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    最具英国特色的那些事

    广东11选5任三计划 www.sxva.net What is the most British thing ever?

    什么是最具英国特色的事?

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    Ahmet Haciyakup, History buff

    1.These:

    看看这些

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    They don't look much like castle remains, right? Not water towers, nor prisons…

    These are called “folly towers” and there are hundreds of them scattered around British Isles. They serve absolutely no purpose. Maybe ornamentation. Then why built in the middle of nowhere… Probably just in the pursuit of utter pointlessness.

    他们看起来不像城堡,对吧?不是水塔,也不是监狱……

    这些被称为“愚蠢塔”,有成百上千座,散落在不列颠群岛。他们完全没有任何用处。也许只是为了装饰。但又为何建在偏僻的地方……可能只是在完全无意义的追求吧。

    译文来源:三泰虎     //www.sxva.net/46500.html      译者:Joyceliu

    1. Another very British thing, with some help from Robert Craig.

    That awesome idiosyncratic currency that was used prior to 15 February 1971:

    2。另一件非常英国的事情,是在罗伯特·克雷格的帮助下

    1971年2月15日之前我们使用的奇葩货币:

    • Four farthings = one penny
    • 4个1/4便士=一便士
    • Twelve pence = one shilling
    • 12便士=一先令
    • Two shillings = one florin
    • 12先令=一盾
    • Five shillings = one crown
    • 5先令=一克朗
    • Twenty shillings = one pound
    • 12先令=1镑
    1. Measuring the world in a British sense (credits to David Minott, Donald Halls and Tony Vincent). You fellow SI units folks don’t understand those inches, miles, acres, gallons, pounds and other ungodly imperial units, right? Have a look at these:

    3.英国的测量方式(都拜David Minott,Donald Halls 和 Tony Vincent所赐)。你们采用国际标准单位的人不懂我们这些英寸,英里,英亩,加仑,英镑和其他邪恶的帝国制单位,对吧?来看看这些:

    • The volume unit the firkin is one quarter of a beer barrel. And one firkin is 72 pints. Now, if it’s wine that you are holding, stop before boasting to your friends with that new knowledge, because the wine firkin is a different unit. And some other volume units are the tun, the butt, the kildirkin and the bloody hogshead!
    • 小桶:就是一个啤酒桶的1/4。一桶就是72品脱。再来,如果你手里拿的红酒,千万不要跟朋友吹嘘你get到的新知识,因为红酒桶又是一个不同的单位?;褂幸恍┢渌寤ノ蝗绱笸?,布特,豪格海大桶??!
    • Length. You might guess that it should be easier to measure than volume. But we are talking about British, don’t fool yourselves… A unit they have seen suitable for this is furlong, which was defined as the distance a team of oxen could plough without resting. Yeah, great. Later it was standardised as 220 yards. And it is still used in, you guessed it: horse-racing;)
    • 长度单位。你也许会猜,这大概会比体积单位容易点吧。但是我们谈论的是英国,别阿Q了。比如有个单位叫弗隆,是用来形容一群牛不休息时能犁的地的长度。哇,好棒有没有。对了,它折算的标准长度是220码。现在仍在使用,你猜猜,对,赛马的时候。
    • Ask a British person about his/her weight and you will hear something like “13 stone”. Wait, what’s wrong with pounds? Because it would not sharpen your maths. Designating 14 pounds as 1 stone would do it. Heaven help foreign doctors in the UK…
    • 若你问英国人他/她的体重,你会听到比如13石这样的答案。等等,用磅有什么问题么?因为这样算锻炼不到你的数学能力。于是我们规定了14磅等于1石。老天啊,帮帮英国的留学博士吧。

    oAlso, there’s the ounce. And when you think you learned enough weight units, comes a hundredweight. Finally, something in decimal fashion! Over my dead body, you bloody continental. One hundred weight is 112 pounds. On this island, we multiply by anything but 10.

    另外,还有盎司。当你觉得你已经了解了足够多的重量单位的时候,又来一个英担。终于,有了个十进制的!是不是已经绝望了。在这片神奇的土地上,我们单位之间的换算系统除了10,啥样的都有。

    • On with the human body: shoe size. I’m sure everyone has seen things like “size 9″ on shoe tags next to your 44. These are UK and US shoe sizes which rely on a unit called the barleycorn, which is 1/3 of an inch (one inch was originally defined as “3 dry barley corns”) The largest shoe size is taken as twelve inches (a size 12) i.e. 30.5 cm, and smaller sizes are derived by counting backwards in barleycorn units, so a size 11 is 11.67 inches or 29.6 cm.
    • 现在来看看我们身上的单位:鞋码。我知道大家都在鞋子标签上的44码旁看见过9号的字样。这就是英国和美国鞋码的折算单位,也就是所谓的大麦粒,即1/3英寸(1英寸最早的定义就是3颗干燥大麦粒的长度)。最大的鞋码是12英寸(12号),30.5厘米长,而较小的号码则按大麦粒标准往前推算,所以11号就是11.67英寸或29.6厘米长。
    • Here’s a chart from Wikipedia for decrypting length units:
    • 这是维基百科对长度单位的解密:

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    Cheers

    谢谢大家

     

    Rich Manning, Technical Support (1989-present)

    Without a doubt, the Tory politician Jacob Rees-Mogg.

    毫无疑问,保守党政治家Jacob Rees-Mogg。

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    Unofficial Title: Ambassador to the 17th century.

    Often used in games of Monopoly if the top hat is missing.

    Named his sixth child “Sixtus”.

    (Full name: Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher Rees-Mogg.)

    His other childrens’ names are:

    非官方的标题:17世纪的大使。

    如果没有大礼帽,就是大富翁游戏中经常用到的。

    他给第六个孩子取名“西克斯”。

    (全名:西克斯多米尼克博尼费斯克里斯托弗里莫格。)

    他的其他孩子的名字分别是:

    • Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius
    • Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan
    • Peter Theodore Alphege
    • Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam
    • Mary Anne Charlotte Emma

    He’s been a shareholder of The General Electric Company since the age of ten.

    Claims to have read the Financial Times at the age of two.

    When he was 12, he was interviewed by the BBC and said he liked to invest his money in antique silver.

    He then invoiced the BBC £18 for the interview. When they didn’t reply, he sent increasingly angry letters demanding payment.

    他10岁起就是通用电气公司的股东。

    声称两岁就开始阅读英国《金融时报》。

    12岁的时候,他接受了英国广播公司(BBC),说他喜欢他投资古董银器。

    然后他向BBC收费18英镑。BBC没有回应,他就不断升级怒火,发信要求BBC付款。

     

    Luke Law, Professional at Great Britain (2002-present)

    Whilst I can't put my finger on it, I can give an example of it taking place.

    I was on the 93 bus to Putney station, and got on at a popular stop. It was one in the afternoon, so not rush hour but the bus was full and I sat next to a woman near the back.

    Usually people alight at or the stop before Putney station, but for some reason the lady and I were the only two on the bus for the two stops after Putney Hill, a bus terminal.

    And this is where the conundrum struck. We were the only two people sitting on the bus, yet we were sitting right next to each other. Neither of us could stay, as the situation was incredibly awkward, and God forbid us moving, as that would seem terribly rude, and would be made worse if we had to explain that it wasn't personal, so we suffered through two stops of embarrassment till I got off at the station.

    虽然我说不清道不明,但我可以给大家举一个例子。

    我乘坐93路巴士去帕特尼站,在一个人很多的车站上了车。那时是下午,所以不是高峰期,但公共汽车里也挤满了人,我挨着一名女士坐在靠后排的位置。

    通常人们会在帕特尼火车站或前面一站下车,但这名女士和我是车上仅有的要在帕特尼山站后两站的总站下车的人。

    好了,问题来了。车上就剩我们两个人,我们彼此挨坐着。我们俩都觉得如坐针毡,局面很尴尬,可上帝不许我们换位置,因为那样看起来显得非常没礼貌,如果我们必须解释这不是针对彼此,会更糟糕,所以我们两个在这两站路途中煎熬着,直到我终于在车站下了车。

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