Dumb and dumber - weights, measures and language

 
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Nope - I left that one on purpose - you had already done it. Well picked up!

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  woodford Chief Commissioner

Meanwhile, aircraft are doing 512 knots at 37,000 feet.
Valvegear
This is not arbitrary, there being an EXCELENT reason for this, as this thread appears to be all about humor with little interest in finding out why, I will leave it to the readers to work out the reason.

woodford
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
this thread appears to be all about humor
"woodford"
Exactly; a little light-hearted, possibly Goon-inspired nonsense just for something to laugh at (and why not?)
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
this thread appears to be all about humor
Exactly; a little light-hearted, possibly Goon-inspired nonsense just for something to laugh at (and why not?)
Valvegear
Goon inspires most of my greatest ideas!



P.S. These are about the most discreet images you find when you google "Goon Bag". Shocked
  woodford Chief Commissioner

this thread appears to be all about humor
"woodford"
Exactly; a little light-hearted, possibly Goon-inspired nonsense just for something to laugh at (and why not?)
"Valvegear"



There's nothing wrong with finding humor in this world, in fact this whole forum should be taken with a decent grain of salt, , the thing is speed in knots and height in feet is NOT in the same class as 112 pounds an hundred weight and 20 hundred weights to a ton but is matter of avoiding serious accidents, so the post shows some lack of understanding of how the world actually works.

I am NOT trying to be offensive , just as usual trying to maintain accuracy...............................

woodford
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
this thread appears to be all about humor
Exactly; a little light-hearted, possibly Goon-inspired nonsense just for something to laugh at (and why not?)



There's nothing wrong with finding humor in this world, in fact this whole forum should be taken with a decent grain of salt, , the thing is speed in knots and height in feet is NOT in the same class as 112 pounds an hundred weight and 20 hundred weights to a ton but is matter of avoiding serious accidents, so the post shows some lack of understanding of how the world actually works.

I am NOT trying to be offensive , just as usual trying to maintain accuracy...............................

woodford
woodford
May be best to refer back to the Original Post of this thread .............. "Some time ago Yarra Trams started weighing trams in Rhinoceroses.................. "
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
this thread appears to be all about humor
Exactly; a little light-hearted, possibly Goon-inspired nonsense just for something to laugh at (and why not?)
Goon inspires most of my greatest ideas!



Bogong

Wow a goon tree!!!!!  Ive heard rumours of such things, but never seen an image of such a biological fascination!
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
There's nothing wrong with finding humor in this world, in fact this whole forum should be taken with a decent grain of salt, , the thing is speed in knots and height in feet is NOT in the same class as 112 pounds an hundred weight and 20 hundred weights to a ton but is matter of avoiding serious accidents, so the post shows some lack of understanding of how the world actually works.

I am NOT trying to be offensive , just as usual trying to maintain accuracy...............................
"woodford"
Mate, lighten up. The whole thread is not about accuracy; it's about units of measurement and the logic and/or lack thereof.
I know about Air Traffic Control and its immense responsibility.
The post shows no lack of understanding at all about how the world works, and I find that comment personally offensive.
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Meet me by the Goon Bag, referring to a "sculpture" in Garema Place, Civic, Canberra City:



Bit of a worry that what started as a reference to the Goon Show above is nowadays more readily interpreted as this.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
It's all Yarra Trams fault. Some time ago Yarra Trams started weighing trams in Rhinoceroses
YM-Mundrabilla
Gold Coast trams, who like to call themselves "G-Link", give out a little yellow plastic rhinoceros with the slogan 'A tram weighs as much as 40 rhinos'. The other side has their 'G' logo.

The item showing both sides https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGeDyvwNzJwSnBzcVdNRzA/view
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Perhaps Gold Coast Trams and Yarra Trams have bought a job lot of Rhinos to weigh their trams, Silly supposition; whatever it is will be different between Queensland and Mexico.

I heard that Yarra Trams is reweighing their Rhinos because, following privatisation, someone sold their horns.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Meet me by the Goon Bag, referring to a "sculpture" in Garema Place, Civic, Canberra City:



Bit of a worry that what started as a reference to the Goon Show above is nowadays more readily interpreted as this.
apw5910
If you look it up, "The Goon Show" was a pre TV comedy radio show made in the 1940s and 50s, but also repeated for about a decade after that time.

Now popular culture moves on and the English language is a constantly evolving beast. So people using the word goon 70 years ago were probably referring to the old radio show, but in the last 50 or so years, for most people "Goon" has meant cheap and dodgy wine.

Of course, there's nothing to stop someone listening to the Goon Show and drinking goon at the same time. I suspect a double goon combination like that would inspire some fairly crazy ideas.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I heard that Yarra Trams is reweighing their Rhinos because, following privatisation, someone sold their horns.=
"YM-Mundrabilla"
They also gelded the males which caused a huge weight loss.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I heard that Yarra Trams is reweighing their Rhinos because, following privatisation, someone sold their horns.=
They also gelded the males which caused a huge weight loss.
Valvegear
The rhino horns were replaced with b*lls as are fitted to all trams. Now, too, these have been removed and presumably sold.
Does this mean that the male rhinos now weigh the same as female rhinos? A bit like the non booster X class which were regarded as C class.
  62440 Chief Commissioner

Remember this is a railway page so a mention for chains, some of us still refer to "10 chain curves". I was taught to throw a chain by Prof Bannister of Bannister and Raymond fame (ask a Surveyor). This is 66 feet, near enough to 20 metres to refer to a metric chain. The link or 7.92" is of less common usage. The chain is very important in Australia being the standard distance between the wickets in cricket.
It may also be noted that in hatches and matches baby weight announcement in lbs and oz are still in the majority.
In Adelaide a pint of Guinness is always 20 fl oz but a pint of West End dishwater is 15 fl oz unless they offer "Imperial Pints".
Knowledge of Imperial units is vital in rail restoration where designs were pre-metric.
So which is heaviest, an ounce of gold, an ounce of feathers or an ounce of aspirin?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
So which is heaviest, an ounce of gold, an ounce of feathers or an ounce of aspirin?
"62440"
An oldie, but a goodie!
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

I'd like to order,

A bucket of compressed air.

Al litre of striped paint.

And a long wait.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
So which is heaviest, an ounce of gold, an ounce of feathers or an ounce of aspirin?
An oldie, but a goodie!
Valvegear
Actually gold is measured in troy ounces while feathers and asprin are measured in avoirdupois ounces.

So on that basis, an ounce of gold is heavier than an ounce of feathers. :P
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
I'd like to order, A bucket of compressed air.
michaelgm
Would you like a bucket or pail of compressed air? The pommy nursery rhyme I learn in Australia was Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water etc.  Now I understand Jack is seeking a bucket of water.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Meet me by the Goon Bag, referring to a "sculpture" in Garema Place, Civic, Canberra City:



Bit of a worry that what started as a reference to the Goon Show above is nowadays more readily interpreted as this.
If you look it up, "The Goon Show" was a pre TV comedy radio show made in the 1940s and 50s, but also repeated for about a decade after that time.

Now popular culture moves on and the English language is a constantly evolving beast. So people using the word goon 70 years ago were probably referring to the old radio show, but in the last 50 or so years, for most people "Goon" has meant cheap and dodgy wine.

Of course, there's nothing to stop someone listening to the Goon Show and drinking goon at the same time. I suspect a double goon combination like that would inspire some fairly crazy ideas.
Bogong
Whilst I (as an old bloke) am well and truly familiar with "The Goon Show", these are goons to me...



http://popeye.wikia.com/wiki/Goons
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
So which is heaviest, an ounce of gold, an ounce of feathers or an ounce of aspirin?
An oldie, but a goodie!
Actually gold is measured in troy ounces while feathers and asprin are measured in avoirdupois ounces.

So on that basis, an ounce of gold is heavier than an ounce of feathers. Razz
Bogong
Correct!
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
And a new form of bulk liquid measure from our friends down in Tasmania... beer glasses. Shocked

Incat, a Hobart company that makes very big, very fast, water jet powered ferries (they can be over 10,000 tons and go over 100 kmh), has been promoting their latest ship which is currently on it's way through the Panama Canal to a life in Denmark.

"The four jets could fill an Olympic swimming pool in 30 seconds or 336 thousand standard glasses of beer per second." That is an awful lot of beer in a very quick time.

http://www.incat.com.au
  62440 Chief Commissioner

So which is heaviest, an ounce of gold, an ounce of feathers or an ounce of aspirin?
An oldie, but a goodie!
Actually gold is measured in troy ounces while feathers and asprin are measured in avoirdupois ounces.

So on that basis, an ounce of gold is heavier than an ounce of feathers. Razz
Correct!
Aaron
Nope, you'll find an ounce of aspirin is measured in Apothecaries Weight!!
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
How about model railway scales for a mismash of measurements then. O scale is 7mm = 1 foot and HO scale is half of that again 3.5mm = 1 foot. That is just to name two though there are a lot of other weird scale combinations as well.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
How about model railway scales for a mismash of measurements then. O scale is 7mm = 1 foot and HO scale is half of that again 3.5mm = 1 foot. That is just to name two though there are a lot of other weird scale combinations as well.
David Peters
At a recent model exhibition, I was chatting to an exhibitor and he asked me, "What scale do you work to?" My reply was, "12 inches to the foot."  Yes; I was a bit cheeky, but he twigged fairly quickly that I only work on the real things and am not a modeller.( I have to say I admire those who are, but the small, fine, detailed work would drive me troppo.)

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