A Measure of Relief

If I could buy a dollop of Devon clotted cream from a dairy with the scruples not to pasteurize even a dram of its freshest milk, would I buy an ounce, a few grams, a liter?

It’s an issue. Brits are going to jail over the matter. They’ve been worried about EU requirements to convert to the metric system by 2010.

I’d walk a mile for a scone and Devon cream [wiki]. Or 1760 yards. You know, 5280 feet. In Britain I could walk 8 furlong, 80 chain, 320 rod, 8000 link, or of all things, more than 15000 hand.

Thankfully, the EU has issued a reprieve for the beleaguered of Britain. After all, it wouldn’t seem the same to walk a kilometer for a scone and Devon cream.

In 1950 Alaska, a battle brewed over Imperial quarts and American quarts that favored mothers and children and drove grocers and governments nuts.

JUNEAU, Alaska, March 6—(BUP) – A first-class milk war between Juneau grocery and local farmers neared a head today with British Columbia milk the cause.

The trouble started when milk from British Columbia’s Fraser Valley was shipped to a Juneau grocery, selling at 30 cents an Imperial quart.

The long-established milk price was 28 cents per quart, American size, or four ounces smaller than the Imperial measure.

The 20th Century Grocery immediately sold out 130 cases of Canadian milk. The Juneau Dairy Association then told the store it could no longer get local milk. The grocery then dropped its Imperial quart price to 25 cents while the supply lasted. In retaliation, a second grocery dropped its price to 25 cents a quart, but thrifty housewives continued to buy the Canadian product, getting the extra four ounces.