[sdiy] Metric OT rant -how about that billion thing?
batzman at all-electric.com
Tue Aug 13 07:38:59 CEST 2002
Y-ellow James 'n' all.
At 08:12 PM 8/12/02 -0700, James Husted wrote:
>Do the British (and some other Europeans) still consider a Billion to be
>different than we do here in America? I recall at one time they called what
>we call a Billion, a thousand-million (1,000,000,000). As in:
>Tens, hundreds, thousands, 10s of thousands, hundreds of thousands,
>millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions, (US)Billions - (UK)
>Thousands of millions, then (US) Tens of billions - (UK) Billions.
> Does this get worse as you get higher? Like millions of billions instead of
>a trillion? I bet this plays hell with large overseas bank transfers. I used
>to use this as a trick question to win bar bets. Like which weighs more, an
>ounce of gold or an ounce of lead? (gold does - precious metals are measured
>in troy weight which is 480grains to the oz. not 437.5grains in
Well if you think that's confusing, don't go to Ethiopia. They don't even
share the same calendar as the rest of the world. I think it's just turning
1995 there now so I guess Bill is right on target with the release of
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