A reader of Metric Views points out that confusion on the reporting of this disaster is not limited to the UK.
“Fully metricated Australia seems to lose its metric bearing completely when it comes to news about the tragic oil spill in America. All media outlets except newspapers, who at least convert outdated medieval measurements, use a mixture of both. From 2000 up to 5000 feet, down to barrels and gallons, with litres thrown in, are often used without conversions. The irony is that only older people know what a gallon is and probably nobody knows how many litres a barrel holds? I did write to two TV stations pointing out that needless retro step, but have as yet received only an acknowledgement. It sure would help if a few more Australians take the time to object to this irritating anomaly.”
Are more of our readers being confused by reports which use a mix of US customary, Imperial and metric measures?
(Note: one barrel of oil is about 159 litres or 42 US gallons or 35 Imperial gallons)