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But nobody, apart from Americans, and a decreasing number of people approximately the age of Prof. Hubert Farnsworth, is more than even vaguely aware of the existence of "short tons" or "long tons" (aww, bless them), and, including Scottish engineers, certainly won't be using them in any kind of engineering, or even everyday, capacity (and you would hope that NASA and its silly contractors would have learned a hard and expensive lesson from that particular mistake).

"Tonne" with a "ne" is obviously metric, and as the modern default value of a unit with that sort of name, it's the non-metric tons (assorted flavours) that need an adjective, to clarify which one of those is meant, where used.

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