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Re: [RC] Other nations and endurance - Joe Long

On Wed, 9 Aug 2006 17:03:16 -0700, "Barbara McCrary"
<bigcreekranch@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Our government tried to initiate the whole metric thing in the USA and some of 
us never caught on...that is, we couldn't translate.  I guess the government 
gave up.  We're still using our own bizarre method of describing distances and 
volume, etc.  Maybe metric makes more sense, but we're used to our methods and 
it's a lot of work to learn a new "language."  <g>

"The gummint" did a poor job, as usual.  The PR ads made metric sound
more complicated than English units, when they are in fact much easier
to use.  It is only the unfamiliarity of metric that scares people.

Metric will eventually dominate, slowly.  It is not only already
common in beverage bottles, but nuts & bolts for automobiles as well,
and in computers.  And kids are taught metric in school, it won't seem
unfamilar to them as they get older.

Never fear, expressions like "foot-long hot dog" and "a miss is as
good as a mile" will be around long after those units have fallen into
general disuse.  They still measure flat-track races in furlongs!
Hmmm, I once stated the average speed to drive in a car rally I put on
in "furlongs per fortnight."  And once specified the length of
something in "gallons per acre."

Joe Long


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[RC] Other nations and endurance, Tracey Lomax
Re: [RC] Other nations and endurance, Barbara McCrary