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Silas Sticklebrick
105162.  Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:57 am Reply with quote

In a show this series, Stephen said that denier was a measure of sheerness of a fabric.

More precisely, it is a measurement of the weight of a yarn in grams per 9000 metres.
It has now been almost entirely replaced by the metric decitex which takes the same measurement per 10000 metres.

Silas

 
smiley_face
105217.  Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:47 pm Reply with quote

How ridiculously thin would the thread have to be to weigh 5 grams over 10 kilometers?!

I'm sure even the thinnest tights weigh more than 5 grams - I wonder if there's 10km of thread in each pair.

 
Silas Sticklebrick
105359.  Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:35 pm Reply with quote

smiley_face wrote:
How ridiculously thin would the thread have to be to weigh 5 grams over 10 kilometers?!

I'm sure even the thinnest tights weigh more than 5 grams - I wonder if there's 10km of thread in each pair.


Very thin.

Silas

 
smiley_face
105373.  Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:49 pm Reply with quote

Thank you, Silas. You remain one of the few people I know who responds to rhetorical questions, and I commend you on that. Bravo!

 
Silas Sticklebrick
105425.  Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:58 pm Reply with quote

smiley_face wrote:
Thank you, Silas. You remain one of the few people I know who responds to rhetorical questions, and I commend you on that. Bravo!


I assumed you were not an expert, a cross-dresser or a bank-robber. Since you questioned my reasoning then the question was not obviously rhetorical.

Silas

 
jimmyc99
105516.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:17 am Reply with quote

what is the point of rhetorical questions?

 
suze
105522.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:32 am Reply with quote

Silas Sticklebrick wrote:
I assumed you were not an expert, a cross-dresser or a bank-robber. Since you questioned my reasoning then the question was not obviously rhetorical.


You also assumed that our smiley_face was a chap, it would seem - which is not the case, so I dare say she is tolerably familiar with pantyhose.

Can anyone explain why they came up with such an arbitrary thing as measuring this in grams per 9000 metres?

 
Tas
105528.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:39 am Reply with quote

Quote:
what is the point of rhetorical questions?


Why ask them?

:-)

Tas

 
costean
105537.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:09 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:

Can anyone explain why they came up with such an arbitrary thing as measuring this in grams per 9000 metres?


It is the modern (metric) system for measuring the weight of filament yarn. It comes from an earlier system for measuring silk filaments which was based on the weight in drams per 1,000 yards. One dram is the old imperial measure and 9,000 metres is approx 10,000 yards.

An apothecaries' dram is equal to 60 grains (3.8889 grams, 1/8 ounce - troy)
An avoirdupois dram is equal to 27.334 grains (1.772 grams, 1/16 ounce - standard)

As the apothecaries' dram was used for pharmaceutical items only I would say that the silk filament dram was based on the avoirdupois system.

Dram is ultimately derived from the Greek 'drachma'. (qi-ly)

 
Jenny
105765.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:58 pm Reply with quote

So you could ask a question about the links between Greek currency and a pair of tights? How interesting :-)

 
Silas Sticklebrick
105940.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:58 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
You also assumed that our smiley_face was a chap, it would seem - which is not the case, so I dare say she is tolerably familiar with pantyhose.


I won't believe it until I see her picture (wearing pantyhose of course).

Silas

 
smiley_face
105946.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:09 pm Reply with quote

*security, security* lol

 
cabs
105948.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:12 pm Reply with quote

Silas Sticklebrick wrote:
suze wrote:
You also assumed that our smiley_face was a chap, it would seem - which is not the case, so I dare say she is tolerably familiar with pantyhose.


I won't believe it until I see her picture (wearing pantyhose of course).

Silas


Excuse me sir. You're coming with us. And please don't make a fuss.

<booted out and thrown down nearby stairs>

 
smiley_face
105958.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:25 pm Reply with quote

Why thank you cabs!

 
cabs
106012.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:04 pm Reply with quote

smiley_face wrote:
Why thank you cabs!


Don't mention it ma'am. All part of the service.

<wheels charger around and gallops off into distance>

 

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