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09-18-2008, 07:49 AM
 Location: NJ 11,502 posts, read 19,867,869 times Reputation: 4314
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 Originally Posted by cpg35223 Great. Another poster who moves here and then complains about how we do everything. Gosh, it's worked well for us so far.
My God, she's asking a QUESTION! I sense NO complaining or arrogance. You people need to lighten up.

09-18-2008, 07:51 AM
 Location: USA 1,583 posts, read 2,892,863 times Reputation: 575
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 Originally Posted by Chicago60614 Why are there 5,280 feet in a mile? Why did they choose that number, it seems very random and hard to compute?

Mile = 8 furlongs = 1760 yards = 5280 feet [a thousand Roman paces (a Roman 'pace' was actually 2 paces: left, right) – about 1600 metres]

Like many things that seem random or arbitrary in life, you can usually trace it back to te Greeks and Romans.

Our standard rail road gauge of 4 feet, 8 1/2 inches is derived from the distance between the wheels of a Roman chariot.

09-18-2008, 08:27 AM
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 Originally Posted by tahiti My God, she's asking a QUESTION! I sense NO complaining or arrogance. You people need to lighten up.
come on, being rude and condescending to those that aren't Americans is the AMERICAN WAY!!!!!

09-18-2008, 09:04 AM
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 Originally Posted by 20yrsinBranson You're missing the point. The point is that the clock is comprised of 60 minutes. Therefore, if you go 60 miles an hour, you know how long it is going to take to to 60 miles (an hour!) I have no idea how long it takes to go 40 kilometers unless I multiply it by 6 which means 24 miles, so it takes you 24 minutes. That's way too much math just to figure out how long it takes to get someplace. 20yrsinBranson
No, I see your point, but it only works if you're going exactly 60mph. I guess I don't find myself driving long distances at 60mph very often, it's kinda a random speed to be driving. Wouldn't you just have to do all the math anyway unless you were going exactly 60mph? I was just saying the same could be true if you found yourself driving 100kmph....it would take an hour to go 100km.

I tend to go either 35mph on city roads or 75mph on interstates.

09-18-2008, 01:17 PM
 Location: The Rock! 2,372 posts, read 4,906,342 times Reputation: 733
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 Originally Posted by Chicago60614 No, I see your point, but it only works if you're going exactly 60mph. I guess I don't find myself driving long distances at 60mph very often, it's kinda a random speed to be driving. Wouldn't you just have to do all the math anyway unless you were going exactly 60mph? I was just saying the same could be true if you found yourself driving 100kmph....it would take an hour to go 100km. I tend to go either 35mph on city roads or 75mph on interstates.
The funny thing is..with speed limits at 75 on the interstates, I can usually count on my average velocity being almost precisely 60mph for a decently long trip. Maybe that's just my experience but when traffic and a minor quick stop or two get factored in, it just seems to work out that way!

09-18-2008, 02:14 PM
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 Originally Posted by rickers At this point I think most Americans would like to expel all foreigners, especially the ones who come here and criticize our ways.
Yep. There are far too many Ugly Europeans who come to the US acting all smug and superior. They turn up their little Euro noses at our laws, our food, our measuring system, our driving on the right side, our way of life etc. They show no respect for our laws, our history, or our culture. They expect the US to be like Europe. They haven't learned that the US exists because people wanted to get as far away from Europe as possible. Here's a thought for foreign visitors: the US is a different country all unto itself and is not part of the EU. Be a good guest and if you don't have anything positive to say then keep your damn arrogant mouth.

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 Originally Posted by cpg35223 Great. Another poster who moves here and then complains about how we do everything. Gosh, it's worked well for us so far.
Agreed.

09-18-2008, 03:06 PM
 Location: Seattle 2,709 posts, read 4,200,916 times Reputation: 1108
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 Originally Posted by renault our driving on the right side
Only 1 country in Europe drives on the left side and this is United Kingdom
http://users.telenet.be/worldstandar...the%20left.htm

09-18-2008, 03:43 PM
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 Originally Posted by Botev1912 Only 1 country in Europe drives on the left side and this is United Kingdom Why do some countries drive on the right and others on the left ?
Now trivia quit for the Toaster Oven.

Where is the only place in the United States where you drive on the left-hand side of the road?

09-18-2008, 03:45 PM
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 Originally Posted by tahiti My God, she's asking a QUESTION! I sense NO complaining or arrogance. You people need to lighten up.
Oh, please. You need to read between the lines better. She asked when we're going to change. She's mentioned that she's been to 19 countries and how they've all used the metric system, so how come we don't? It's the ineluctable logic behind the question.

If somebody came up to you and asked, "Why are you wearing that dress?" wouldn't you take it the wrong way? If somebody asked you, "Why are you dating that guy?" isn't there a suggested criticism behind the question?

Of course there is.

09-18-2008, 04:00 PM
 Location: West Michigan 12,152 posts, read 20,570,282 times Reputation: 16133
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 Originally Posted by cpg35223 Now trivia quit for the Toaster Oven. Where is the only place in the United States where you drive on the left-hand side of the road?
I know the US Virgin Islands do, but do you mean in a State?
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