## Re: [delmarvastargazers] speaking of unit conversion problems!

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• Yes, 1.45 Meters. Bill Hartung One would hope manned missions are more carefully thought out! In a message dated 1/11/04 7:29:04 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Message 1 of 13 , Jan 11, 2004
Yes, 1.45 Meters.

Bill Hartung

One would hope manned missions are more carefully thought out!

In a message dated 1/11/04 7:29:04 AM Eastern Standard Time, bdj470@... writes:
So what should it have really said? 1.45 Meters?

Bill

At 10:24 PM 1/10/2004, you wrote:
Here's 1/10 AP headline about the Spririt rover on Mars.  This is off
the CNN website:

>Rover ready to leave lander, explore Mars
>
>PASADENA, California (AP) -- NASA's Spirit rover has fully unfolded
>itself and stretched up to its full 4-foot, 9-inch (1.45-centimeters)
>height, making it ready to drive off the lander that delivered it to
>Mars, the space agency said Saturday.

So the next time you hear a joke about NASA messing up unit
conversion... :-)

Bob

• The exact word-for-word article appeared in my local newspaper this morning, *without* the conversion to metric; so the fault is probably with CNN and not with
Message 2 of 13 , Jan 11, 2004
The exact word-for-word article appeared in my local newspaper this
morning, *without* the conversion to metric; so the fault is probably
with CNN and not with the AP.

Or else the local editor assumed no one would know centimeters from
centipedes, and took it out for that reason ...

Steve
• the cure for these types of uh-oh s is to create a single system for counting, measuring, and currency. many years ago when i was trying to teach high
Message 3 of 13 , Jan 11, 2004
the cure for these types of uh-oh's is to create a single system for
counting, measuring, and currency.

many years ago when i was trying to teach high schoolers the error ratio
between problems involving currency:noncurrency was somewhere in the 10:1
range; ie, kids learn and know money because it is real - comething they
can touch, visualize, and spend.

remember pecks, rods, links, cubits, etc? and cord?

just an observation...

Don

Bob Bunge <bbunge@...> on 01/10/2004 10:24:12 PM

To: novac@..., delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com
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Subject: [delmarvastargazers] speaking of unit conversion problems!

Here's 1/10 AP headline about the Spririt rover on Mars. This is off
the CNN website:

>Rover ready to leave lander, explore Mars
>
>PASADENA, California (AP) -- NASA's Spirit rover has fully unfolded
>itself and stretched up to its full 4-foot, 9-inch (1.45-centimeters)
>height, making it ready to drive off the lander that delivered it to
>Mars, the space agency said Saturday.

So the next time you hear a joke about NASA messing up unit
conversion... :-)

Bob

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• ... Quintals? Podals? Roods? Hectares? Firkins? Noggins? Farthings? Leagues? Fathoms? How many south forty s would you have to own to own a square mile of
Message 4 of 13 , Jan 11, 2004
Don R Surles wrote:
>
> remember pecks, rods, links, cubits, etc? and cord?
>

Quintals? Podals? Roods? Hectares? Firkins? Noggins? Farthings?
Leagues? Fathoms? How many "south forty's" would you have to own to
own a square mile of land? When they speak of the "Dover Hundred,"
what is that a measure of, and how large is it?

And folks want to stick with the "English" system of measurement
because the metric system is too confusing?
• Steve and all, Problem is the journalist who havea BA in history or English covering science stories. They have know clue as to what the scientista re
Message 5 of 13 , Jan 11, 2004
Steve and all,

Problem is the journalist who havea BA in history or English covering
science stories. They have know clue as to what the scientista re
talkignabout and then have no clue or understandingat on on the
measuremt or size of space or anything astronomical.

Just my two cents worth....

Paul

--- In delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com, Steve Long
<longsteven@c...> wrote:
> The exact word-for-word article appeared in my local newspaper this
> morning, *without* the conversion to metric; so the fault is
probably
> with CNN and not with the AP.
>
> Or else the local editor assumed no one would know centimeters from
> centipedes, and took it out for that reason ...
>
> Steve
• Hey Don, ... Actully Don the rest of the world has a standard system for all the above.....Its called Metric! Part of the System International units. LMAO
Message 6 of 13 , Jan 11, 2004
Hey Don,

You wrote:

--- In delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com, "Don R Surles"
<Don.R.Surles-1@u...> wrote:
>
> the cure for these types of uh-oh's is to create a single system for
> counting, measuring, and currency.
>
Actully Don the rest of the world has a standard system for all the
above.....Its called Metric! Part of the System International units.
LMAO

Running and Ducking the cannuck from the north!

Paul Gray
• shillings? farthings? quids? pence? Paul, I grew up with ungodly horsepower from engines with 409 & 427 cubic inches, multiple 2 & 4 barrel carbs, 4 speed
Message 7 of 13 , Jan 11, 2004
shillings? farthings? quids? pence?

Paul, I grew up with ungodly horsepower from engines with 409 & 427 cubic
inches, multiple 2 & 4 barrel carbs, 4 speed transmissions and a dragstrip
of 1/4 mile with eta in seconds and speed in miles per hour. changing all
that is like asking the pope to become baptist, actually a southern
baptist.

but i can handle kilometers; just a K X .6 = miles

Don...

"Paul Gray" <perserid@...> on 01/11/2004 08:35:05 PM

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Hey Don,

You wrote:

--- In delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com, "Don R Surles"
<Don.R.Surles-1@u...> wrote:
>
> the cure for these types of uh-oh's is to create a single system for
> counting, measuring, and currency.
>
Actully Don the rest of the world has a standard system for all the
above.....Its called Metric! Part of the System International units.
LMAO

Running and Ducking the cannuck from the north!

Paul Gray

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• Don, Since you can convert Km to miles, explain the two signs in the photo I uploaded named metric.... According to that road crew, it s a little
Message 8 of 13 , Jan 12, 2004
Don,

Since you can convert Km to miles, explain the two signs in the photo

According to that road crew, it's a little different....

Pj
• Paul, that must be a great pic for the stealth industry. Can you give this kuntry boy a hint where i might find it? Don... PJ on
Message 9 of 13 , Jan 12, 2004
Paul, that must be a great pic for the stealth industry. Can you give this
kuntry boy a hint where i might find it?

Don...

"PJ" <pjr127@...> on 01/12/2004 10:55:20 AM

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Subject: [delmarvastargazers] Re: speaking of unit conversion problems!

Don,

Since you can convert Km to miles, explain the two signs in the photo

According to that road crew, it's a little different....

Pj

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• Don, That sign was reported to be in Al. Pj P.S. The person who took the pic did say the error was on the english side, mile marker 72 and 81 were extremely
Message 10 of 13 , Jan 13, 2004
Don,
That sign was reported to be in Al.
Pj
P.S. The person who took the pic did say the error
was on the english side, mile marker 72 and 81 were
extremely 'close' (no marker for mile 73,74,etc.)

--- Don R Surles <Don.R.Surles-1@...>
wrote:
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> Paul, that must be a great pic for the stealth
> industry. Can you give this
> kuntry boy a hint where i might find it?
>
> Don...
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> "PJ" <pjr127@...> on 01/12/2004 10:55:20 AM
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> Don,
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> Since you can convert Km to miles, explain the two
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> According to that road crew, it's a little
> different....
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> Pj
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