Tonnes or tons ?

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  1. Desecrated

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    "My car ways a ton, two cares weights 2 tonnes"

    Is that really the correct term ?
     
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    Zepp88 Arktanian Diplomat Contributor

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    Depends on where you are I guess...here it's "tons" as far as I know..
     
  3. Desecrated

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    So "1 tonne 2 tonnes" is brittish and "1 ton and 2 tons" is the american way ?

    Kinda like color and colour?
     
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    Yeah, forget the British way :fawk: :lol:
     
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    ukfswmart Far too opinionated

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    Tons and tonnes are two very different weights; tons is imperial, tonnes is metric. A metric tonne weighs 1000kg, whereas an imperial ton varies in weight. The imperial ton is largely obsolete now, so remember that -ne boys and girls :wavey:
     
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    And let's not make the distinction between "American" and "British" English.

    The truth is, every single English-speaking country in the world uses the same form of English, except the United States of America. You have Noah Webster and his nutty "language reforms" to thank for that.

    American English is the exception, not the rule.
     
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    MF_Kitten Set up us the bomb

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    yeah, i always find it funny when americans say that british people talk funny :p

    also, anyone else find it weird to think about the fact that america was founded by actual brits being cocky, killing the natives? :p

    and even weirder, america is really really young... like REALLY young... and yet they are the "supahpowah big brutha of teh wooorld!"... how the hell did they grow so fast, and so MUCH? :p

    and another observation, is that british people eat really really greasy and fatty-ass foods... what other country is known for that?

    hmmm! :p
     
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    Thank you, Darren! :wub:
     
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    No, i think the stereotype about British cuisine is that everything is boiled into the same incomprehensible, soggy, bland mush.
     
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    The brits?! :rofl:

    Yanks, methinks. :lol:
     
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    if i remember right, it was actually in Scotland (and not the American South, amazingly), where the deep-fried Twinkie was invented :idea:
     
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    Randy Ooh, Degrasse Tyson-son Super Moderator

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    1 ton = 2000 lbs. (907.194 kg)

    1 tonne (or metric/long ton/tonne) = 2204.6 lbs. (1000 kg)

    When you see power-to-weight ratios as xxx bhp/ton, it's almost always the 1000 kg. version as that's the European convension.
     
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    Simply calling it megagram when the units were named would have spared us some confusion, it seems. :)
     
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    No, that would have made life too simple, they wanted to cause confusion :lol:
     
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    Because clearly, inches, feet, yards and miles weren't already fucking nutty enough as is :lol:
     
  18. Desecrated

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    It's about time that the united states switch to the metric system.
     
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    ukfswmart Far too opinionated

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    Well, calling it a Megagram would be correct if you want to adhere to SI units, but it essentially boils down to semantics as they're both the same in terms of mass
     
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    Impossible, since you can't get them here.


    What the hell is a twinkie?
     

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