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Aug. 12th, 2005

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I paid $42.00 this morning for a tank of petrol (<US-English>gas</US-English>). I don't know how prices have been trending back in Europe, but it feels close to what a tank of petrol used to cost in Ireland. Of course, I'm sure prices have risen in Europe also, and I suspect I never put 16.038 gallons of petrol in the tank of a car in a petrol station in Ireland. My car (here; California) does have a fairly large tank.

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From:targaff
Date:August 13th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
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At 89p, the same amount of petrol would cost $97.92.
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From:mavjop
Date:August 13th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
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So, using the useful information imparted by Frysco (thanks, Frysco :) ... my tank of gas would've cost ~ STG 54.03 ($98.05) or EUR 69.82 ($86.87).

I guess it sounds like Targaff already factored in the US gallon difference. Sneaky fellow!

Anyhow, this means petrol is now about 1/2 as expensive in California as in Ireland/UK. This is a bit of a change from when it was 1/4 as expensive. I think the gap may be slowly being erroded.
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From:targaff
Date:August 13th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
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I have 'leet measure conversion skills.

Or it may be I used a conversion engine to convert US gallons to litres...
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From:frysco
Date:August 13th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
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I suspect I never put 16.038 gallons of petrol in the tank of a car in a petrol station in Ireland.

Bear in mind that US gallons are smaller than Imperial gallons. 16.038 US gallons is 13.354 Imperial gallons.

Incidentally, gas up here on top of the 49th is quite a bit more expensive than down in the US, too. (US)$3.43/gallon right now. So, that works out at around $55 for the amount you filled up with.
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From:mavjop
Date:August 13th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
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I wish I could figure out how to get "units" (the free software program) to do US gallon/Imperial gallon conversions. I can't seem to find the right terminology for it, which is unusual because normally "units" is clever about accepting almost any way you might specify units.

$3.43 is worse alright, but perhaps less ... uh... worse than you might imagine. I paid $2.619 (huh, I thought it was $2.679, but python says otherwise when I divide 42.00 by 16.038) at Costco. Most other cheap places are 10/15 cents per gallon more, and there's plenty of places up around or above the $3.00 mark for regular unleaded. I'm sure one could find a gas station in the Bay Area (perhaps in SF) selling regular unleaded for $3.43-ish. :)

This reminds me, Europeans might be shocked if I said "87 octane, regular unleaded", but of course in the US they use a different measurement of octane too! ... so 87 octane in the US is probably the same quality as regular unleaded (95 octane, IIRC) in Europe. Octane is one of those things where there's a myriad different ways to calculate it, and they just happen to use different ones on alternate sides of the pond. US gallons, there's no excuse for. Bah! Humbug!

Ok, ok, ok, I guess they do make life easier for people in America, since 1 gallon is 4 quarts, and 1 quart is 2 pints (hm, are US pints different from IE/UK pints? I don't think so, but I wouldn't put it past them ;P) and so on and so forth.
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From:frysco
Date:August 13th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
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I wish I could figure out how to get "units" (the free software program) to do US gallon/Imperial gallon conversions. I can't seem to find the right terminology for it, which is unusual because normally "units" is clever about accepting almost any way you might specify units.

Quoting the manual page: To find out what units are available read the standard units file.

For imperial gallons, use 'brgallons'. Imperial pints are 'brpints',
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From:mavjop
Date:August 13th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
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I guess I should've RTFM'd.

How bizarre. It says a US gallon is 0.83267418 Imperial gallons (which we expected), but also that a US pint is 0.83267418 Imperial pints! I take back that stuff about US gallons making things easier for people in America. If the ratio of pint:gallon is the same in the US system as in the Imperial system, I don't see any advantage whatsoever to the US having made up its own different-but-named-the-same units. Bah!
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