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DogHand
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June 3rd, 2020 at 10:09:33 AM permalink
In the category 1960's Hits, this song contains the line

It seemed so funny to me

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November 15th, 2020 at 2:12:41 PM permalink
Let's resurrect this old thread!

50's Songs Containing Metric Measurements

A few weeks ago I was driving with my Dad, so we were listening to 50's music. I was surprised to hear a song that used a measurement from the metric system. Just recently, I heard a second 50's song that used yet another measurement from the metric system.

Both of these songs made the Billboard Hot 100 list, with the first one reaching #2, while the other, sung by a very well-known artist, reached only #30, but it did win an Oscar, and is also popular among Phillies fans.

Name those songs!

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Gialmere
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November 15th, 2020 at 2:40:27 PM permalink
I'm thinking one of them is "26 Miles Santa Catalina" which also refers to the 26 miles across the sea as 40 kilometers.


It's the only 50s song I can think of with a metric reference anyways.
Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.
ThatDonGuy
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November 15th, 2020 at 4:45:51 PM permalink
Quote: DogHand

A few weeks ago I was driving with my Dad, so we were listening to 50's music. I was surprised to hear a song that used a measurement from the metric system. Just recently, I heard a second 50's song that used yet another measurement from the metric system.


Apologies for being in pedantic mode today, but "second" (as in 1/60 of a minute) is a metric measurement. I have a feeling you didn't mean to include that.
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November 15th, 2020 at 9:04:46 PM permalink
Good catch, ThatDonGuy... I should have said "a metric measurement that is not also in the English system of units".

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November 15th, 2020 at 9:07:56 PM permalink
Gialmere,

Ding, ding, ding... We have a partial winner!

By the way, the English-to-metric conversion implied in the song was relatively close.

The other song showed that that songwriter was not an accomplished engineer.

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November 18th, 2020 at 11:29:50 AM permalink
Here's a hint for song #2: the singer was the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.

Hope this helps!

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November 20th, 2020 at 8:01:19 PM permalink
Well, I guess I stumped the board.

The song is "High Hopes", and features a line about a ram butting a hole in a "billion kilowatt dam". A billion kilowatts is a terawatt, but the highest power dam in the world, the Three Gorges dam in China, produces only 22.5 gigawatts, or 0.0225 terawatts. Furthermore, when the song was written in the late 50's, no power plant in the world produced even 3 gigawatts.

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