This is a discussion on Battlemug within the Tactical Gear forums, part of the Gun Forums category; half pood?...
Gunatic Loyalist (Bow down)
archaic units of measure FTW
Pood (Russian: пуд, pud), is a unit of mass equal to 40 funt (фунт, Russian pound). It is approximately 16.38 kilograms (36.11 pounds). It was used in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Pood was first mentioned in a number of documents of the 12th century.
Together with other units of weight of the Imperial Russian weight measurement system, pood was abolished in the USSR in 1924.
Its usage is preserved in modern Russian in certain specific cases, e.g., in reference to sports weights, such as traditional Russian kettlebells, cast in multiples and fractions of 16 kg (which is pood rounded to metric units). For example, a 24 kg kettlebell is commonly referred to as "one-and-half pood kettlebell" (polutorapudovaya girya). It is also sometimes used when reporting the amounts of bulk agricultural production, such as grains or potatoes.
An old Russian proverb reads, "You never know a man until you have eaten a pood of salt with him."
Half a pood also happens to be close to the unmachined weight of aluminum used in each Battlemug.
Last edited by kartoffel; 05-05-2009 at 09:58 PM.
Gunny At Large
Yeah the Ruskies used weird archaic measurements for a long time.
Look at a M91 Russian Mosin Nagant and the sights are calculated for Arshins (sp?), which is basically equivalent to paces.
The Italians have a saying. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." And although they've never won a war or mass-produced a decent car, in this area they are correct.
Oh awesome....Love the brass knuckle coffee cup.
Make it in a shotglass and I must have one..
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