OT: stone v. pound?

  1. Good morning, board!

    Sorry for the off topic question, but this has really been bugging me. I was watching BBC America this weekend, and heard people talking about how many "stone" they weighed. How many pounds - more or less - is a stone?

    Thanks for humoring my silly question this morning. Hope you all have a fantastic day!

    Amber
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   Kaylesh
    No such thing as a silly question..
    14 pounds to one stone. :-)
    Kay
    In Bonny Scotland
  4. by   mageean
    As above. I still cant get used to metric measurements. Am I too old???
  5. by   KRVRN
    A stone isn't metric. Is it?
  6. by   Liann
    I had a visiting member from the UK at one of my Weight Watchers meetings once. She said she had lost almost 3 stone, which was not too impressive to us until we learned how many pounds that was!!!
  7. by   emily_mom
    Ooh, I'm gonna tell everyone how much I weigh in stone.... I like that measurement better!
  8. by   KRVRN
    Originally posted by emily_mom
    Ooh, I'm gonna tell everyone how much I weigh in stone.... I like that measurement better!

    Yes! And most people won't know the conversion! Cool!
  9. by   nurseman
    Originally posted by KRVRN
    A stone isn't metric. Is it?



    27.34375 troy grains = 1 drachm
    16 drachms = 1 ounce (437.5 troy grains)
    16 ounces = 1 pound (7000 troy grains)
    14 pounds = 1 stone
    2 stones = 1 quarter (28 lbs)
    4 quarters = 1 hundredweight (cwt) (112 lbs)
    20 hundredweights = 1 ton (2240 lbs)

    No it is not metric.
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by emily_mom
    Ooh, I'm gonna tell everyone how much I weigh in stone.... I like that measurement better!
    Even better than kilograms!
  11. by   Edward,IL
    Another example of "our single culture separated by a common language":

    What is a "fortnight"? A measurement of time, 14 days.

    I just wanted to share that. Edward, IL
  12. by   renerian
    My friend from Australia talks about stones as well.

    renerian
  13. by   kittyw
    Cool - so I can list my weight in stones, but my weight loss in pounds and it will sound impressive!!
  14. by   P_RN
    A tour guide told us this about UKs Queen Anne.
    When she died she'd lost 17 children, she was 4ft 8 in, weighed 22 stone, and her coffin was shaped like a cube. I think the statue was in front of St. Paul's.

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