[Vwdiesel] the pint problem

Mark Shepherd mark at shepher.fsnet.co.uk
Wed Sep 29 17:46:16 EDT 2004

pint n. The standard UK measure of beer - apparently
equivalent to 0.568 litres in new money. It is possible to
buy a half-pint instead but doing so will marr you for life
in the eyes of your peers. Drinking half-pints of beer is
generally seen as the liquid equivalent of painting your
fingernails and mincing. However, it's not quite as bad as
drinking American pints of beer. Whilst pretending that a
pint really is a pint, Americans managed to get away with
putting 16 fluid ounces in theirs while ours contain 20. My
source tells me that the issue is compounded further by the
fact that an American fluid ounce is also 4% smaller than
ours. Ah, but that's never the end of the story, is it. Yet
another contributor tells me that the reason American pints
are different sizes is actually our fault. Prior to American
independence a British king (not sure which one) elected to
raise tax on beer but upon discovering that he needed an act
of parliament to change the tax, he instead changed the size
of the pint (which only required a royal edict).

this is lifted off the net  Aussie style?

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