Why do we say "pound" but write lb?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Rossatron, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Rossatron macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    Location:
    in a ziplock bag inside a car's trunk
    #1
    Question in the title. Was doing homework last night and started wondering about it
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2001
    Location:
    Denmark
    #2
    Here you go:

     
  3. Rossatron thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    Location:
    in a ziplock bag inside a car's trunk
    #3
    Thanks! Now that we got that covered, how about solving some thermodynamics puzzles for me? :p
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

    Chundles

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2005
    #4
    Using imperial measurements? Let me go get my abacus...
     
  5. barkmonster macrumors 68020

    barkmonster

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2001
    Location:
    Lancashire
    #5
    It might be that a Ib of gold was worth £1 in currency at some point in the past.
     
  6. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

    Apple fanboy

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    Location:
    Behind the Lens, UK
    #6
    I wish it was now! I could retire with what's in my wallet.
     
  7. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

    jknight8907

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Location:
    Hudson Valley NY
    #7
    This logic does not compute...
     
  8. barkmonster macrumors 68020

    barkmonster

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2001
    Location:
    Lancashire
    #8
    Your logic computer has obviously crashed then :D

    It's obvious what was meant but I'll explain it.

    If you had for example, £10 in cash in your wallet.

    Traded that for 10Ib in gold.

    At £785.82 per oz based on today's current prices obtained here: http://goldpricenetwork.com/goldprice/uk/

    And using ACTUAL Ibs and Oz, not some flaky lower quantity version (like the US version of gallon vs ACTUAL gallon for example), that would mean trading £10 for 10Ibs of gold which is 160oz.

    That's £125,731.20!
     
  9. Rossatron thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    Location:
    in a ziplock bag inside a car's trunk
    #9
    you can't retire with £125K. it's a large sum, but when you think about living off of it, it's not that much at all.
     
  10. LynnW macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2008
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    #10
    The British pound was worth one pound of silver sterlings, hence the term pound sterling. The sterling was an coin from Anglo-Saxon times. 240 sterlings weighed on pound. Large payments were made in pounds of sterlings.
     
  11. barkmonster macrumors 68020

    barkmonster

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2001
    Location:
    Lancashire
    #11
    I did say "might" (as in, "Haven't got a clue, but maybe") ;)
     
  12. barkmonster macrumors 68020

    barkmonster

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2001
    Location:
    Lancashire
    #12
    I was using £10 as an example but if you had £100/100Ib of gold, £1.25Million would be a reasonable amount. I'm 36 and I could happily live off that myself.
     
  13. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

    jknight8907

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Location:
    Hudson Valley NY
    #13
    If your £10 got you 10 pounds of gold, that 10 pounds would still be worth..... £10.
     
  14. jeremy h macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #14
    Good post - but weren't they actually called pennies. (240 to the pound)?
     
  15. barkmonster macrumors 68020

    barkmonster

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2001
    Location:
    Lancashire
    #15
    oh dear, the simple point of humour is lost on some people isn't it.
     
  16. senseless macrumors 68000

    senseless

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2008
    Location:
    Pennsylvania, USA
    #16
    Now solve the riddle of the 3 men at the hotel and the missing dollar!
     
  17. chown33 macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    #17
  18. senseless macrumors 68000

    senseless

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2008
    Location:
    Pennsylvania, USA
  19. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

    ohbrilliance

    Joined:
    May 15, 2007
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    #19
    Interesting topic, but I'm curious why you didn't just search wikipedia? :p
     
  20. rhett7660 macrumors G4

    rhett7660

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008
    Location:
    Sunny, Southern California
    #20
    I thought it was funny, but this post actually made me laugh more!
     
  21. chown33 macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    #21
    You could have waited to click the link. It would have quietly sat there for as long as you wanted, like a contented cat. Well, a cat that can also explain mathematical puzzles. All it would need to be perfect is a red bowtie and a tall hat with red and white stripes.
     

Share This Page