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People are dumb - Jim

May. 14th, 2008 11:56 am People are dumb

So, we got some new salads at work the other day. Some woman came in and read off its label to me "204 grams. Hm. Do you know what the conversion is grams to cups?"

Me: "Uhm. I can tell you that 204 grams is a little less than half a pound, but grams and cups aren't measuring the same thing, so you can't just--"

Her: (In a "You're a complete idiot" tone) "Oh no, there is a fixed conversion rate from grams to cups. You can find it online."

Me: "Well... for water, yes. Or any specific substance. But--"

Her: "Excuse me, I have to do some math."

She then turned her body away from me and stared intensely at the label for about 3 minutes before putting it back and buying a coffee.

GRAMS MEASURE MASS. CUPS MEASURE VOLUME. WITHOUT KNOWING THE SPECIFIC DENSITY OF THE SUBSTANCE THEN YOU CANNOT CONVERT BETWEEN THEM! THIS IS GRADE 10 SCIENCE HERE, PEOPLE!

From our friends at WikiAnswers:
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Here are A FEW COMMON FOODS and their conversion from cups to grams (notice how much the weight varies!):

Granulated sugar: 1 cup = 200 grams
Brown sugar: 1 cup, packed = 220 grams
Sifted white flour: 1 cup = 125 grams
White rice, uncooked: 1 cup = 185 grams
White rice, cooked: 1 cup = 175 grams
Butter: 1 cup = 227 grams
Almonds, slivered: 1 cup = 108 grams
Oil: 1 cup = 224 grams
Maple syrup: 1 cup = 322 grams
Milk, non-fat: 1 cup = 245 grams
Milk, sweetened condensed: 306 grams
Broccoli, flowerets: 1 cup = 71 grams
Raisins: 1 cup, packed = 165 grams
Milk, dry: 1 cup = 68 grams
Yogurt: 1 cup = 245 grams
Water: 1 cup = 236 grams
Confectioners sugar: 1 C = 110 g
Cocoa: 1 C = 125 g
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Notice there is no entry for salad, because different salads have different ratios of things, and therefore different densities! Yargh!!

Sorry, I've been bottling that inside for about 22 hours now, and I was bound to blow. You may now carry on with your lives.

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From:ungulatedefund
Date:May 14th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Hah hah! You have my absolute 100% sympathy. It's too bad that you can't post something like that at your work. Some of those weightwatching people are really sketchy and a little too concerned (over a salad)?

I wish you better days.

From:jiminwindsor
Date:May 15th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
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To be fair... it was a pasta salad. (dun dun duuuuuuuuuun)
From:ungulatedefund
Date:May 16th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
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ah, gotcha!