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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Grandpa Simpson

Stu converted Grandpa Simpon's mileage (rods per hogshead) claim into metric mileage (meterage?). I decided to see what a typical mileage claim would be if you converted it to Grandpa's rod-age.


Grandpa must be driving a train, a steamship, or a strip mining shovel. As for our more typical mileage, well, half a million is kind of a big number, a little unwieldly for everyday conversation.

 Where did we get this term 'hogshead' anyway? My take on Wikipedia's explanation is that some old Viking branded (like with a red hot iron) his barrels of ale with the image of the head of an ox, so barrels of ale came to be known as ox-heads. By the time they got to North America a hundred years later, the term had been corrupted to hogshead. Or maybe somebody else started branding their barrels with the image of the head of a hog.

Just what do they call 'mileage' in countries that haven't been to the moon?

Update April 2016 replaced missing spreadsheet on account of Google changed the way spreadsheets are embedded.

1 comment:

Ole Phat Stu said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7x-RGfd0Yk#t=160 is a good explanation of the imperial system of measures ;-)