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WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

On being outnumbered: The human body contains 10 times as many microbial cells (bacteria, etc.) as human cells.

The Weights and Measures Act of 1824 in England declared that the British Imperial Gallon was equal to '10 imperial pounds weight of distilled water weighed in air against brass weights with the water and the air at a temperature of 62 degrees of Fahrenheit's thermometer and with the barometer at 30 inches.'

In about 1305, Edward I of England decreed that one inch should be the measure of three barleycorns, and English shoe sizing began; thus a child's shoe that measured 13 barleycorns became a size 13.
 

CAN SIZES (approximate equivalents)

    6 wt oz can = 3/4 cup - used mostly for fruit & vegetable juices and frozen juice concentrates
    8 wt oz can 7¾ fl oz  fruits & vegetables

    #1 = 10½ wt oz  condensed soups, fruits, vegetables, meats
    #1 = 9½ fl oz
    #1 = 1¼ cups

    #300 = 15½ wt oz  pork & bens, chili, macaroni, cranberry sauce
    #300 = 13½ fl oz
    #300 = 1¾ cups

    #303 = 1 lb (16 wt oz)  most vegetables & fruits use this size.
    #303 = 15 fl oz
    #303 = 2 cups

    #2 = 1 lb 4 oz vegetables, fruits, tomatoes
    #2 = 18 fl oz
    #2 = 2½ cups

    #2½ = 1 lb 13 oz  tomatoes, fruits, pumpkin, sauerkraut
    #2½ = 26 fl oz
    #2½ = 3½ cups

    #3 = 46 fl oz  vegetable and fruit juices; whole chicken
    #3 = 5¾ cups

    #10 = 6 lbs 9 oz Institutional pack, fruits, vegetables.
    #10 = 96 fl oz
    #10 = 12 cups = 3 qts

SCOOP SIZES

    # 8 scoop  4 to 5 oz.
    #10 scoop  3 to 4 oz.
    #12 scoop  2½ to 3 oz.
    #16 scoop  2 to 2½ oz.
    #20 scoop  1½ to 2 oz.


 

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