# The American Mile Verses The GB Mile

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 102347.  Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:07 am Can someone help me with a bet I have with my brother reference the difference, if any, of the GB mile and the US mile. I remember hearing, reading or whatever, that the US mile is slightly shorter than the GB mile due to the difference in either yards to make up a mile or that the US yard is shorter. I think I got the idea many years ago when one of my biking buddies pointed out that Harley Davidson taco's, if original (US spec), register more actual miles when compared to a GB taco.

 102356.  Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:28 am According to: http://www.ex.ac.uk/cimt/dictunit/dictunit.htm The two distances are the same (ie 1760 yards) QI-ly, the furlong is: British measure of distance, apparently used for measuring fields and related to the distance a horse could plough at once: 660 feet. There are 8 furlongs in a British mile. s:http://www.encyclopedian.com/fu/Furlong.html :-) Tas

 102359.  Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:30 am There are two types of statute miles in use. The international mile: 1,760 international yards; 1,609.344 metres (1.609344 km) The U.S. survey mile: equal to 5,280 U.S. survey feet, or approximately 1,609.347 metres. The survey mile is used by the United States Public Land Survey System. One international mile is equal to 0.999 998 survey miles.

 102364.  Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:35 am the Cornish mile from where i live to newquay 50 miles, takes flippin hours.

 102366.  Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:39 am You may be getting confused Crunchy by the fact that American miles per gallon are different to British ones, but this is because the American gallon is different to the Imperial one, rather than the miles being different.

102387.  Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:21 am

Well it seems I am not the only one who thinks the US mile is less than the UK or imperial mile

 Quote: "Well you see offficer this is a British car and the speedometer is in Imperial miles, so if I was doing a bit more than 60 US miles per hour this would have been 50 Imperial miles per hour." I pulled my Smythsons diary out and had a quick look for 'Weights and Measures'. "Look officer, here you are, it states that the US gallon is 4/5ths of the Imperial gallon and it's the same for the mile!"

This was taken from a forum at http://www.parkers.co.uk/advice/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23652

 102390.  Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:30 am I saw on a "Programmes for Schools" programme yesterday that the Roman mile was shorter than the modern mile. Maybe that's it? Wiki has some lovely stuff to say about the mile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile Lisa

122409.  Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:45 pm

 Lumpo31 wrote: I saw on a "Programmes for Schools" programme yesterday that the Roman mile was shorter than the modern mile. Maybe that's it? Wiki has some lovely stuff to say about the mile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile Lisa

The unit of a foot comes to us from Roman times, the Roman foot was 11.65 inches in length. A Roman mile is the equivalent of 4,850 feet, 1,615 yards, or 1,479 meters in modern dimensions

 122504.  Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:35 am Don't forget that US pints are smaller than UK pints when ordering beer: "Oi, I asked for a pint of Guinness..." (can't think of any well known brands of proper beer you can get in the US)

 122511.  Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:12 am Pints can get rather confusing. An American pint is 16 American ounces (473 ml), while a British pint is 20 British ounces (568 ml). The more mathematically minded will therefore note that an American ounce is actually larger than the British kind. Canadian pints are stranger still. Canada is metric, so there is no legal definition of an ounce or a pint. In an Irish-Canadian bar you might be lucky and get served a British pint, while in some other places you will get fobbed off with an American pint. The most common definition in Canadian bars is probably that a pint of beer is half a liter, but then again some trendy bars selling bottled European beer will try and tell you about Belgian pints (quarter of a liter). It seems that Australians don't really know what a pint is either. According to Wiki, a pint of beer in Australia is 570 ml, but a pint of milk is 600 ml.

122515.  Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:20 am

 Quote: It seems that Australians don't really know what a pint is either. According to Wiki, a pint of beer in Australia is 570 ml, but a pint of milk is 600 ml.

That's great then. They don't really know what beer is, either!

:-)

Tas

 122535.  Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:09 am Re. Australian beer measures. Thought this might be of interest: http://www.australianbeers.com/pubs/ordering/ordering.htm

122538.  Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:29 am

 Quote: The international mile: 1,760 international yards; 1,609.344 metres (1.609344 km) The U.S. survey mile: equal to 5,280 U.S. survey feet, or approximately 1,609.347 metres. The survey mile is used by the United States Public Land Survey System.

How does the 3mm difference get explained? 1760 I-Yards are 5280 feet. Does 5280 feet not make the same distance at 5280 US Survey feet?

:-)

Tas

122575.  Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:26 am

 Crunchy wrote: I think I got the idea many years ago when one of my biking buddies pointed out that Harley Davidson taco's, if original (US spec), register more actual miles when compared to a GB taco.

In Alan Davies Hispanic accent
Surely you mean tacho????

122794.  Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:13 am

Tas wrote:
 Quote: It seems that Australians don't really know what a pint is either. According to Wiki, a pint of beer in Australia is 570 ml, but a pint of milk is 600 ml.

That's great then. They don't really know what beer is, either!

:-)

Tas

They know what red wine is though. Mmmmm.

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