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Aero_Shodanjo
11-21-2004, 09:01 AM
It's a fact that the measurement units in this sim are generally divided into two part: Metric and Imperial.

While i do understand the science behind the metric measurement (100cm = 1m, 1000m = 1km etc) and that there's an international standard for one meter (in Paris if I'm not mistaken), I'm still puzzled about the science behind imperial standard.

I know that 1 ft roughly equals to 30,5cm, and that 1 mile = 1,6km etc but where are those imperial standards come from actually?

Things got more mixed up when it comes to Gallons vs Litres, knot, nautical miles, you name it...

I dont mean to "declare" which is better than which because I believe that it's a matter of habit. Just curious about the standard used in Imperial units that's all.

Can anybody help?

Zyzbot
11-21-2004, 09:32 AM
http://members.aol.com/JackProot/met/spvolas.html

Aero_Shodanjo
11-21-2004, 09:39 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Zyzbot:
http://members.aol.com/JackProot/met/spvolas.html <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

After checking that website I'm confused even more lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

But thanks for helping. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

NegativeGee
11-21-2004, 09:56 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Aero_Shodanjo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Zyzbot:
http://members.aol.com/JackProot/met/spvolas.html <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

After checking that website I'm confused even more lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thats Imperial for you mate!

vertical453
11-21-2004, 10:03 AM
I dont know if this is what you want but if you go into the controls and set a key for "Toggle Speed Bar" you can have mph and ft. (Its all the way at the bottom of the list, you have to search alittle.)

JRJacobs
11-21-2004, 10:24 AM
ah so much fun when things are based on people http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
if you modify the old joke - which weighs more a pound of lead or a pound of feathers to which weighs more a pound of lead or a pound of gold - the answer now becomes a pound of feathers - feather weigh in Avoirdupois and a pound [453.59237 g] is 16 oz. whereas gold weigh in Troy and a pound [373.2417216 g]is 12 oz. the french revolution brought us many things but metric is the big one [others that didn't stick are days divided into 10s and 100s and calendars diveded into 10 months and three 10 day weeks and thirty days per month]
an inch was Three barley corns made one inch [usefull because there is little discrepency between kernals unlike the other which was the 2nd bone of the right index finger]
a foot is the foot of the king [standardized to Henry the 1st]
a yard - the distance from the kings nose to the tip of his out-stretched finger - which was ALSO the length of a longbow's arrow
uhm what else - "a pints a pound the world around" which even if not true is where the pint got it's volume from
aren't we devils?http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
a mile you read was distance the legions marched in a 1000 left steps

Aero_Shodanjo
11-21-2004, 10:33 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JRJacobs:
aren't we devils?http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

LMAO http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

On a side note, why dont you guys make life easier and surrender to the metric rules? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

DuxCorvan
11-21-2004, 11:35 AM
In fact, the last definition of a foot as measurement unit was officially stated in "His Majesty's Royal House Announcement of Weights and Measurements for the Common Taylor" of 1904 as "Thrice the most extended state of His Majesty Edward VII's royal centered limb, or one and a half the length of the instrument for the ladies' pleasure of the normal medium sized totally grown Spanish bartender."

That's why Scott's expedition to South Pole included a Spanish bartender among the staff, and also explains the tragic failure of the expedition arriving weeks after Amundsen's. They trusted in their measurement crew member for ground navigation, but they got short due to intense cold making his main instrument to fail often...

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