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Old 10-26-2008, 12:23 AM
 
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As an auto enthusiast, I enjoy your "Top Gear" program very much.

I've noticed that for distances, the hosts use the same terms we use in the US, e.g. feet, miles per hour, 1/4 mile drag race.

They also use metric terms such as when they fill up with gas or provide the weight of a vehicle.

Are English miles the same as U.S. miles e.g. one mile = 5,280 feet = 1.609 km?

Are all other measurements used in the UK metric?

Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I noticed that same thing while watching this program. My husband is hooked on it and I've caught a few episodes myself. It's really quite enjoyable!
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:38 AM
 
Location: t' grim north
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Hi there.

A UK mile is the same as a US mile, but some measurements are different. Basically the US retains the old English system of weights and measures but the UK changed to an Imperial system after you guys made the mistake of going your own way

Although the terms for weights and liquids are the same, sometimes the amounts are different.

Try a look at this sight for some info:

Imperial and USA systems of measurement.

Metric, USA and Imperial Measurements + Conversion


Warning! The site is is a bit of propaganda from our French cousins so naturally it is somewhat pro metric


Unfortunately for me, the UK made an attempt to adopt the metric system in the early 70's but they met with such resistance from UK peasantry that they have quietly dropped further attempts to push us down the metric route.

So, things like petrol have by law to be sold in litres (note UK spelling) and food items sold in grams & kilos (and people have been prosecuted and faced gaol for selling fruit and veg in pounds -I kid you not). We retain miles, etc for distance and pounds for the weight of people but grams for the weight of everything else. Frankly, I haven't a bloody clue anymore

Oh, forgot to mention that you get 25% more beer to your pint in the UK! Chin-chin. (http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_56...chin-chin.html)

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Old 10-26-2008, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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pounds for the weight of people but grams for the weight of everything else.
I have found most people in the UK use stones or kilograms for measuring the weight of people? My mother in law's scale is in kilograms, as is the scale whenever I go to the doctor. And most people when talking about their weight use stones or kilograms.
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:03 AM
 
Location: UK ex-pat in Lanzarote, Spain
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There's been a big fight for a few years as the UK government made it legal for traders to sell things in kilograms rather than pounds and ounces (EU rules). However many continued to sell in old measurements or with both measurements shown. Some traders were prosecuted. However after much debate the government now says traders can sell in whatever metric system they choose. The old measurements were well known by most people particularly the elderly.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:18 AM
 
Location: t' grim north
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I have found most people in the UK use stones or kilograms for measuring the weight of people? My mother in law's scale is in kilograms, as is the scale whenever I go to the doctor. And most people when talking about their weight use stones or kilograms.
Yes, in general weight of people is given as stones and pounds - stones being a multiple of 14 pounds. The only people who use Kilo's are children who have had their innocent young minds warped by lefty teachers or the evil medical profession
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:09 AM
 
Location: North Jersey, NJ
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In UK, they use half Metric and half Imperial units.
For gas, it's liter, for temperature, it's celsius, for weight, it's stone and pounds.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Confused you soon will be.

In school I was taught pounds & ounces etc.

Now you have to buy things grams, so I just ask for 454grams of something (1lb)

Oh and an American pint is 16oz's British 20oz's so an American gallon of gas is 3.8 liters a British gallon approx 4.5 liters, but now in the UK it's sold in liters, I think they do that so we don't realise we are paying $8 a gallon.
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