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Seeking help to remember a rhyme to determine liquid weight or volume
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: August 14, 2020 02:42PM
Hmm, decades ago, I remember (although, obviously not that well) hearing a rhyme about how to calculate the weight or volume of a liquid. With a lot of gaps, my memory is coming up with something like...

“Pretty maid, pretty where have you been?”

“I've gone a’milking, sir,” she said.

“Pretty maid, pretty maid, how much have you there?”

“To find cubic inches, divide by 433.” (just made up that number)

Anyone else remember using something like this when converting from volume to weight (or something)?

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Re: Seeking help to remember a rhyme to determine liquid weight or volume
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: August 14, 2020 03:21PM
Louis A. Graham's "Ingenious Mathematical Problems and Methods" :

"Where are you going to, my pretty maid?
I'm going to a-milking, sir, she said.
How many gallons to drink when you're done?
Divide cubic inches by 231."

That's the only thing I could find that's close to what you are asking.
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Re: Seeking help to remember a rhyme to determine liquid weight or volume
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: August 14, 2020 04:08PM
Thanks, MindMeld,

After four+ decades, I’ll take it. I’m sure that’s what I was trying to remember. (To be honest, I don’t recall ever learning it by heart in the first place. It was immediately tucked away in the memory palace as an intriguing, witty rhyme.

Thanks again, Todd’s finally, ready-to-move-on board
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Re: Seeking help to remember a rhyme to determine liquid weight or volume
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 14, 2020 08:12PM
And how the hell do you know how many cubic inches the milk pail has???? dunno smiley
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Re: Seeking help to remember a rhyme to determine liquid weight or volume
Posted by: Ca Bob
Date: August 14, 2020 09:33PM
I guess this is why we use metric in the lab. It's easy to measure a liter using a flask or whatever. And a liter is pretty close to a quart if you actually care. If you want to know the volume of the pail, pour from a quart bottle or a liter cylinder and count how many.

By the way, why do you want to convert gallons to cubic inches or vice versa? Is there some importance to a cubic inch of milk?

It's easy to convert liters to milliliters (ml) since there are a thousand ml in each liter (that's why it's called a milli - liter).

Not trying to be snarky here -- just wondering what the object of the exercise is.
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Re: Seeking help to remember a rhyme to determine liquid weight or volume
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 15, 2020 03:38AM
I want to know how Todd's keyboard is able to have a different, clever sign-off every freakin' time!

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