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iain
01-22-2002, 12:13 PM
microwave chips (microwave fries for our friends from across the pond) are horrible. I cant find anything else to eat (too much effort to cook) but they taste like cardboard. I just thought id share that with you...

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 12:17 PM
What do you European freaks call potato chips? (that's right, you're freaks! metric system, lorries, improper names for sports and all!)

iain
01-22-2002, 12:19 PM
in england they are crisps
in france they are chips

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 12:22 PM
So... do the french call "chips" (from this day forward, all words that are meant to have the European (read: wrong) definitions will be in quotes) fries?

no-one
01-22-2002, 12:25 PM
actually govt. the Metric System is far more effecient than "their"english system... supposedly it is more widly used even in the U.S. than the english system

iain
01-22-2002, 12:25 PM
no, the french call fries (uk : chips) fritÚs

no-one
01-22-2002, 12:26 PM
tell him about cookies and biscuits iain... man how screwed up you people is. and..and crackers!!!

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 12:28 PM
What about cookies and biscuits?

> supposedly it is more widly used even in the U.S. than the english system

I'd love to see some proof of that... (unless you meant in the scientific community)

> fritÚs

I suppose it'd be fruitless to see what that directly translates to :)

no-one
01-22-2002, 12:29 PM
>I'd love to see some proof of that... (unless you meant in the scientific community)


thats exactly what i meant... though i could have said so i guess.

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 12:30 PM
OK, that makes more sense, although I think the only reason it's so widely used is to keep to the SI standard.

no-one
01-22-2002, 12:34 PM
actually the reason i think it's more used is the fact that it is just easier to use and understand! it makes sense!!! EVERYTHINGS BASED ON TEN!!! like our numbering system!! it's so simple yet so genius!!... why can't anyone else see it that way...

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 12:37 PM
Eh, everything else in science takes some time to wrap your head around, why not the numbering system?

no-one
01-22-2002, 12:39 PM
hmm... i cant really say anything to that...

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 12:48 PM
> i cant really say anything to that...

"Yes, Govtcheez, you are totally correct" would do nicely. For dramatic effect, stare straight ahead and speak in a monotone.

no-one
01-22-2002, 12:51 PM
*imagine Steven Wright* "Yes, Govt. your absolutly right."

ah haa! but do you not believe the metric system is more efficient?

and BTW: you Title makes me uncomfortable.

Betazep
01-22-2002, 12:54 PM
aaahhhh... you guys are all screwed up. I am the only one around here with any sort of a clue. :)

no-one
01-22-2002, 12:56 PM
wha?

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 12:56 PM
> metric system is more efficient?

Not really, but I don't care much either way...

> you Title makes me uncomfortable.

But I thought the truth would set me free? :D

> I am the only one around here with any sort of a clue.

Unfortunately, yours is missing a Colonel Mustard...
(boooooo!!!!)

Betazep
01-22-2002, 12:58 PM
>>>wha?


There is no reason to cry about it. :D j/k

Betazep
01-22-2002, 12:59 PM
>>>>Unfortunately, yours is missing a Colonel Mustard...
(boooooo!!!!)

Dammit... how did you know? :)

Unregistered
01-22-2002, 01:04 PM
in france...

potato chips == croustille

french fries == patates frites

no-one
01-22-2002, 01:04 PM
>Not really, but I don't care much either way...

fair enough.

>But I thought the truth would set me free?

and creep me out, significantly in the process.

Betazep, your a real funny man, eh?

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 01:06 PM
How many different words does French have for "surrender"?

> and creep me out, significantly in the process.

Mission accomplished....

iain
01-22-2002, 01:07 PM
the metric system is based on logic whreas the imperial system is based on madness.

i mean come on 12 inches to a foot, blah feet to the yard
what is easier than base 10 ??!!

we still use the old system in this country but i dont use it!

no-one
01-22-2002, 01:08 PM
>Mission accomplished....

-insert insulting hurtful remark-


way to go iain, i unfortunatly have no choice...

Govtcheez
01-22-2002, 01:08 PM
> we still use the old system in this country but i dont use it!

Really? I thought we were the only ones that used that...

iain
01-22-2002, 01:13 PM
in france...

potato chips == croustille

french

> not according to my two french housemates

Betazep
01-22-2002, 01:17 PM
>>>Betazep, your a real funny man, eh?

You sound upset? Bad day?

no-one
01-22-2002, 01:38 PM
>You sound upset? Bad day?

i didn't sleep well and i have a "face" ache... i can half hear and my nose is running non stop... been like this for about a week now with no significant changes good or bad... im in a fairly bad mood, but im trying to be nice anyway.

Brian
01-22-2002, 02:13 PM
Motorways own highways/freeways etc..

Jock
01-25-2002, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by Govtcheez
What do you European freaks call potato chips? (that's right, you're freaks! metric system, lorries, improper names for sports and all!)

yeah, well at least REAL football is played by real men hwo use there feet to kick a ball around...... unlike those yank pansies who cover them selfes with more protection than a condom factory!!!

*And* we dont try to make rounders sound sa real grown ups game...... cos it isn;t ;)

by the way, aluminium is pronounced "al oo min eeum" cos theres an "I" neer the end! not "al oo min um" :p

oh, ps. we call them crips..... cos their crispy! And as for sports...... cricket *is* the most boring game on earth! and only god knows the rules to it! ;)

/me climes into his flame proof suit!

bobthefish3
01-25-2002, 06:45 PM
hey just as a note- figured i'd be an arse in here, for i've had this conversation about aluminum with an english chap that worked here with me at a boy scout camp during the summer--- here is a web site that proves aluminum is pronounced al oo min um, for it is spelled that way. Here's the proof - directly out of the periodic table of the elements:

http://chemlab.pc.maricopa.edu/periodic/Al.html

make sure you notice that it has no I in the end such as: alumin( I )um, but instead is spelled aluminum (notice no I) therefore, no EEEEEum sound. Thank you (*stick* - in the side that is).

Ever1234
01-25-2002, 10:19 PM
you silly little english chaps, you make me giggle. Eat skones, drink tea, play a bug (criket (sp)), Name your bands after bugs too (ya know who Im talkin bout), send us your worst woman to us as a talk show host (The Weakest Link, Ann). Yall scare me man.


skone skone skone, with a touch of tea thank you. Gu day Guvna'

I admit, I did like Mary Poppins (wasnt Dick Van Dike in there? I believe so, he isnt British is he ,ohhhhhh)

iain
01-25-2002, 10:58 PM
>>you silly little english chaps>>

i hope you can supply a valis arguement to support this statement

and which country are you from?

iain
01-25-2002, 10:59 PM
>>you silly little english chaps>>

i hope you can supply a valid arguement to support this statement

and which country are you from?

















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and now its 5 am im going to bed :)

Jockuk
01-26-2002, 06:17 PM
Originally posted by Ever1234
you silly little english chaps, you make me giggle. Eat skones, drink tea, play a bug (criket (sp)), Name your bands after bugs too (ya know who Im talkin bout), send us your worst woman to us as a talk show host (The Weakest Link, Ann). Yall scare me man.


skone skone skone, with a touch of tea thank you. Gu day Guvna'



lol :D

nothing wrong with a nice o tea! And as for Anne Robinson.... on behalf of my country i'd like to applogise! But then again, you gave us Riki lake, Jerry Springer, and McDoanlds! (who really used to be a scottish clan! but were kicked out of Scotland... over a row about food would you bieve it?)

Ona more serious note..... You also made the film U571..... which ought to have been banned. but hey! thats hollywood for ya! why let the truth get in the way of a good story ;)

iain
01-26-2002, 06:42 PM
personal attack on jockuk

"And what my wee haggis have scotland done for the world?"

Brian
01-26-2002, 06:46 PM
Despite what Americans believe, cricket is not our favourite sport. It's football (real football, with a BALL[spherical] KICKED by FEET). Cricket is a boring pile of **** to watch, but quite fun to play.

Jockuk
01-27-2002, 08:15 AM
Hey dont worry. Us scots dont hold a grudge.... well, except against those Midlanders ;) when it comes to flamming Iain, feel free! lol

Scotlan gave th world Golf, Haggis (the only food worse than anything from Mcdonalds, but at least there is some meat in a Haggis!). Also, most ministers in england are scottish.

And if i remember rightly, Dr Bell was the inspriation for Sherlock Holmes was he not?

adrianxw
01-28-2002, 04:13 AM
Just to counter/elaborate on an earlier point...

http://www.world-aluminium.org/history/language.html

shtarker
01-28-2002, 05:15 AM
I'll tell you one other thing that u scots are responsible for:
The perpuation of bag pipes.
(And i do know it was origionally the Irish who came up with that great instrument, but they got rid of it. Why can't you???)

Drewpee
01-28-2002, 09:49 AM
Two things,
A canadian invented the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell)
Govt, about the eficiency of the imperial measurement system:
is it easier to write 1 nm (nanometer (10^-9 m)) or
3.93701 * 10^-8 inches?
or 1/25399986 th of an inch?

Govtcheez
01-28-2002, 09:51 AM
Completely easier to do the latter. I'm right, you're wrong.

Is it easier to write 1 inch, or 2.54 cm?

(jeez, people, don't take me seriously)

Drewpee
01-28-2002, 10:00 AM
Canadians take the best (or worst) from both.

My car has a 4.3 Litre engine, does 0 - 60 mph in 8.5sec. gets 18 miles per gallon, speed limit on highways is 100 kilometers/hour. gas is 60 cents/litre. My tires are 265 millimeters wide, on 15 inch rims... it goes on and on like this

Govtcheez
01-28-2002, 10:03 AM
And that's not confusing at all to you?

I guess we have sort of the same thing...

My car has a 3.1 liter (notice the spelling of liter... it's pronounced lee-ter, not lee-tray.. it should be spelling accordingly) engine and goes 0-60mph in some amount of time... etc., etc....

Drewpee
01-28-2002, 10:25 AM
Hey we only switched to the metric system like 30 years ago! these things take time:D
I heard the British had a measurement standard of two horses butt's wide. They used that measurement to create roads and railways. Is this true?
Also, what does a stone weigh? (in pounds or kg, I can convert, or not..)

Govtcheez
01-28-2002, 10:29 AM
I believe 1 stone is ~6 pounds....

Hey, did you know that an American invented Canada?

> They used that measurement to create roads and railways. Is this true?

I heard that too - supposedly standard railroad rails are the same distance apart as standard wagon wheels were.

Drewpee
01-28-2002, 01:35 PM
Done, I hereby accept 0.5 glory & blame :D

How much you wanna bet the US invented telemarketing?;)

iain
01-28-2002, 03:22 PM
How much you wanna bet the US invented telemarketing?

id put my life on it

oter useful us inventions : Door to door sales, spam (the mail not the meaty substance), buger king (some of the most horrible food on the planet)

shtarker
01-28-2002, 05:56 PM
And the telephone was damn usefull.
Considering that an aussie phone company invented both fiber optic cables and the basics behing object oriented technonogy. Then ditched its research dpt. to help make the company more profitable.
I'd say we also invented a new form of logic. . . .