Dumb and dumber - weights, measures and language

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Generator being moved from Loy Yang power station to Webb Dock enroute to Germany for repair.

'It is bigger than an A 380 and weighs more than 138 elephants.'

'It', of course is not defined.

Other reports state that the convoy (of about 6 prime movers and the transporter with a squillion wheels) is about 108 metres long and the generator weighs 256 tonnes. An A 380 measures 73 metres so I imagine that a media error of about 32 % is good enough in this day and age.

As for the elephants I have no idea. Rolling Eyes

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  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Which Elephant? African, Indian, Sri Lankan? Bull or cow?

We are talking huge margin of error here.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Generator being moved from Loy Yang power station to Webb Dock enroute to Germany for repair.

'It is bigger than an A 380 and weighs more than 138 elephants.'

'It', of course is not defined.

Other reports state that the convoy (of about 6 prime movers and the transporter with a squillion wheels) is about 108 metres long and the generator weighs 256 tonnes. An A 380 measures 73 metres so I imagine that a media error of about 32 % is good enough in this day and age.

As for the elephants I have no idea. Rolling Eyes
YM-Mundrabilla
A380 max take off mass is 544,310 kg so 544.3 tonnes so bigger than that generator  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airliners_by_maximum_takeoff_weight
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Which Elephant? African, Indian, Sri Lankan? Bull or cow?

We are talking huge margin of error here.
RTT_Rules
Your guess is as good as mine.
Why the media cannot just deal in facts eludes me.

I just hope that someone measured all the clearances and bridge loadings etc for this out of gauge load in something other than
A 380s, telegraph poles and elephants.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
We are talking huge margin of error here.
"RTT_Rules"
Not a bit of it - the media works to a tolerance of roughly plus or minus 40 percent (on a good day.)
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Apparently according to another website, the Bronnychoppers is the standard dollar unit for a political scandal.  Reference to a former Speaker's helicopter hire
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

Which Elephant? African, Indian, Sri Lankan? Bull or cow?

We are talking huge margin of error here.
Your guess is as good as mine.
Why the media cannot just deal in facts eludes me.

I just hope that someone measured all the clearances and bridge loadings etc for this out of gauge load in something other than
A 380s, telegraph poles and elephants.
YM-Mundrabilla
One hopes it is not routed under the Montague Street Bridge! Laughing
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Which Elephant? African, Indian, Sri Lankan? Bull or cow?

We are talking huge margin of error here.
Your guess is as good as mine.
Why the media cannot just deal in facts eludes me.

I just hope that someone measured all the clearances and bridge loadings etc for this out of gauge load in something other than
A 380s, telegraph poles and elephants.
One hopes it is not routed under the Montague Street Bridge! Laughing
DJPeters
Had it gone by rail as in the old days it might have gone OVER the Montague Street Bridge. SmileSmile
Anyone know where this sort of machinery was unloaded from sea before rail transit to Yallourn etc, please? I assume that it must have used ship's gear as the MHT (Melb Harbour Trust) floating crane only had a capacity of 60 tons IIRC but, sadly, I am unable to convert this capacity to elephants or rhinoceroses.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
A capacity of 60 tons would be about 60 FJ Holdens wouldn't it?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
A capacity of 60 tons would be about 60 FJ Holdens wouldn't it?
Valvegear
60 tons is almost exactly half way between 59.7257946108 FJ Holdens and 60.3569528632 FX Holdens actually.
All assuming that my arithmetic to convert avoirdupois to metric is correct, of course. Rolling Eyes
This is one conversion that I do have a factor for having once owned an FX Holden and lived, amazingly/surprisingly/miraculously, to waste my time now on projects like this. Smile
FX and FJ Holdens were unsafe at any speed and thinking back all those ~ 60 years ago still scares me.................Confused
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
YM- go and stand in the corner and write 200 times, "There was/is no such thing as the "FX" Holden. The model was 48/215." A good mate of mine from my motor sporting days was a GMH engineer, and he still steams from the ears every time he sees or hears "FX Holden."
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
YM- go and stand in the corner and write 200 times, "There was/is no such thing as the "FX" Holden. The model was 48/215." A good mate of mine from my motor sporting days was a GMH engineer, and he still steams from the ears every time he sees or hears "FX Holden."
Valvegear
Agreed about the 48/215 bit but not the corner or 200 times.Smile
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I am currently visiting Sydney. Today's forecast: "Mostly sunny." Tomorrow's: "Partly cloudy."
To me, these seem to be the same, however, somebody probably knows how the difference is measured. Anyone?
  allan Chief Commissioner

Cloud cover is measured in "Oktas", or eighths of the sky covered by cloud. Seems a bit subjective, as it cannot account for thickness of cloud, nor translate readily into "partly" or "mostly" cloudy.
  allan Chief Commissioner

But, wait, I have found the answer.

"Partly CloudyBetween 3/8 and 5/8 of the sky is covered by clouds.Partly SunnyBetween 3/8 and 5/8 of the sky is covered by clouds. The term "Partly Sunny" is used only during daylight hours."  That last sentence is really important...http://w1.weather.gov/glossary/

"Mostly SunnyWhen the 1/8th to 2/8ths of the sky is covered by with opaque (not transparent) clouds Same as Mostly Clear, except only applicable during daylight hours."
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Last week the TV in NSW was measuring the quantity of household garbage in 'WHALES'.

Not sure what category of garbage or type of whale for that matter; nor was it clear whether it was the volume or weight of the whale(s) either.

Don't trifle me with the details! ........... aarrggghhhhhhhhhh

Have we really become such a nation of .... wits? Rolling Eyes  (Rhetorical question!)
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
New cranes which have arrived in Melbourne are each capable of lifting a Boeing 737 full of passengers.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Doco on TV the other night about RMS* Queen Mary.

'She has the power of 200 Ferraris ....'
I would like to see 200 Ferraris try to pull 82,000 tons across the North Atlantic at 30 knots.

Something or other else was measured in 'xxx Flying Scotsmans'  but I had lost interest by that time.

* Royal Mail Steamer
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Doco on TV the other night about RMS* Queen Mary.

'She has the power of 200 Ferraris ....'
I would like to see 200 Ferraris try to pull 82,000 tons across the North Atlantic at 30 knots.

Something or other else was measured in 'xxx Flying Scotsmans'  but I had lost interest by that time.

* Royal Mail Steamer
YM-Mundrabilla
thank you for explaining that YABUA* YM



*yet another bloody unexplained acronym
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The Kuranda Skyrail (just north of Cairns) has "15 km of 40.5 mm galvanized steel rope weighing more than 100 sedan cars."
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The Kuranda Skyrail (just north of Cairns) has "15 km of 40.5 mm galvanized steel rope weighing more than 100 sedan cars."
Valvegear
Would that be full or mid sized sedans or smaller Korean sized sedans?
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Suppose it is a measurement. An old mate used terminology to describe how much he'd had to drink. Asked if OK to drive?

Reply, I couldn't drive a stiff sh1t out my out my A$$hole:lol:
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The concrete beams for the Frankston Skyrail weigh as much as an A 380.

The excavations for the level crossing removal somewhere or other on the Hurstbridge line equal 10 Olympic swimming pools (which didn't seem much to me but I don't usually measure volumes in swimming pools - I tend to use cubic metres).

Who am I to argue with Jacinta Allan, the TV tart in the new flak jacket and crash hat .Rolling Eyes
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The concrete beams for the Frankston Skyrail weigh as much as an A 380.

The excavations for the level crossing removal somewhere or other on the Hurstbridge line equal 10 Olympic swimming pools (which didn't seem much to me but I don't usually measure volumes in swimming pools - I tend to use cubic metres).

Who am I to argue with Jacinta Allan, the TV tart in the new flak jacket and crash hat .Rolling Eyes
YM-Mundrabilla
Total size would be roughly 15,000 cuibic metres say 500 truck loads, thats quite a big hole.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
As someone who has first hand experience of watching an Olympic standard pool being built and excavated, 10 Olympic standard polls? Yes, that is quite a big hole.

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