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Gallon vs galleon

A gallon is a unit of liquid measurement used in America and in Britain, though the U.S. gallon and British or Imperial gallon are not equivalent. A U.S. gallon consists of four quarts, or 3.79 liters. An Imperial gallon is equal to 1.2 U.S. gallons or 4.55 liters. The word gallon may also be used to describe a large volume of something. The word gallon comes from the Old French word jalon, which was an Old French liquid measurement somewhat equivalent to today’s gallon.

A galleon is a type of sailing ship popular from the 1400s through the 1600s. Originally, the galleon was a warship, the largest galleons were built by Spain and Portugal. Galleons had three or more masts, multiple decks, and square rigging. The word galleon is derived from the Greek word galea, meaning galley.


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Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.22 a gallon, up by more than a penny from last week. (The Hastings Tribune)

The Delhi Jal Board’s network will get a boost with 60 million gallons of water per day being added by the end of the year through the floodplain water harvesting project at Palla. (The Hindu)

“The Big Fix” chronicles the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill that sent more than 200 million gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. (The New Zealand Herald)

The infamous La Contessa, a replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon that sailed the Black Rock Desert playa during several years of Burning Man, was not art, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. (The Reno Gazette-Journal)

After more than 300 years resting on the Caribbean floor, a sunken Spanish galleon believed to be carrying as much as $17 billion in treasure has been found, Colombia’s president announced Friday. (The Huffington Post)

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