30 Jun 2011
KILOGRAMS OR POUNDS ?
more participants at Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday
In our hotel in Istanbul was a balance to weigh the suitcases probably before departure with a plane, to see if one hasn't bought too many souvenirs or leather clothes, which are very cheap in Turkey.
As it was just in front of the lift and sometimes I had to wait, I thought with all the good food I had eaten I will just take myself for a suitcase and see if I had gained too many kgs for the flight back.
There was an elderly couple and the women seeing me did the same. Unfortunately for her the balance was in kgs and not in pounds as she was probably used too. Her husband made savant calculations to get the kilos into pounds. When I heard the result, I thought I am happy that I live on a continent where everybody is lighter, at least in numbers ! The woman was very unhappy with her pound result.
If my weight would be 70 kg which sounds already a lot but compared to 154 lbs, I would be a skinny minnie. That's why the whole world uses kgs only the Americans prefer to be fatter and calculate their pounds.
But at least they have two compensations : They only start to sweat at 77 while the rest of the world starts already at 25 ! (25 °C = 77 F). For travelling also they are quicker, while we make a distance of 100 to reach our destination, they do it in only 62 ! (100 km = 62 miles)
My conclusion, they don't bother to be fat, and prefer to be quicker and sweat less.
The black spots still use the pounds, inches, and F's. Interesting is, when it all started in 1795 !
cat Pookie is happy with her weight of 5 kgs instead of 11 lbs ! It sounds far too much.