a perpetual cycle.

    According to this article, Mayans today insist that the same is true of their calendar, evidently it just takes longer to cycle -


    However, I don't think that any of them are the fun loving sort, so I'm not inviting them to my pyramid party to mark the end of world, which is coming real soon now! :)
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  20. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    With cyclical calendars, another way to look at it is the beginning of a new age rather than the end of the world.

  21. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I heard all about how the year 2000 wasn't going to be the end of the world, but the beginning of a new age of enlightenment for all humanity. How'd that work out again?
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  22. Kamau

    Kamau Well-Known Member

    I sure hope that "new age" didn't mean reality tv and/or Justin Bieber, cause I'm sick of both right now.
  23. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Really well. Observe -

    Prior to 2000, practically everyone loved reality shows and hardly anyone owned an Android phone.

    Just look now.

    Yeah. Enlightenment is like that.

    You're welcome!
  24. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    I'm still waiting for the Age of Aquarius
  25. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    You should all know that Jupiter is in the 11th hour, the end is upon us!

    (IE: it's now December ;) :p )

    Now, from time to time, I'll watch shows like Doomsday Prophesy or whatever it's called, well, there was this one guy who they talked about on this show....

    He was a fairly accomplished prophet (I think he was from the south?)... and he said that the key to preventing the end of the world was buried under the sphinx's foot... Well, a few years later, an team went to investigate and found that there was a chamber underneath the foot! :eek:

    Egypt's government banned them from digging any farther... it was also thought that the key to saving the world had to do with the missing key stone from the top of the pyramid....

    I don't know much about all this, but, it's interesting enough, and I thought that some of you guys may be interested in this little tid-bit of speculation that I recalled.

    :D :p

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