Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
32 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Tueiday, November 7, 1971 The metric system Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of Ihc Merit Stu- dents Encyclopedia lo KOJI- clli J. JIiTnmo, age 13, of Ulica, New York, for liis (juestion: Will vdii please rxplnin tlic nir-lrk1 system'.' Legislalors Imve been prom- ising lo switch us lo the metric syslem for a long lime. Every and then, someone takes a step to bring that sensible day closer. We arc happy to report that Andy's sensible pen- pals arc determined to be ready for it. The topic is near Ihe top on our poll of popular questions. The best way to mas- ter something like the metric system is to keep tackling it from all angles so here we go again. Actually, Ihe metric syslem is a lot easier to master than the clumsy old measuring sys- tems we use even' day. In fact, this is why it was invented and ;o far nobody has found anytliing simpler to replace it. It is based on the decimal sys- tem of len which. let's face it, is as easy as counting ten fing- ers or, if you prefer, ten toes. Xaturally every measuring system must start with a basic unit. The metric system hap- pens to be based on the French meter, because the whole idea was invented in France. This unit of long measure equals about 39 37 of our ancient inch- es, which makes it somewhat longer than ere of our ancient The meter is superior be- cause (lie streamlined deci- mal system is sued to olvide it into smaller sections. Goodbye to 12 inches in a fool, (Iiree feet in a yard and all those headaches. In the meter there are len decimeters and in each decimeler there are ten centi- meters and each centimeter has ten millimeters. This neat arrangement gives each meter ]00 centimeters or millimeters. And what could be neater than 1.000 meters per kilometer, which equals a lit- tle more than half of one of our weary old miles The rest follows just as smoothly, because the basic meter is used to build the mea- surements for volume and weighl. The cubic meter, nat- urally, is a box shape measur- ing one meter on each side. It holds cubic decimeters or cubic cenlimel- ers. The liter, used for measur- ing units of capacity, is figur- ed from the amount of material contained in a cubic decimeter. It is somewhat less than one of our old style quarts. The gram is taken from the amount of specially prepared pure water in one cubic cenli- meter. This is Ihe basis for weight measurement. Two ns- pirins weigh about one gram and an ounce equals about 28 grams. Ten grams make a dec- agram and ten decagrams make a hectogram. Ten hecto- grams make a kilogram, which replaces about two and a quar- ler pounds. There are a few othei m'ceities in the metric system but this explanation gives you Ihc basic idea. In measuring drugs, we already use milli grams and grams, which have milligrams. Scientist al ready use Ihe basic metric sys tern, with extras of their own The micron, used lo measure skinny items such as wave- lengths, is part of a mil limeter. The millimicron is a million times skinnier lhan the micron. The whole system is put together or separated with nice neat building blocks of len. Andy sends 510. to Eliza- beth Eoone, age 8, of Niagara Fails, Ontario, for her ques- tion: What do bees live on? A baby bee gets a special formula called royal jelly. She is a wormy little grab called a larva and her cradle is a waxy white cell in a honey- comb. The nursemaid bees pu1 a gob of the creamy formula in her cell and it lasts for her first three days. Then they feec her en nourishing bcebread, made from pollen and honey. When she gets to be a full grown worker bee with wings, she feeds on sweet-sweet honey for the rest of her life. The queen of Hie hive is the mother bee who lays all the eggs. She is bigger than the olher bees and they feed her on special royal jelly all her life. Sometimes she eats a lit- tle honey in the winter, when the hive may run short of royal jelly. The worker bees make the different foods for the fam ily from pollen and neclar. On sunny days they visit flowers to gather grains of golden pol- len. They sip drops of sweel syrupy nectar from deep down in the flower throats. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765. Hunlinglon Beach, California 9264S. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1972) Your horoscope By JEANE DIXON GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN 1173 Bj Tte frihunt North- South vulnerablR. Norlh deals. 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