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Old 2005-11-18, 04:08   #1
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I was watching a TV program that went "behind the scenes" in a particular industry. They showed a number of manufacturing processes and their results.

At one of the facilities, there was a vessel that was labeled as having a capacity of 6819 litres. This was not a new facility, but it was very clean.

Can you tell me the capacity of this vessel as it was originally stated?
Can you tell me where it was located? (Country.)
For bonus points: Can you tell me the industry that was profiled?

As a hint: This question is very appropriate for the Lounge.
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Old 2005-11-18, 08:55   #2
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I was watching a TV program that went "behind the scenes" in a particular industry. They showed a number of manufacturing processes and their results.

At one of the facilities, there was a vessel that was labeled as having a capacity of 6819 litres. This was not a new facility, but it was very clean.

Can you tell me the capacity of this vessel as it was originally stated?
Can you tell me where it was located? (Country.)
For bonus points: Can you tell me the industry that was profiled?

As a hint: This question is very appropriate for the Lounge.
John
The volume given is very indeed close to 1500 Imperial gallons.

From this, we can make a reasonable guess that the vessel was located in England
or one of her (recent) colonies. That leaves quite a number of alternatives, including
the UK, Eire, Australia and Canada.

The industry could be producing one of many different products, including beer,
cider, wine, spirits, milk. From your "appropriate" comment, I'd guess a beer
brewery was being shown.


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Old 2005-11-18, 14:01   #3
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I hesitated whether to use the "appropriate" hint or not. The television program was about brewing and distilleries. If memory serves, the particular plant was the Beefeeter Gin distillery in London.

Labeling the vessel with such an exact capacity did not sit well with me after different discussions of significant digits. I reasoned that there had to be a "round figure" measurement for the capacity of the brewing vat.

The special was produced by the cable History Channel in the United States.

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Old 2005-11-18, 20:12   #4
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The special was produced by the cable History Channel in the United States.
Ah, well that means that the vat would have had a capacity of 6819 liters, not 6819 litres. Better redo all your math, lads. ;)

I notice that the stated volume also works out extremely closely to 1800 US gallons - is the US gallon defined to be *precisely* 5/6 of an imperial gallon?
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Old 2005-11-18, 20:39   #5
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No, it is approximately 6:5.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallon
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No, it is approximately 6:5.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallon
The US gallon and the Imperial gallon are each defined to be 8 (local) pints. One part of the discrepancy in the sizes of the units lies in the fact that the Imperial pint contains 20 fluid ounces and the US pint only 16.

Another part of the discrepancy is that the fluid ounce is a difference in the volume of the fluid ounce. A US floz is 1.0408427 Imperial floz.

The upshot of all this is that the Imperial gallon is 1.2009499 US gallons. Thus the US gallon is not defined to be 5/6 of an imperial gallon.

Finding out why the US fluid ounce is approximately 26/25 Imperial fluid ounces is left as an exercise.

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Old 2005-11-19, 11:26   #7
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Finding out why the US fluid ounce is approximately 26/25 Imperial fluid ounces is left as an exercise.
Easy. The yanks are 20% more inbred than the Brits!

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Old 2005-11-20, 03:24   #8
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How distasteful are the poisonous words of a thinly veiled insult,
that mar an enjoyable and informative thread.

So the Philistines were subdued,
and they came no more within the border of Israel

1 Samuel 7:13 ASV (American Standard Version)
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Old 2005-11-20, 11:36   #9
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How distasteful are the poisonous words of a thinly veiled insult,
that mar an enjoyable and informative thread.

So the Philistines were subdued,
and they came no more within the border of Israel

1 Samuel 7:13 ASV (American Standard Version)

You don't know:
a) What nationality I am
b) What nationality my long-term partner is
c) What country chose I live in
If you did, you would hopefully see my post as ironic, and not insulting at all.

Just for reference - can you explain to me where I got my "20%" from?
If you can't then you've understood little about my post at all, and have no grounds upon which to form comment.

Wait a second? What's this nonsense about "thinly veiled insult"? It's an explicit obvious and utterly unnecessary insult! On the surface. The fact that it was so unneccessary should have given a hint that it wasn't the payload of the message at all, merely the delivery mechanism.

Looking for an enjoyable thead, were you? I'm afraid you've got the wrong forum. This is abuse.
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Old 2005-11-20, 14:40   #10
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Looking for an enjoyable thead, were you? I'm afraid you've got the wrong forum. This is abuse.
ITYM "Ah yes, you want room 12A, Just along the corridor.". HTH, HAND.


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Old 2005-11-20, 17:14   #11
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Irony abounds
and giving credit where credit is due.

Thank you for your contributions which enabled the ironic content
of my previous post.

Couldn't have done it without you.

Sometimes it takes a global village to create irony, ;)
sometimes not.
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