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    • Jacob Rees-Mogg issued a style guide for his staff. Newspaper's and Wire Services do this and different organizations have differing styles. Does one use the "Oxford Comma" or not — differs based on what style guide one uses.

      Ress-Mogg told his staff that he wanted them to use "Imperial Measurements" which for Americans and British are the units of measurements which were traditional prior to the metric system and which are considered by many to be unscientific. Of course, Kelvin is more scientific that Celsius — but that's a different topic.

      A radio caller who apparently is opposed to the traditional units of measurement asked Jacob Rees-Mogg how many yards are in a mile.

      The man who was king at the time that the American Colonies revolted was George III. He became King when his father died in 1760. If one can remember when George III became king (and I suspect most of us cannot) then one should have no trouble remembering how many yards are in a mile.

      Note: This is intended to be humorous. I have a very warped sense of humor. (Or should I say "humour?")


    • You bring up that Imperial is "unscientific" though duodecimal systems do have the benefit of being divisible by 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12, So 12 can be divided into thirds easily, quarters, halves, three quarters... 10 does not quarter easily. Thirds, quarters and halves are units we find easy to work with. Though the duodecimal is a bit less intuitive when it comes to orders of magnitude.

      The main reason decimal is some how more "scientific" is as we have 10 fingers. Here is an article on why it is not very scientific to use 10 as a basis of our counting system. It is a pretty Western based view too that base-10 is best, the Mayans were known to use a base 20-system, and the Babylonians developed a system using sets of 60.

      Also, I would like to point out computers use binary rather than decimal, are computers "unscientific" for not using metric?

    • I wrote:

      "considered by many to be unscientific"

      I did not say that they were right.

      Also, not all of the Imperial units are duodecimal. The mile is 440 * 12 feet but what unit equals 440 feet?

      I did not intend that my previous post be taken seriously nor did I intend it as a criticism of either the Imperial system or the Metric system.

      I was also being silly when I said that Celsius is less scientific than Kelvin. Celsius is based on two of the properties of water, namely its freezing point and its boiling point. It is, therefore scientific.

    • I get a kick out of the metrics used in the UK. Candy by the grams, petrol by liters, mountain heights by meters, and speed limits in standard miles per hour....... ??

      The arguments pro and con suggest we can only use one system, why? We all have a phone in our pocket which can do conversions instantly these days.

      1760 yards per mile - not from my phone but from my own memory, not sure why it is stuck in there.

      Addendum: I recently spent 15 days in the Highlands in Scotland, and was discussing the use of the Metric system for all measurements in the UK EXCEPT speed limit signs and road distances, and my Scottish guide said the reason was financial - that when the government highway officials finally came up with a cost for a whole new set of road signs all across the UK, they, the public, balked at the cost, and decided to stick with their existing Imperial measurements for roadway signs. I don't know if this is true, but it sounds like it might well be.

    • Pathfinder,

      From my original post:

      The man who was king at the time that the American Colonies revolted was
      George III. He became King when his father died in 1760.