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Measurements, Time and Distance
"The UK has succumbed to the Système International d'Unités (a.k.a. the metric system), but old units are still remembered and sometimes used in some activities. How much do you know about these?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The height of a horse is traditionally measured in hands. How many inches make a hand?
How many yards make a furlong?
Ever since the laws of cricket were first written down in 1744, the length of a cricket pitch has been 22 yards. Twenty-two yards is a traditional unit of measurement: what is it called?
Which is bigger, a U.S. pint or an Imperial (British) pint?
(Imperial or US .. I or US)
Mention of pints naturally makes a Brit think of beer. Draught beer in the UK is traditionally served from casks containing a number of Imperial gallons. Which of these casks is the biggest?
When British scientists used Imperial units, they often preferred to measure speed in feet per second rather than miles per hour. If a car is travelling at 60 miles per hour, what is that in feet per second?
The avoirdupois pound is the same in Britain and in the US. However, while Americans speak of their weight in pounds, Britons generally use stones and pounds. How many pounds make a stone?
In the UK and US, a car's fuel consumption is measured in miles per gallon. What is the usual measure in Europe?
litres per kilometre
litres per 100 kilometers
kilometres per litre
kilometres per hectolitre
One of Shakespeare's best known songs is sung by Ariel in "The Tempest" (Act 1, Scene 2), and begins "Full fathom five thy father lies". So how far below the sea's surface is Ferdinand's father?
In the US a ton is 2,000 pounds. But how many pounds made a ton in the UK?
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