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You think that's old school?

They're also still using Leagues.

 

I'll see myself out.

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1 hour ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

BBC rugby coverage must be the last to use them

Personally I love it

40 years of metric teaching in schools kids today still use stones and feet. 

This is a fair point/question. But cricket use 22 yards. Horse racing use furlongs. Not sure if they do handicaps in metric. (or is that just in UK/USA)

And in football, I think (!?) They have the 10yd line and 18yd box.

PS... we used to have a 10yard line, now it's metric and I would argue that that is to the detriment of the game.

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20 minutes ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

BBC rugby coverage must be the last to use them

Personally I love it

40 years of metric teaching in schools kids today still use stones and feet. 

I agree. Even though I know 195cm and 120kgs is big it just doesn't really resonate with me... but 6' 5" and 18 and a half stone is massive in my mind!

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13 minutes ago, Rupert Prince said:

This is a fair point/question. But cricket use 22 yards. Horse racing use furlongs. Not sure if they do handicaps in metric. (or is that just in UK/USA)

And in football, I think (!?) They have the 10yd line and 18yd box.

There was a crossword clue about a 22-yard vendor, where the answer was "chain store". A chain being that length, or a tenth of a furlong. I had to explain to a young and thoroughly metric Aussie colleague that this was the measurement of a cricket pitch. I felt like Catweazle!

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The rules are set to yards etc it would be odd to convert that to metric and have random numbers to decimals.

I notice in the weather they use celcius whens its cold and farenheit when hot.

Ie its below 0 tonight or its a hot day with temperarures over 100

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13 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

There was a crossword clue about a 22-yard vendor, where the answer was "chain store". A chain being that length, or a tenth of a furlong. I had to explain to a young and thoroughly metric Aussie colleague that this was the measurement of a cricket pitch. I felt like Catweazle!

Blocker and some of the other NRL commentators use feet and inches which I find surprising

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28 minutes ago, SL17 said:

Which came first, imperial or metric? Most sports are older than metric.

Blame Napoleon for metric.  They tried to change the calender as well.  

PS... I don't see why we cannot have 13 months of 28 days, plus a regular extra (Christmas) Day and an occasional (say) midsummer day.  It would help the calender makers happy. 

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1 hour ago, Dunbar said:

I agree. Even though I know 195cm and 120kgs is big it just doesn't really resonate with me... but 6' 5" and 18 and a half stone is massive in my mind!

Same here.

When I'm watching the Tour de France I'm constantly trying to convert the riders' speeds from kph to mph.

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38 minutes ago, SL17 said:

Which came first, imperial or metric? Most sports are older than metric.

 

11 minutes ago, Rupert Prince said:

Blame Napoleon for metric.

Napoleon was WAY before the codification of the football codes! There are many episodes in Tony Collins' excellent Rugby Reloaded podcast looking at how and why these games were codified in the 1860s and 1870s, the myths surrounding these origins and the games' spread (or otherwise) across the globe.

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Maybe me , probably is , but it always sounds ridiculous to me when someone’s height is described in centimetres . Give me feet n inches please . And kilometres is one other I don’t get . Our roads n stuff is in miles so don’t talk to me in kilometres - endless tv programmes do this . Surely this is why we voted for brexit - enough of this nonsense !!

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12 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Maybe me , probably is , but it always sounds ridiculous to me when someone’s height is described in centimetres . Give me feet n inches please . And kilometres is one other I don’t get . Our roads n stuff is in miles so don’t talk to me in kilometres - endless tv programmes do this . Surely this is why we voted for brexit - enough of this nonsense !!

Britain's a real mongrel with weights and measures. We never fully abandoned imperial when we officially went over to metric, but we never fully went metric either (miles being the most obvious example).


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The Imperial system survives because it's continually promoted into our lives, often for commercial reasons.

For example:

Dieting, a major part of modern culture. Whether your selling a diet or bragging about your success, losing 4.4lb sounds much better than losing 2kg.

The Americans, they still use gallons, miles etc and we absorb vast amounts of their culture - whether it's watching TV shows or kids wanting a quarter pounder from McDonalds.

There is also the little Britain view that the metric system has to be inferior, because it's foreign and we didnt invent it.

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A lot of athletes and gym goers use kgs these days. I really struggled to remember, but I guess I'm part of the feet and stones age.

I get the idea of metric (miles easier to teach!) but if we're not using it in everyday life, it makes it pretty difficult to use effectively!


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1 hour ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

Blocker and some of the other NRL commentators use feet and inches which I find surprising

Australia only went metric in the 70's so plenty of the commentators will have been school kids under the Imperial system.

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6 minutes ago, Wellsy4HullFC said:

I get the idea of metric (miles easier to teach!)

Kilometres easier to teach surely ?

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8 minutes ago, Whippet13 said:

The Americans, they still use gallons, miles etc.

Just make things more complicated, some US measures share names with Imperial, but are actually different. The US gallon is about 20% smaller than the Imperial one. Then, if you cook, US recipes use the "cup" measurement a lot, which has to be converted differently for liquids and solids.

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So the old lady said to the greengrocer can I have 5 pounds of potatoes please, to which he replied  we do not say that now it is kilo's, OK she said can I have 5 pounds of kilo's then!

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Complaints about metric are just weird.  Metric is superior to primitive measurement systems, that's the reason why other than a few holdouts in the Anglosphere, every country in the world uses it.

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2 hours ago, Pulga said:

You think that's old school?

They're also still using Leagues.

 

 But not fur long, I reckon. 

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2 hours ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

BBC rugby coverage must be the last to use them

Personally I love it

40 years of metric teaching in schools kids today still use stones and feet. 

You are Jacob Rees-Mogg and I claim my £5...actually, make that five guineas!

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54 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Maybe me , probably is , but it always sounds ridiculous to me when someone’s height is described in centimetres . Give me feet n inches please . And kilometres is one other I don’t get . Our roads n stuff is in miles so don’t talk to me in kilometres - endless tv programmes do this . Surely this is why we voted for brexit - enough of this nonsense !!

Or maybe you are Jacob Rees-Mogg...or maybe Bedfordshire bronco!

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Just now, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Or maybe you are Jacob Rees-Mogg...or maybe Bedfordshire bronco!

I’ve never been so insulted 

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