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||[Nov. 26th, 2009|03:01 am]
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hardly a quart left.
*wonders how much a quart is*
A quart is a quarter of a gallon, thus two pints. American pints in this case, each with 16 floz (rather than 20 floz as in Imperial (UK) pints). A US quart is 0.95 litres (near as anyone cooking needs).
 The "fluid ounce" ('fl. oz.' or 'floz') is also different in UK and US measures. Both are the volume of one ounce of water, but at different temperatures so different densities. The difference is only a few percent, though.
 Which shows the only thing which is bigger in Britain than in Texas -- a gallon (or pint). A cowboy "ten gallon hat" only holds 8 real Imperial pints.
 Actually, the term "ten gallon hat" quite possibly doesn't derive from the quantity of liquid at all, many linguists derive it from a corruption of a Spanish or Mixican word. I gather that the largest hat of that time known to be worn could only hold around three quarts, not four.
The really big Mexican hats might've held several gallons. WAY bigger than cowboy hats. They're intended as serious protection in a hot, dry land and I've wondered if they got their start covering up Spanish morions...you'd cook your brain in an metal helmet of that type in northern Mexico and Texas. But put a huge straw hat on top, with the high crown and shoulder-wide brim, and you could make it.
That's interesting, I didn't know they were that much bigger. Definitely makes sense for protection like that.
(And thanks to Allan Sherman we know that "Mexicans dance on their hats!" How much water they hold afterwards is not recorded, at least not on the recording I have of the song...)
1 US fl oz = 30 mL (close enough - true value closer to 29.5703 mL)
1 quart (US) = 946 mL
1 gallon (US) = 3785 mL
Grr.  A cowboy "ten gallon hat" only holds 8 real Imperial GALLONS.