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Sudden conversion

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Cheap air travel—and the Internet—make the world seem smaller by the day, but some people still insist on using strange measurements, funny money and unintelligible ingredients. How many millilitres are there in a shtoff, for example? What do you do when a recipe calls for cilantro? And how many ouguiya, ringgits or pa’anga can you expect in exchange for 100 Australian dollars? Not long ago, questions like these would have had Netropolitan struggling in vain to recall long-forgotten formulae or ploughing through reference books. But not any more. Sites such as http://www.speckdesign.com/Tools2a.html will do the hard work for you. You can choose the kind of measurement you want to convert—weight, for instance—and enter your figure. One click converts kilograms into a multitude of units, from carats to scruples or even to poods. Cooking involves whole batches of measurements and at http://tpeaks.com/converter/metric.html you can convert them all at once. You can even turn a recipe for four people into a recipe for, say, seven. And if you are baffled by the names of ingredients, http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/lloyd_and_anne/ukuscook.htm gives British equivalents of American names and vice-versa, as well as cookery tips for those who find themselves on the wrong side of the Atlantic. To find out more about units, such as why the British hundredweight consists of 112 pounds rather than 100 pounds, visit the dictionary of units of measurement at http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/index.html. From abamperes to zollen, it proffers a profusion of facts. And finally, if you intend to travel the world instead of surfing its electronic highways, discover what your cash is worth at http://www.xe.net/currency. This incredibly useful site converts more than 180 currencies. More on these topics: