RE: [Way OT] Beer measurements (was: Re: Handwritten EURO sign)

From: Marco Cimarosti (
Date: Tue Aug 19 2003 - 05:51:24 EDT

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    Doug Ewell wrote:
    > 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.

    You could generalize it a bit: Alignment Of Metric And Imperial Units Whose
    Difference Is So Small As To Be Pointless.

    E.g., I never understood why on earth metres and yards should be kept
    different. In a public park somewhere in UK or Ireland I have seen the
    following sign:

            TOILETS ------->
          50 yds (45.72 m)

    It must be a reeeeeally urgent need if one cares about those 3.28 metres...

    _ Marco


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