Tuesday 5 May 2009

Mission to Mars

There's a lovely story that does the rounds about the NASA satelite that was sent to Mars. Some of the work for this humanity-changing flight was done in the US, and some was done in Europe. The satelite crashed onto the red planet's surface, undoing several year's work, and wasting many millions of precious dollars. According to legend, the problem was that the Europeans worked in metric numbers and the Americans used good old imperial units, and no one spotted it. How stupid is that?

Of course, that is of no relevance whatsoever to my own endeavours to measure the kitchen over the Bank Holiday. I measured every wall bar one European style, and the last (the chimney breast) in good old inches. I have no idea why, and it was only spotted that 2+2 does not equal 5 when we got to the kitchen shop and the nice man who was designing our new kitchen couldn't get the walls to meet in the corner. We made some rash assumptions, and two and a half hours later we had a nice picture to take away with us. Fortunately, our assumptions were okish, so we have not crashed and burned, nor have we spent hard-earned money unwisely. Yet.


  1. Thank goodness you spotted the mistake otherwise you would have had to fill the gaps with some very wide freezers and washing machines!

  2. I'm impressed by your traditional Bank Holiday activities. We need pictures of this magnificent new kitchen.


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