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Thread #107159   Message #2220014
Posted By: Rowan
20-Dec-07 - 07:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: weight measurment
Subject: RE: BS: weight measurment
G'day McGrath,
Stones were used in Oz until decimalisation in the 70s.

For Bert and Murray's benefit, I still have my father's old surveying staff which uses feet divided into tenths. But even Americans have converted their surveying measures to versions with exact metric (SI) equivalents rather than ones that require umpteen decimal places.

The SI unit of mass is the kilogram and there are many different SI units (length, frequency etc) specified. Here is one discussion (among many) of the folklore involved.

Cheers, Rowan