Unnecessarily Accurate Distances on Signs

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Re: Unnecessarily Accurate Distances on Signs

Post by dereer » Sat Oct 23, 2021 11:55

There are a few ".5 km" signs in Carrickmacross pointing towards Inniskeen.

9.5 km at the N2 junction
10.5 km near the town centre
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Re: Unnecessarily Accurate Distances on Signs

Post by Big L » Wed Nov 03, 2021 21:03

I passed this today, but missed the 'f' on the sign, and thought of this thread. It is advertising a local radio station, obviously.
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Re: Unnecessarily Accurate Distances on Signs

Post by WHBM » Wed Nov 03, 2021 21:35

There used to be an advance warning sign for a side road on the A13 in London (it just pre-dated Google) whose plate warned it was in 188 metres, obviously a conversion from 200 yards by someone both unnecessarily precise and who didn't know metric is not used. It was there for years.

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Re: Unnecessarily Accurate Distances on Signs

Post by Vierwielen » Thu Nov 04, 2021 18:32

During the New Year of 1981/82 I joined a tour that crossed the Sahara by Landrover. WHen travelling on one of the main north-south roads in Algeria, I saw many roadsigns pointing to villages a little off the main road that were rounded to the nearest 100 metres. (The distances were usually less than one kilometre).

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Re: Unnecessarily Accurate Distances on Signs

Post by the cheesecake man » Mon Nov 08, 2021 13:16

Big L wrote:
Wed Nov 03, 2021 21:03
I passed this today, but missed the 'f' on the sign, and thought of this thread. It is advertising a local radio station, obviously.
Or perhaps someone measured it very badly and thinks the roundabout is 92 femtometres away. :coat:

It's not a great advert as it doesn't tell me the name of the radio station. :facepalm:

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Re: Unnecessarily Accurate Distances on Signs

Post by jnty » Tue Dec 07, 2021 12:58

John McAdam wrote:
Fri Oct 22, 2021 20:00
Jonathan24 wrote:
Fri Oct 22, 2021 19:15
... For anyone under 50, anywhere in the UK, do they actually use imperial measures anymore, unless they absolutely have to? Metric just seems to make so much more sense, otherwise why don't we go back to using pounds, shillings and pence again? :confused:
As I often hear in the pub: "Yes please, 568 millilitres of beer, thanks" ...

Quite agree with your underlying point though!
In these days of 'shrinkflation' I can imagine there'd be a lot of industry support for redefining a 'metric pint' as 500ml. Would solve a lot of problems!

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