# Denier

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105359.  Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:35 pm

 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

 105373.  Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:49 pm Thank you, Silas. You remain one of the few people I know who responds to rhetorical questions, and I commend you on that. Bravo!

105425.  Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:58 pm

 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

 105516.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:17 am what is the point of rhetorical questions?

105522.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:32 am

 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?

105528.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:39 am

 Quote: what is the point of rhetorical questions?

:-)

Tas

105537.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:09 am

 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)

 105765.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:58 pm So you could ask a question about the links between Greek currency and a pair of tights? How interesting :-)

105940.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:58 pm

 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

 105946.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:09 pm *security, security* lol

105948.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:12 pm

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>

 105958.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:25 pm Why thank you cabs!

106012.  Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:04 pm

 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>

 106183.  Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:45 am Hey, bring back those coconut halves! We need them for our continuing experiments in underwear...

 106755.  Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:55 am Why are you conducting experiments wearing only your underwear? The Health and Safety people won't like it, you know.

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