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How a British Journalist Became the Morbidly Obese Pancake Man

Liam Thorp, the political editor of the Liverpool Echo, got a notice from the National Health Service that he needed to come in for a COVID vaccine. Thorp is 32 years old and has no condition that would warrant a vaccine at this stage of the rollout. Why was he flagged to get one? He called to ask if it were really his turn, which led to some checking. His doctor later called back to say there had been a mistake and he wasn't due for a shot yet.

For reference, a BMI of 40 or more is considered morbidly obese - so I'm not sure what this would have made me.

The man's nervous tone cracked into a laugh when I joked about putting on weight and losing a significant amount of height during the lockdown.

If I had been less stunned, I would have asked why no one was more concerned that a man of these remarkable dimensions was slithering around south Liverpool.

Of course, the story went viral, and Thorp is now known as "the Morbidly Obese Pancake Man." You can read the entire story at the Liverpool Echo. -via Nag on the Lake


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We can't help it. We use metric in areas that count, e.g. STEM fields but the ethnocentrism and xenophobia is too rife among Americans who have been taught that we're the greatest nation in the world.
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Weird. Its 2022 in a few months and there are still countries and people that use the old imperial measuring system, a system based on an English king's body parts.The world counts money in decimal, which is just metric for money, and metric is so simple that even dumb people can use it.
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Not enough people appreciate the units on numbers. Kind of a different situation, but still reminds me of the time United States and European engineers were not specific about what units each one was using, and if I remember correctly, designed a satellite that didn't know where it was going.
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