Dumb and dumber - weights, measures and language

 
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I think Portillo is a Latin word meaning Pompous A s s.  (printed like this, since the alternative name for a donkey is considered indecent on RP)
Valvegear
Agree VG on the pomposity but at least there is usually so little rail component, much of which is contrived simply to link the places he visits, it doesn't matter from the rail perspective. At least there are no artificial 'massive, catastrophic, disasterous' incidents of track faults, brake failures etc etc included which just make the people and the industry look incompetent and stupid.

As for the donkey bit that is just childish.

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  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Saw a news story showing the imminent installation of a new steel truss bridge in Birmingham, UK.
It was reported as weighing 2700 Mini Coopers ... Rolling Eyes

Are they all Coopers these days; are there any 'ordinary' minis?
Not that any of them are actually Coopers.
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
There is some cruise boat or other currently under construction which will be six metres longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

I found this most informative! (NOT). Rolling Eyes

American doco of course. Are the Yanks really that stupid?
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile
There is some cruise boat or other currently under construction which will be six metres longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

I found this most informative! (NOT). Rolling Eyes

American doco of course. Are the Yanks really that stupid?
YM-Mundrabilla
Do the Yanks even know what a metre is?
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
There is some cruise boat or other currently under construction which will be six metres longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

I found this most informative! (NOT). Rolling Eyes

American doco of course. Are the Yanks really that stupid?
Do the Yanks even know what a metre is?
Graham4405
The use of metres and Eiffel Towers struck me as odd at the time.
I would have expected yards/feet and Statues of Liberty. Smile
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Another two new 'units of measurement'. In this case relating to wind turbines:
  • Diameter of the blades/sails (whatever) is measured to be the 'same as the London Eye'.
  • Speed of rotation is not measured in RPM (revs per minute) but rather as MPH (miles per hour).
Both measurements are equally uninformative.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Recently my wife and 2 or 3 daughters were discussing the sizes of stoves and ovens over social media. Their units of measurement was a mobile phone length...
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile
Recently my wife and 2 or 3 daughters were discussing the sizes of stoves and ovens over social media. Their units of measurement was a mobile phone length...
GrahamH

Which one? Laughing
  doyle Chief Commissioner

Women just know stuff.. Duh.. I bet they knew exactly what the measurements were

Im not frightened of anything i have a wife and 5 daughters although my son gets worried at times
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Women just know stuff.. Duh.. I bet they knew exactly what the measurements were

Im not frightened of anything i have a wife and 5 daughters although my son gets worried at times
doyle
I only have four...
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Recently my wife and 2 or 3 daughters were discussing the sizes of stoves and ovens over social media. Their units of measurement was a mobile phone length...

Which one? Laughing
Graham4405
Each used her own phone...
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Women and measurement? ? ?
My mother could not teach me to make scones, simply because she never measured anything properly and therefore couldn't tell me quantities. This, of course, was anathema to someone like me with training in chemistry. I never learnt, and she never got it wrong.
  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
NSW Government has a new road safety campaign, telling us that some trains can take up to 14 Rugby fields to stop. League or Union?

I can just imagine the conversation in some impatient dude’s car:

“Yep, I reckon that train is 16 rugby fields away - you can get across before it comes through”.

I don’t know of any rail line that runs through a rugby field. And I don’t understand distances that aren’t measured in MCGs. But I can recognize an idiot from an Eiffel Tower’s height away.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile
some trains can take up to 14 Rugby fields to stop. League or Union?
SinickleBird
Aren't they the same size?
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
some trains can take up to 14 Rugby fields to stop. League or Union?
Aren't they the same size?
Graham4405
Answers in fractions of MCGs, please or Olympic Swimming Pools which until now we all thought was a measure of volume.
Item the other day measured an area in Olympic Swimming Pools!
Something else recently weighed the same as 120 fully loaded jumbo jets.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Something else recently weighed the same as 120 fully loaded jumbo jets.
"YM-Mundrabilla"
Would they be 747-200, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400ER, 747 Combi or 747SP (or some I have missed)?
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Something else recently weighed the same as 120 fully loaded jumbo jets.
Would they be 747-200, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400ER, 747 Combi or 747SP (or some I have missed)?
Valvegear
747-100.
Thankfully and correctly you have not included the A380.Smile
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Saw this in the renewal energy thread.
'The farm, which would cover 12,000 hectares — equivalent to 12,000 rugby pitches..'
  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Feel free to correct me, but my understanding is that a rugby pitch is 100m long by 50m wide. Making 500 square metres in total.

A hectare is 10,000 square metres.

So converting hectares to rugby pitches at one-to-one is, to use the technical term, complete bullish!t.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Feel free to correct me, but my understanding is that a rugby pitch is 100m long by 50m wide. Making 500 square metres in total.

A hectare is 10,000 square metres.

So converting hectares to rugby pitches at one-to-one is, to use the technical term, complete bullish!t.
"SinickleBird"

Unfortunately, you're out by  a factor of ten. 100 m x 50 m = 5,000 square metres. However, it doesn't alter your point; the comparison is still bullsh!t.
  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Thanks for the correction, VG.

Finger’s don’t work well in this tiny iPhone screen.
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Couple of new ones on TV today:
  • Sugar in a lolly factory weighs the same as 'sixteen satellites in space'.
  • Something or bloody other is as long as 'xx Olympic Running Tracks'.
  • Plus an old one where some other thing weighs the same as 'xx fully grown African elephants'.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Sugar in a lolly factory weighs the same as 'sixteen satellites in space'.
The sugar may have the same mass as the satellites, but in zero gravity you can forget weight.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Couple of new ones on TV today:
  • Sugar in a lolly factory weighs the same as 'sixteen satellites in space'.
YM-Mundrabilla
Would that be cubesats or ISSs?
  WimbledonW Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Abbreviation for litre should be capital "L" since small "l" looks like a "1" Smile

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