Growing up in a small rural town, you could always tell the real farm kids, because they measured distances in rods. They also gave directions as “Turn west” or, “It’s over yonder.”

A hogshead is 1/4 tun and a barrel is 1/8 tun. So a hogshead should be two barrels. As for a the quarter question, maybe twenty-five penny nails? And for a rood, depending on the era, seven to eight rods.

A typical room size is about 3.5 meters or eleven feet, five and three quarter inches.

I spelled out the Imperial measurement rather than depicting it in Arabic numbers because it makes just as much sense that way.

In Metric there is only one measure of length: the meter. In the Imperial system there are two measures of lengths: feet and inches and if you want yards, rods, miles, furlongs and leagues.

In Metric, you deal with decimals: half of 0.5 meters is 0.25 meters. In Imperial system half of 1 foot, 7 1/2 inches is what? (Try doing that math in your head). That’s why carpenters scribble on pieces of wood all the time. They are probably the only profession who can still do what was to me 4th grade mathematics and long division.

Then there are weights where we use a base 16 system and time where we use a base 60 system.

## Scorpio Premium Member 10 months ago

Who knows and who cares. I don’t work with primitive measurments.

## jagedlo 10 months ago

I wonder how many would remember what a hogshead is…

## ronaldspence 10 months ago

How many drams in a schmidgen?

## efkasper 10 months ago

The old Pee-Chee school folders had some of those conversions. I don’t remember ever being tested (or even taught) on any of those esoteric measures.

## stillfickled Premium Member 10 months ago

9 inch nails

## orinoco womble 10 months ago

Growing up in a small rural town, you could always tell the real farm kids, because they measured distances in rods. They also gave directions as “Turn west” or, “It’s over yonder.”

## knutdl 10 months ago

It’s sock it to me time.

## littlejohn Premium Member 10 months ago

A hogshead is 1/4 tun and a barrel is 1/8 tun. So a hogshead should be two barrels. As for a the quarter question, maybe twenty-five penny nails? And for a rood, depending on the era, seven to eight rods.

## GabryelFrost 10 months ago

Metric system rules !

## therese_callahan2002 10 months ago

Zero followed by F, or perhaps D Minus.

## dcdete. 10 months ago

Is it really how many whos in a what? That should be how many watts in a whom. (w)ohm.

## dcdete. 10 months ago

German beer drinking song – Roll Out the Barrel. We’ll have a barrel of fun.

English beer drinking song – Roll Out the Hogshead. We’ll have a Hogshead of fun.

Kind of makes you glad it is Oktoberfest instead of Pubfest.

## nterhune2176 10 months ago

2 barrels to 1 hogshead (US)2.25 inches to a nail (cloth measurement)4 Nails to a quarter (still cloth measurement)40 sq. rods to a rood

I’d have probably been right there with Patty, considering I had to look up all the conversions.

## RussellCastine 10 months ago

Number of barrels in a hogshead: 2, Inches in a nail: 2.5, Nails in a quarter: N/A, Square rods in a rood: 40.

## David in Webb Premium Member 10 months ago

Sometimes nails comes in pennies, as in a 8 penny nail.

## The Reader Premium Member 10 months ago

So many questions, so little time!

## Darryl Heine 10 months ago

Why ZERO time?

## Ellis97 10 months ago

Hogsheads? Man, this strip is old.

## e.groves 10 months ago

Who’s on first.

## constantine48 10 months ago

I grew up in the 70’s, and all that was before my time!

## dflak 10 months ago

A typical room size is about 3.5 meters or eleven feet, five and three quarter inches.

I spelled out the Imperial measurement rather than depicting it in Arabic numbers because it makes just as much sense that way.

In Metric there is only one measure of length: the meter. In the Imperial system there are two measures of lengths: feet and inches and if you want yards, rods, miles, furlongs and leagues.

In Metric, you deal with decimals: half of 0.5 meters is 0.25 meters. In Imperial system half of 1 foot, 7 1/2 inches is what? (Try doing that math in your head). That’s why carpenters scribble on pieces of wood all the time. They are probably the only profession who can still do what was to me 4th grade mathematics and long division.

Then there are weights where we use a base 16 system and time where we use a base 60 system.

At least the two systems agree on time.

## mindjob 10 months ago

A shave and a haircut is no longer two bits

## Count Olaf Premium Member 10 months ago

How many angels dance on the head of a pin?

## NeedaChuckle Premium Member 10 months ago

How many furlongs per fortnight. How many fatoms in a league?

## therealblazewolf (RATS UNITED tm) 10 months ago

what are they teaching them these days?

## I❤️Peanuts 10 months ago

I don’t remember Peppermint Patty talking about zeroes. I mostly remember her talking about the dreaded D-minuses.

## johndifool 10 months ago

Horton would know the answer to that last question.

## Saddenedby Premium Member 10 months ago

how many Z’s in a nap – I’m worn out thinking about it – night

## stamps 10 months ago

How many furlongs in a fortnight?

## Troglodyte 10 months ago

PP is a barrel of laughs, some days.

## PaulAbbott2 10 months ago

I went to school at about the same time as Patty (in 5th Grade in 1974) and I know we never were taught hogsheads or any of this silliness.

## Jonathan K. 10 months ago

And she thought the metric system was bad.

## Decepticomic 10 months ago

Math? No thanks.

## knight1192a 10 months ago

Inches in a nail? What type of nail? I mean different nails are different sizes.

## WCraft Premium Member 10 months ago

I’m still waiting for someone to definitively declare the length of a

cubitas in Noah’s Ark…## christelisbetty 10 months ago

Inch worm, inch worm, measuring the marigolds….

## eddi_tbh 10 months ago

There are plans afoot to stop using those measurement and replace them with more sensible ones. Like buttloads, stones and mils.