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Skiing is un-American!

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Skis are measured in centimeters. Just as Jimmy Carter about the metric system.
Bindings are tested in DIN. Deutsches Institut Fur Normung. Sounds pretty German to me.
Boots Sizes are measured in Mondo. What or who the heck is/was Mondo? Ends in a vowel...must be furren.
Poles...that's all we got that is measured in good ole 'merican "inches".

post #2 of 22
Phil, just divide that 'ol metric measurement by 2.54 and you will have it in inches.

BTW- My poles are measured in metric too.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Poles...that's all we got that is measured in good ole 'merican "inches".

I think you will find ''inches'' are British.

However you have not managed to adopt all Imperial measurements. A US gallon is different to a proper Imperial gallon and Americans have no idea how much a stone is. So I have to multiply by 14 in US ski hire shops.

My preference would be that you go metric and also adopt the Euro while you are at it. It would save me having to sort through different coins. No more French francs, Austrian schillings etc. It would make cost comparison easier too.

Next trip, I have to use Polish zlotys and will probably get stuck with a pocketful when I come home.

Life would be so much easier if Johnny Foreigner all used the same coinage.
post #4 of 22
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I think you will find ''inches'' are British.
Yah, sure. Next you're going to try to tell us our language is British, also.
post #5 of 22
I have always wondered that those foot-inch-lbs-gallon-Fahrenheit-loving Americans accepted centimeters in ski lengths. :

BTW, be not so happy with poles. AinĀ“t they Poles from Poland?
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by teachskiljp
Phil, just divide that 'ol metric measurement by 2.54 and you will have it in inches.

BTW- My poles are measured in metric too.
YEA! Poles are switch hitters!
post #7 of 22
yeah metric is hard to figure out just like a dollar, multiples of ten ...hmmmm
post #8 of 22
this whole metric ything is silly...as long as we all ski!

you'd do just as weel sitting down over a pint of ale to debate this...

of course you would have to figure out if it was an american pint or an imperial pint...

oh screw it. let all go ski, then get drunk!
post #9 of 22
SirMack, you can drink your American or Imperial pint, I think I'll go metric, and have a litre...
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
I will have 3 fingers of scotch...

damn...nebber mind vodka....D'oh...good ole Kentucky Wiskey .
post #11 of 22
[quote=teachskiljp

BTW- My poles are measured in metric too.[/QUOTE]

That kind of stuff should be posted in "Random Humor"
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I will have 3 fingers of scotch...

damn...nebber mind vodka....D'oh...good ole Kentucky Wiskey .
Yep, and I'll drink it before I hit the slopes. Then I will run down the mountain on good old American snowshoes. They can keep their fancy "skiing" over there where it came from.
post #13 of 22
Somehow Australia managed to change to the metric system in the 1970's (Less idiots to convince : ). To do it they had to make imperial measurements virtually illegal for a period (for many years it was very difficult to buy any measuring instrument with imperial measurements).

Its strange though, although after 35 years of using metric measurements, and being totally comfortable using kilometres, kilograms and litres etc, I will still relate to a person's height in feet and inches. Somehow I can relate to 6' but not to 183cm.

BTW, a metric pint = 600 cl, but a stien is better
post #14 of 22

American indeed

From Wikipedia:
"In 1866, Congress authorized the use of the metric system"
We're on board!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_..._United_States
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Taxman
Somehow Australia managed to change to the metric system in the 1970's (Less idiots to convince : ). To do it they had to make imperial measurements virtually illegal for a period (for many years it was very difficult to buy any measuring instrument with imperial measurements).

Its strange though, although after 35 years of using metric measurements, and being totally comfortable using kilometres, kilograms and litres etc, I will still relate to a person's height in feet and inches. Somehow I can relate to 6' but not to 183cm.

BTW, a metric pint = 600 cl, but a stien is better
I can relate to someone who says they're 180cm or 170cm tall because i know approximately how tall a ski of that length is relative to my own height.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by SirMack
oh screw it. let all go ski, then get drunk!
Aside from the topic... I just have to bow to the above words... well said and cheers!
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Holimonter
Aside from the topic... I just have to bow to the above words... well said and cheers!
No, lets's all get drunk and go snowshoeing! Do not trust the white man. He speaks in many tongues and his snowshoes are split from a tree.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I will have 3 fingers of scotch...

damn...nebber mind vodka....D'oh...good ole Kentucky Wiskey .
Scotch whisky comes from Scotland. Kentucky whiskey is bourbon, but JD is sour mash as it's from Tenessee.

Just incase anyone was wandering
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by robh
... Just incase anyone was wandering
I'll take a case of that JD from TN right to my doorstep thank you.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by robh
Scotch whisky comes from Scotland. Kentucky whiskey is bourbon, but JD is sour mash as it's from Tenessee.

Just incase anyone was wandering
Thanks, I did not know that. Great first post!
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Skis are measured in centimeters. Just as Jimmy Carter about the metric system.
Bindings are tested in DIN. Deutsches Institut Fur Normung. Sounds pretty German to me.
Boots Sizes are measured in Mondo. What or who the heck is/was Mondo? Ends in a vowel...must be furren.
Poles...that's all we got that is measured in good ole 'merican "inches".


Hey Phil. How are you doing? And skiing is very American. Remember the 10th
post #22 of 22

Thank the yanks

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Originally Posted by TJBrk
Hey Phil. How are you doing? And skiing is very American. Remember the 10th
1st chairlift (Sun Valley)
1st metal ski (Howard Head)
1st aluminum ski pole (Ed Scott)
1st plastic ski boot (Robert Lange)

(Hmmm.. I feel like gear pheak Phil was trolling for those last three, fish on!)

Invention of snowboarding skiing (Sherman Poppen, Dimitrije Milovich, Jake Burton Carpenter, Tom Sims, Chuck Barfoot)
Re-invention of telemark skiing (Steve Barnett, and ?)

Leaders in alpine skiing for over a hundred years. From the ski runners of the Alturas ski club of the 1890's who achieved speeds that were not approached by Europeans for decades, to Bode Miller.
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