Dumb and dumber - weights, measures and language

 
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
The concrete beams for the Frankston Skyrail weigh as much as an A 380.

The excavations for the level crossing removal somewhere or other on the Hurstbridge line equal 10 Olympic swimming pools (which didn't seem much to me but I don't usually measure volumes in swimming pools - I tend to use cubic metres).
YM-Mundrabilla
Olympic size pools and A380's for the common people seem to be easy to quantify weight and volume. Not even close to the first time I've heard references to Olympic sized pools either.

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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The concrete beams for the Frankston Skyrail weigh as much as an A 380.

The excavations for the level crossing removal somewhere or other on the Hurstbridge line equal 10 Olympic swimming pools (which didn't seem much to me but I don't usually measure volumes in swimming pools - I tend to use cubic metres).
Olympic size pools and A380's for the common people seem to be easy to quantify weight and volume. Not even close to the first time I've heard references to Olympic sized pools either.
speedemon08
I tend to disagree speedmon08, the common people would have no idea that an Olympic pool would have a volume of 2,500 cubic metres or that an Airbus A380 would weight up to* 575 metric tonnes.
As far as the average common person thinks ....... an A380 is just friggin BIG and so is an Olympic pool (in fact most wouldn't even know what an Olympic pool's dimensions are.

* maximum take off weight for an A380 = 575 Tonnes
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
* maximum take off weight for an A380 = 575 Tonnes
"Pressman"

Lord Kelvin, 1895, " Heavier than air flying machines are impossible".
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The concrete beams for the Frankston Skyrail weigh as much as an A 380.

The excavations for the level crossing removal somewhere or other on the Hurstbridge line equal 10 Olympic swimming pools (which didn't seem much to me but I don't usually measure volumes in swimming pools - I tend to use cubic metres).
Olympic size pools and A380's for the common people seem to be easy to quantify weight and volume. Not even close to the first time I've heard references to Olympic sized pools either.
I tend to disagree speedmon08, the common people would have no idea that an Olympic pool would have a volume of 2,500 cubic metres or that an Airbus A380 would weight up to* 575 metric tonnes.
As far as the average common person thinks ....... an A380 is just friggin BIG and so is an Olympic pool (in fact most wouldn't even know what an Olympic pool's dimensions are.

* maximum take off weight for an A380 = 575 Tonnes
Pressman
Thanks Pressman for a dose of sanity in this otherwise stupid thread (for which I take full responsibility). Smile

Just for good measure the Level Crossing mob quote the beams as weighing 280 tonnes so by the idiots measuring in A 380s they are 50% wrong.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The concrete beams for the Frankston Skyrail weigh as much as an A 380.

The excavations for the level crossing removal somewhere or other on the Hurstbridge line equal 10 Olympic swimming pools (which didn't seem much to me but I don't usually measure volumes in swimming pools - I tend to use cubic metres).

Who am I to argue with Jacinta Allan, the TV tart in the new flak jacket and crash hat .Rolling Eyes
Total size would be roughly 15,000 cuibic metres say 500 truck loads, thats quite a big hole.
woodford
A typo, perhaps, as 10 Olympic Pools equates to 25,000 m3.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Thanks Pressman for a dose of sanity....
YM-Mundrabilla
Sanity?

What's that? Rolling Eyes
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Pressman for a dose of sanity....
Sanity?

What's that? Rolling Eyes
Pressman
I don't know as I haven't got any.
I was relying on you.Smile
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Thanks Pressman for a dose of sanity....
Sanity?

What's that? Rolling Eyes
I don't know as I haven't got any.
I was relying on you.Smile
YM-Mundrabilla
Dayum, we're stuffed them


I don't suffer from Insanity ....................... I enjoy every minute of it!
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Pressman, once again, I eagerly await the day that ‘average’ people understand that tonnes is a measure of mass, and that mass is not weight. MTOW of the A380 is 5640kN.

YM, an A380 operational empty MASS is near enough to 280 tonnes, which makes the comparison in the article near enough to 100% correct.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Pressman, once again, I eagerly await the day that ‘average’ people understand that tonnes is a measure of mass, and that mass is not weight. MTOW of the A380 is 5640kN.

YM, an A380 operational empty MASS is near enough to 280 tonnes, which makes the comparison in the article near enough to 100% correct.
Aaron
Ah, the equivalent of 10 AOOXs Smile
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Pressman, once again, I eagerly await the day that ‘average’ people understand that tonnes is a measure of mass, and that mass is not weight.
"Aaron"
Good luck with that one. 'Average' people beliveve that mass is something the Roaming Carflicks go to.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
You guess!

Michael Portillo measurements:

  • 'It's as elegant as a cathedral'
  • 'It's as tall as an office block'
  • 'It's as long as a train'

It's Cunard's Queen Elizabeth.

Don't know how one measures elegance - other than some nice bird in the street.
Office blocks must be either 56.4 metres or 64.4 metres tall (height above waterline or height overall)
Trains are obviously 294 metres long.

Aarrrggggggggggggghhhhhhaaaa:cry:

By the way beam is 'one third the length of a football ground'.Rolling Eyes  (actually it is 32.3 metres)
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Did you know that concrete is now measured in Sydney Opera Houses?

Not clear whether this is cubic or tonnes but I don't suppose that matters in the circumstances.Rolling Eyes
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Did you know that concrete is now measured in Sydney Opera Houses?

Not clear whether this is cubic or tonnes but I don't suppose that matters in the circumstances.Rolling Eyes
YM-Mundrabilla
So ...... how many full size SG concrete sleepers are equal to 1 x Sydney Opera House?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Did you know that concrete is now measured in Sydney Opera Houses?

Not clear whether this is cubic or tonnes but I don't suppose that matters in the circumstances.Rolling Eyes
So ...... how many full size SG concrete sleepers are equal to 1 x Sydney Opera House?
Pressman
Here in Mexico we know nothing about either full size or dual gauge concrete sleepers. Do such things actually exist?

Using the Opera House measure, and working backwards, Parliament House in Canberra is supposed to equal 250 Sydney Opera Houses.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Did you know that concrete is now measured in Sydney Opera Houses?

Not clear whether this is cubic or tonnes but I don't suppose that matters in the circumstances.Rolling Eyes
So ...... how many full size SG concrete sleepers are equal to 1 x Sydney Opera House?
Here in Mexico we know nothing about either full size or dual gauge concrete sleepers. Do such things actually exist?

Using the Opera House measure, and working backwards, Parliament House in Canberra is supposed to equal 250 Sydney Opera Houses.
YM-Mundrabilla
LOL Parliament House Cantberra is full of sleepers and they all get paid for it
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
It is reported that Antarctica has lost three trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 - enough to cover New South Wales in 4 metres of water. . . . another entry into the book of "101 totally useless pieces of information".

P.S. I very much doubt the maths.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
It is reported that Antarctica has lost three trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 - enough to cover New South Wales in 4 metres of water. . . . another entry into the book of "101 totally useless pieces of information".

P.S. I very much doubt the maths.
Valvegear
Have now included idiot language to the thread:

'Track Shifting Machine' = point motor
'Trams running in an Enclosed Tube' = tunnel
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
' ... the far southern extent of the original electrocution in 1926 '
electrocution = electrification
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Seven News about an artificial reef constructed in Port Phillip - one oyster can purify a bath tub of water per day.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

It is reported that Antarctica has lost three trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 - enough to cover New South Wales in 4 metres of water. . . . another entry into the book of "101 totally useless pieces of information".

P.S. I very much doubt the maths.
Valvegear
The maths actually are aprox correct NSW is aprox 900 x 700 kilometres covered with 4 metres of water comes to 2,500 billion tons, ie 2.5 million million tons, 2.5trillion tons.

woodford
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
It is reported that Antarctica has lost three trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 - enough to cover New South Wales in 4 metres of water. . . . another entry into the book of "101 totally useless pieces of information".

P.S. I very much doubt the maths.
Valvegear
Why do you doubt the maths? It's just about bang on! I make their error to be less than 1%.

EDIT: I did not see Woodford's post, but his estimation of the NSW land area is not very good. A better guess is to use the 809,444 sqkm figure quote by Geoscience Australia. The other key factor is in the density of ice being approximately 92% that of water. (ie the volume of water is greater than the volume of ice)
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
We are now measuring areas in 'Switzerlands' for our new $7 billion drones.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Why do you doubt the maths?
"Aaron"
Because I did a quick mental, and stuffed it up!Embarassed
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
We are now measuring areas in 'Switzerlands' for our new $7 billion drones.
YM-Mundrabilla
Lets hope the measurements Czech out.

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