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    News to me today. Go to Google and type in '55 feet in meters' and out pops '55 feet = 16.76400 meters'. (Works with other numbers and measurements too! :lol: ) Probably doesn't perfectly handle the distinction between horizontal and vertical jump conversions, but still, damn handy.

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    Ur going the wrong way bubba. Wow, I just converted to metrics.....not!

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    • #3
      It does all sorts of conversion - currency, weights, etc. Also does math problems.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jack Slocombe
        Ur going the wrong way bubba. Wow, I just converted to metrics.....not!
        True. The 55 feet metric conversion example is stuck in my head because a week or two ago a couple of real-measurement-challenged friends of mine were at a track meet near LA when the announcer mentioned a 55 foot triple jump. These folks had no idea how far 55 feet was, so for some strange reason they sent me a text message asking for the conversion to metric.

        Well, actually what they asked was 'How far is 55 feet?'. I pondered this rather cryptic question for a moment and replied 'Uh, 55 ft??' The she of the they replied 'F*ck you, a**hole', because being a fem-type she apparently was upset that I could not read her mind, from 500 miles away. The following exchange of messages got uglier and uglier, during which they never did articulate their original question nor get the actual answer they were looking for.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bad hammy
          Well, actually what they asked was 'How far is 55 feet?'. I pondered this rather cryptic question for a moment and replied 'Uh, 55 ft??' The she of the they replied 'F*ck you, a**hole', because being a fem-type she apparently was upset that I could not read her mind, from 500 miles away. The following exchange of messages got uglier and uglier, during which they never did articulate their original question nor get the actual answer they were looking for.
          Women! Ya can't live with 'em . . . and ya can't legally eviscerate 'em! :twisted:

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            Even easier, bookmark this page: http://www.usatf.org/statistics/calculators/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bad hammy
              a week or two ago a couple of real-measurement-challenged friends of mine were at a track meet near LA when the announcer mentioned a 55 foot triple jump. These folks had no idea how far 55 feet was
              I'm guessing they were Brits? I too would have had no clue what 55 ft meant. From my perspective their question makes perfect sense.

              What I hate the most is that at the pit they are measuring in metric but they keep that a secret and instead do a conversion and only announce that one. Why the secrecy?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by polevaultpower
                Even easier, bookmark this page: http://www.usatf.org/statistics/calculators/
                Actually, not. Google is the default search engine on all of my browsers on all of my workstations and phone, so is always at my fingertips, and it is far more comprehensive than the USATF site. (Although I do have that bookmarked too.)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Daisy
                  What I hate the most is that at the pit they are measuring in metric but they keep that a secret and instead do a conversion and only
                  announce that one. Why the secrecy?
                  For the most part they keep field event marks secret period.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bad hammy
                    For the most part they keep field event marks secret period.
                    Good point! But at least we know when it's a foul.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bad hammy
                      Originally posted by polevaultpower
                      Even easier, bookmark this page: http://www.usatf.org/statistics/calculators/
                      Actually, not. Google is the default search engine on all of my browsers on all of my workstations and phone, so is always at my fingertips, and it is far more comprehensive than the USATF site. (Although I do have that bookmarked too.)
                      But vertical jumps and horizontal jumps and short throws and long throws are all converted differently, so when accuracy matters, google is likely not your friend.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by polevaultpower
                        Originally posted by bad hammy
                        Originally posted by polevaultpower
                        Even easier, bookmark this page: http://www.usatf.org/statistics/calculators/
                        Actually, not. Google is the default search engine on all of my browsers on all of my workstations and phone, so is always at my fingertips, and it is far more comprehensive than the USATF site. (Although I do have that bookmarked too.)
                        But vertical jumps and horizontal jumps and short throws and long throws are all converted differently, so when accuracy matters, google is likely not your friend.
                        I'm not a T&F official, just a metric idiot who needs an occasional assist. . .

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                        • #13
                          Most modern electronic board display metric then immediately convert and display Imperial. Just don't look away for very long.
                          If performances are being displayed on a manual board it is difficult to show both metric and Imperial in the time between attempts and most US fans want to see Imperial.

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                            I can understand the manual board issues. I guess with the electronic ones that millisecond is easy to miss

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                            • #15
                              I have re-evaluated the usefulness of the Google converter. Upon using it to convert from metric to real I found the fatal flaw - it does not convert to both feet and inches. It is either xx.xxxxxx feet or xxx.xxxxxx inches, no xx feet xx inches.

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