Date: Mon Aug 18 2003 - 07:06:01 EDT
Personally, I don't see why we have to sell beer (or anything else for that
matter) in integer multiples of any kind of "units" at all. Why can't we
just bring an arbitrarily sized, partially full, glass to the bar and say to
the guy at the bar: "Could you fill it up to about HERE please?".
It's a good system. It works for petrol pumps. Nobody in England even
NOTICED when petrol pumps went metric, because it made bugger all difference
to the reality of how things worked.
What exactly is wrong with the notion of filling a British pint glass with
beer and charging it to the till as zero point something litres?
From: Peter Kirk [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2003 11:21 AM
To: Doug Ewell; Unicode List
Subject: Re: [Way OT] Beer measurements
On 17/08/2003 19:48, Doug Ewell wrote:
>Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:
>>>Yup. Hence also the Brit's complaint about the metric system: a
>>>liter of beer is too much, half a liter isn't enough, but a pint, ah,
>>>that's just right. The Imperial pint is .57 liters, whereas the
>>>Flintstone one is only .47 liters.
>>A half-litre can of Guinness fits perfectly into the standard Irish
>>pint glass. I mean perfectly. I just poured one. :-)
>Shouldn't a "pint" of beer be administratively fixed at 500 mL, just as
>a "fifth" of liquor in America is now officially 750 mL? Seems like a
>good task for an ISO working group.
> Fullerton, California
On the contrary! Let's administratively fix a half litre of beer as one
Imperial pint, and we can satisfy the guys in Brussels that we have gone
metric. They are unlikely to complain if they get a bit extra!
-- Peter Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org (personal) email@example.com (work) http://www.qaya.org/
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