Daily Archives: 29, August 2011
If you thought you’d never see the day when your weight was back in the single or double digits, weigh yourself the British way: in stone.
I still can’t help giggling when I hear people say they are whatever stone and however many pounds. It just seems like the right way to weigh a sack of potatoes, some oxen or well, stones, and the wrong way to weigh a person (and indeed stone was originally used for weighing agricultural products, so says Wikipedia).
Still, it is the standard in the UK and during the five-plus years that I lived there, I had to get used to doing the the maths (translation: math). Each stone is 14 pounds so you just need to divide your weight by 14 and voila, that’s your weight in stone. Better yet, use this handy-dandy converter.
Just don’t stone yourself if you don’t like the results. (Apologies, I couldn’t help myself.)