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16 ounces (weight)
1/6 U.S. fluid ounce
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5.87849981 x 10 to the 12th power miles
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Sep 25th, 2008 at 20:48 GMT
There are also 16 ounces in a pint. You mind want to label fluid ounces versus weight.
Oct 8th, 2008 at 21:58 GMT
Your light-year description is... off. "Miles to the 12th power?"
Oct 10th, 2008 at 15:16 GMT
Yeah, I'm thinking that should be 5.87849981 x 10 to the 12th power miles, or maybe just 5.87849981 x 10^12 miles...
Oct 15th, 2008 at 23:31 GMT
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why everybody else on the planet uses metric.
Oct 19th, 2008 at 11:37 GMT
No Davidr. WE (the Brits) use imperial. And WE gave it to you lol. But you lot (Americans) screwed it up somewhere along the line lol. There're 2240 pounds in a ton. Yours is called a short ton. And your gallons are smaller too. We have 20 fluid ounces in our pint (I think lol) Doesn't metric make SO much more sense lol. Other than that I've just found your site and think it's great. Thanks
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Nov 24th, 2008 at 00:01 GMT
because 2240 makes so much more sense than 2000. stop being a stuck up brit and live with the fact that metric is a better system. (FYI, i'm American)
Dec 2nd, 2008 at 17:01 GMT
The reason the long ton has 2240 pounds is that it consists of 20 hundredweights (cwt). The long cwt is 112 pounds, because it is 8 stone, 1 stone being 14 pounds. The short cwt is 100 pounds. I don't think that a short stone of 12.5 pounds was ever used. I also think the long weights were devised to allow for the gross weight of a container or wagon. Here in Canada, we get the best and worst of both worlds, dealing with you Brits and Yankees (with apologies to those south of the Mason-Dixon line). We also play both sides of the metric/imperial game, because we started metrification under Pierre Trudeau (a Liberal prime minister: to you Yanks, he'd be a Democrat, to you Brits, I guess Labour is the closest match; on the left of centre anyway), but then our government change hands, bringing in a Progressive Conservative crew (Republican/Tory/right wing) who felt we should not force business to spend money just because it made sense to join the rest of the planet under the metric system. So the job is half done, my bread comes in a 680 g loaf (24 oz) and until just this past fall, a can of apple juice held 1.82 litres (32 fl. oz.) The juice cans have gone to 1.6 l but stayed the same price. Quelle surprise.
Jan 29th, 2009 at 23:28 GMT
I second Jeremy up there.. took me a few moments to figure out why it wouldn't accept pint for 16 oz.
Mar 7th, 2009 at 21:39 GMT
we (uk) have 20 ounces in a pint, mr xenophobe is right. Maybe they could change the ounces to fluid ounces where necessary to save the confusion. Davidr and Jkd we also use a mixture, we have our beer and milk in pints, measure ourselves in stones and feet and drive at mph, though we buy most food in grams
Apr 13th, 2009 at 02:03 GMT
Pretty proud of myself for getting 9 out of 14 even though I use the metric system - I did miss the 'mile' one though ... lol.
Apr 14th, 2009 at 13:53 GMT
I agree with Jeremy. I put pint first and was like wtf.
Apr 21st, 2009 at 18:08 GMT
I should not have to know all of these...yet I do. Oh how I yearn for the metric system.
May 1st, 2009 at 05:04 GMT
I'm so glad us brits went metric, although we do still seem wedded to miles for some reason
Jul 7th, 2009 at 23:48 GMT
Roll on the metric system.
Sep 20th, 2009 at 06:48 GMT
@sporcleAdim, 5.87849981 x 10 miles to the 12th power should be "5.87849981 x 10 to the 12th miles" or "5.87849981 x 10^12 miles"
Oct 22nd, 2009 at 00:14 GMT
Ah, how did I not remember that annoying "bushel and a peck" song?
Nov 26th, 2009 at 21:28 GMT
@TheDixieFlatline We're certainly on the way to becoming full metric in the UK, it's mainly the older generations who learned and did everything in the imperial system and most of them are stuck in their ways and won't learn the metric systems. My mum still measures peoples weight in Stone, baffled when I use celsius, kilos or kilometres. I do find it annoying that despite officially being metric, our road signs are in Miles and smaller distances are in Yards. Seriously medieval.
Feb 25th, 2010 at 00:33 GMT
Idk I'm American and I'm on the fence with this one. I think that the use of KMS (Kilogram Meter Second) in physics and science makes sense because the units are easy enough to convert, but I couldn't tell you how much I weigh in kilos or how tall I am in meters unless I measured myself or did the unit conversion out... I like the fact that a foot is about the length of a foot and an inch is about the length of the top of my thumb. It makes things a lot easier to estimate.
Mar 29th, 2010 at 02:38 GMT
Despite not being a science or lab guy, I got them all! Woo! Steve Holt!
Apr 14th, 2010 at 17:00 GMT
Thank God for metric. Except if you're Canadian. Someone should make a metric quiz. How many X in a KiloX? 1000. How many CentiX in an X? 100. Doesn't even matter what you're dealing with.
Oct 26th, 2010 at 19:15 GMT
davidr: Not everybody else uses the metric system. Myanmar and Liberia use the Imperial system. So we're, uh, in good company...
Feb 10th, 2011 at 01:52 GMT
You really should label ounces of force vs. ounces of weight because it can be awfully confusing. I kept trying pint for 16 ounces.
Apr 23rd, 2011 at 21:19 GMT
"light year" is an acceptable variation of "light year", as is "light-year". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-year
Jun 10th, 2011 at 20:45 GMT
"Light year" as two words is unacceptable???? Seriously???? ONE globe simply for that bit of stupidity!
Jul 3rd, 2011 at 16:48 GMT
I also got light year wrong because of the space. I think that should be acceptable.
Sep 12th, 2011 at 20:00 GMT
I wonder what people would have commented if some of the answers would be really obscure, like dram or hogshead.
Sep 14th, 2011 at 16:52 GMT
add more obscure one. 66 feet per gunters chain anyone?
Oct 31st, 2011 at 01:23 GMT
You should really accept "light year".
Jan 9th, 2012 at 07:25 GMT
Okay, I'm confused. If 3 tsps are 1 tbsp, and 3 tbsps are 1/3 of a cup, and a cup is 8 oz., and 1/6 oz. is 1 tsp... Wait, I think I got lost...
Feb 27th, 2012 at 21:37 GMT
Don't see how 8 ounces can be 1 cup... an ounce is a measure of weight, a cup is a measure of volume... it must be 8 ounces of a particular substance, since 8 ounces of feathers would be considerably larger than 1 cup!
Apr 11th, 2012 at 18:42 GMT
@itsnotme: it's referring to fluid ounces. Just to be confusing, we have a unit of weight called an ounce AND a unit of volume called an ounce.
Jun 2nd, 2012 at 21:22 GMT
So this quiz has been around three years, yet still retains a couple of errors that multiple people pointed out early in its history? (16 ounces not accepting pint; light year clue being nonsensical) Nice.
I guess the quizmaker never bothered to look at the comments, which is odd considering that he's an admin and a curator; anyway, I'll report the mistakes and we'll see whether the collective powers that be will get to it. But even if they do, I'm disappointed — I think quizmakers have a responsibility to keep abreast of their quizzes.
Jul 30th, 2012 at 23:58 GMT
@atakdog thanks for the feedback. Sadly with over 8000 (and counting) published quizzes we cannot review all the comments that come in, the best mechanism we have to fix games (especially older ones) is by reviewing reported mistakes. Now maybe there is a better way, but until then, please use the Report a Mistake button below and Sporcle staff will get on it in a jiffy. That being said, this quiz has been reviewed and revised, hope that helps!
May 1st, 2013 at 01:40 GMT
hooray for the imperial system! i know it's not as easy but i'm glad it never went away
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