30 Jun 2011

KILOGRAMS OR POUNDS ?

Jenny Matlock
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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.

19 comments:

ellen b said...

Hey you just gave me a solution to feel better about what the scale says when I step on it LOL!

Teresa said...

Hmmm...maybe the country's obesity problem would disappear with the change! Might be worth a try. :-)

skoots1mom said...

love your kitty...

Linens and Royals said...

But if you divide 154lbs by 14 you get 11stone which sounds a lot better. My scales and tape measures show imperial and metric and I like to know my weight in stones so I can compare it to my weight when young. Sadly I will never be 7stone 3lbs again.

Riet said...

That is an interesting K post Gattina. I am happy we have kilo's but when I loose a kilo I am glad I lost two pounds.

H said...

In the UK, we are metric, but we still calculate travelling distances in miles and I still weigh myself in stones! At the beginning of this week I collected mark from University and travelled 450 miles. Google tells me that is 742.2 km. That sounds a LOT!! :)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Awwwwwwwww, Pookie you're adorable.

Golly, I never would have guessed I weight so little. I too, then, would weigh 70kg. Cool!!!!

Oh, and by the way, the other day you told me you loved Myrtle Jam....where the heck can you buy that in USA I wonder?!!! I would love to try it...I bet it's so luscious. Will have to see about it around town, and if not, I will have to go shopping on the net to find it.


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Mara said...

There is another side to the story as well though: if you take your weight in pounds, it looks a lot better to loose two pounds than one kilogram! Unfortunately in the end the result is the same either way: I don't loose enough and am still too heavy!

Cindy Adkins said...

I love your precious cat. How adorable!! And this is so interesting~I remember also being in England and the sizes were different from here...I didn't know which size to buy!

XO

Sue said...

I am completely out of touch with the metric system and have to look everything up online when I run into it.

We are the oddballs, it seems.

=)

A Lady's Life said...

cute pookie.
She doesn't seem to care one way or another.
And why should she lol

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Hey, in kilos I would be quite skinny! But, in dog years, I should be dead.....

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I never learned how to convert. I think I had to rely on charts to help me school.

Loree said...

I am so glad we have KGs. It is so easier to calculate everything.

Jingle said...

prayers.
bless you and your family, including pets.

cheers.

Esther Joy said...

Kilograms do sound much better! As a nurse, we had to be familiar with both.

Ames said...

Pounds, Kilos, I'd just be happy to lose soem weight.~Ames

Pondside said...

Living as we do, so close to the US we are constantly changing those pesky pounds back to Kgs and the temperature back to celcius!

Jenny said...

No matter how I calculate I still need to lose weight.

This was a neat post! I've never thought about this before!

Your kitty is beautiful!

Thanks for a fun link this week.

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