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The French and the SI/Metric system (was: [SLE] Warning to Americans!)
  • From: Per Jessen <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 07 May 2006 15:36:58 +0200
  • Message-id: <e3kt5q$llt$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
James Knott wrote:

> Carlos E. R. wrote:
>> Not if you try to put a nut made in, say, France or Spain, to a bolt
>> made in Britain :-P
>> It's the same problem, but on a different scale.
>>
>
> Well, the French being what they are, ensure nothing fits their stuff.
> ;-)

Perhaps just for completeness - the French actually made sure that
everything fits by being a major driving force being the SI (aka
"Metric") system of units.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SI
(lots of interesting information, worth a read).

AFAIK, the old platinum/iridium standard 1 meter was/is kept in a vault
in Paris?



/Per Jessen, Z├╝rich


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