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    Default OT - Ignorance Knows No Bounds

    We have often scoffed at and ridiculed some of the terminology on TV programs, and with good reason.

    But I think I've now heard the mother of all verbal faux pas. In a program Impossible Engineering that dealt with construction of a research station in Antartica, the narrator informs us they used over a million cubic tons of prefabricated components! ...Oh My! That's a lot of cubic tons.

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    Yes, ignorance is rampant.. Probably meant pubic tons..
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    I am still having trouble with, "pound foot" of torque.

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    I think the narrator was trying to say "They spent Millions in Public Funds". As for Pound Foot I can understand the confusion. The term in the US was Foot Pound until about 10 years ago. The engineering symbol is still written as ft-lb. Now that we've become more "civilized" we're using the European term Pound Foot.
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    The other day on the radio news they said,
    "The school district is petitioning the state
    for money to buy 20 new school buses.
    The current buses are old, and new buses
    are less likely to explode and catch fire".
    I did not know this was a significant problem !?!???!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doozer View Post
    The other day on the radio news they said,
    "The school district is petitioning the state
    for money to buy 20 new school buses.
    The current buses are old, and new buses
    are less likely to explode and catch fire".
    I did not know this was a significant problem !?!???!?

    --Doozer
    How else do they get rid of old school buses? You have to blow them up and it's much less likely they would blow up new buses, just the old ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnl View Post
    We have often scoffed at and ridiculed some of the terminology on TV programs, and with good reason.

    But I think I've now heard the mother of all verbal faux pas. In a program Impossible Engineering that dealt with construction of a research station in Antartica, the narrator informs us they used over a million cubic tons of prefabricated components! ...Oh My! That's a lot of cubic tons.
    Not in the shipping business I assume, then?

    A "ton" is 100 cubic feet of cargo space on a ship.
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    Admeasurement is done in long tons though, 2200lbs.

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    I wonder what the official definition of a **** ton is?

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