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Old 12-20-2006, 09:46 PM   #1
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A ton is a hundred thousand. A mile is a thousand double (!) steps, left/right of a Roman soldier of about 1,6 meter. See wikipedia.
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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Look it up under reference.com -essentially states that it is not connected to any unit of measurement, although one has to wonder. In shipping, a register ton is 100 cubic feet, and the original ton of weight was 20 hundredweights. Or it could simply mean 'a lot' as in "that bike's got a ton of speed and power"? Any Brits (last name Oxford) want to comment?
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:09 PM   #3
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A `ton' in British slang is one hundred, usually for 100 pounds (sterling). A `pony' is 25 pounds, a `monkey' £500. `Ton' in this sense may come from the name for a measurement of 100 cubic feet. But I never heard of anyone `doing the monkey.'
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:51 PM   #4
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Doing the ton refers to going 100 miles across the old iron bridge in england during the sixties..You would have a stripped down bonneville and go from one cafe to the other,hence cafe racers.Some people died doing the ton.I got this from my bass player ,who is welsh and was an actual cafe racer
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Old 12-21-2006, 01:02 AM   #5
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You mean you never heard the Miracles in their 1963 hit "Mickey's Monkey"? "Everybody was doing the monkey". Lom de lom de lie...
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Old 12-21-2006, 02:01 AM   #6
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Umm. Could that be b/c bonnies wont go 500mph?
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Old 12-21-2006, 02:33 AM   #7
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In Buenos Aires slang mango means one peso. I hope this helps



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Old 12-21-2006, 02:34 AM   #8
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For the life of me I just can't figure out how to work mention of the SV650, VFR (older one) and Concours into this.



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Old 12-21-2006, 02:37 AM   #9
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The 'ton' is british slang for 100 of anything: 100 pounds sterling, 100 points, whatever. Don't know the exact origin but I don't think it relates to anything with a metric ton or any other ton (tonne) of weight.
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Old 12-21-2006, 02:39 AM   #10
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OMG! Whose ugly mugg is that?
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