JUST NOT CRICKET
As Britain prepares to convert to the metric system, abandoning feet and inches, it is running into problems, some of them quite upsetting to a people who revere tradition.
Consider cricket, for example. Should the cricket pitch be converted into metric measurements? It is now a good, sound 22 yards. Should it be rounded out to 20 meters, as Major Rowland Bowen, editor of Cricket Quarterly, has suggested, thereby lopping 4� inches off it?
By no means, thunders the Marylebone Cricket Club, arbiter of the ancient sport. "The measurements will stay the same," proclaimed a Marylebone official, "with the metric equivalents shown in brackets."
THERMAL POLLUTION AGAIN
As if we don't have pollution problems enough, a study team in New Mexico has now catalogued 64 environmental threats—some of them previously unknown to science.
The team (which calls itself an environmental consortium) includes representatives from six New Mexico universities and colleges.
The problem that has attracted the most piquant attention in the state is "biological reduction of chili wastes." The chili pepper and the pinto bean are New Mexico's two official state vegetables.
"Chili wastes [from processing plants] pose a significant sewage problem in at least one New Mexico city," says the consortium, "and little is known about how to treat it."
The Gourmet Chili Society of America, headquartered in Albuquerque, came up with an immediate suggestion: