This is not strictly about metric but a comical example of how easily things 
get screwed up if you don't pay attention to units of measure

Sadly there was a fire and tank rupture at an Owens Illinois glass plant in 
Fortunately nobody hurt, but a [presumably] large spill of molten glass.

How much glass?:

Was it:
300 tons or 300,000 gallons (in the same article)

or 300,000 tons (272,156 metric tons)

Morley Thompson Jr.

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