Originally Posted by Stitchawl
I had to look up the weight of 'one stone.' I know that in the UK, you use pounds and ounces as well as the metric system, but why 'stone' for body weight?
We are basically a metric country, but a few "old" things have stuck, and among those are measuring your weight in stone and pounds (1st = 14lb). I don't know why - just one of those things (like measuring road distances in miles, although everything else is in metres). Everyone in the UK knows at least approximately what they weigh in stone; I doubt that 1 in 100 would know it in kg. Perhaps it's different for kids, who are taught only the metric system - I don't know.