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Old Yesterday, 07:41 PM   #25921
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I think you may have discovered a secret of animal behavior...their humor has a bit of a cruel streak!

Yes, I think that's somewhat true. After all, they're critters, and aren't encumbered by consciences. Bless their hearts. I loves 'em, anyway.

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Old Today, 07:18 AM   #25922
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The problem with a broken toe is that it sticks out at least 30 cms in front of where the shoe ends. I don't quite know HOW it does that, but it does.
Would that be 30 mms? Or is it some form of metric humor vouchsafed to one of an imperial bent? A play on the word foot, perhaps? Since by my calculations, 30 cms is about a foot long and even exaggerating for effect, I can't picture a broken toe extending for a foot if you're not Sideshow Bob.
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Old Today, 12:01 PM   #25923
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Yes, it was deliberately a metric "foot". My idea of humour, which I admit is sometimes a triffle odd.
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^Lol.

I think the joke works best on those of us in fractured (pun not intended) metric countries like Canada. Ask me how far Calgary is away and I'll say about 700km, but ask me how tall I am and I am five foot ten inches, although I've taught myself to know 178cm now.

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I know science is fun and all, but wasting salt and a destroying a 2 litre bottle of Coke in order to half blow up a balloon is pretty wasteful. I can blow up a balloon without my mouth: it's called a bicycle pump with a ball-inflation adapter.

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^Lol.

I think the joke works best on those of us in fractured (pun not intended) metric countries like Canada. Ask me how far Calgary is away and I'll say about 700km, but ask me how tall I am and I am five foot ten inches, although I've taught myself to know 178cm now.
Yup. It's 9 degrees outside, but my oven is baking cookies at 400 degrees. And I have no idea how tall I am in cm. Except that I'm 5' 9 1/2". And when I make sausage, I measure the meat in pounds but everything else in grams. The butcher charges me $4.49/Lb. for pork bellies, but my flour comes in 10Kg bags. That's Canada, for you - totally fractured metric.
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Thailand is completely metric... except for fabric.
Everything is measured in kilo, grams, centimeters, milliliters, etc., except cloth, which is sold by the yard.

Coming from the US, I had no clue as to metric usage before I moved to Japan. Took me a while to come to terms with buying meat in the supermarket priced by 100gm units. Kilometers were easier to deal with when driving, horizontal meters pretty easy too, as were vertical distances 'down' when scuba diving. But like many of you, I still have difficulty (after 25 years in Asia) of dealing with small vertical distances up, such as my height.

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In Germany I did quite well with distances in klicks. Weight was only so so. When buying meat I was usually pretty far under what I wanted, but increasing was usually fairly easy
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