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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans!
  • From: "Paul W. Abrahams" <abrahams@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 18:35:01 -0400
  • Message-id: <200605011835.01366.abrahams@xxxxxxx>
On Sunday 30 April 2006 3:46 pm, Carlos E. R. wrote:
> The Sunday 2006-04-30 at 12:17 -0400, Paul W. Abrahams wrote:
> > The failure of the US and Britain to convert to the obviously more
> > metric system isn't just a matter of stupidity or stubbornness. If
> > else, look at the investment people have in socket wrenches calibrated in
> > fractions of an inch, and in the hardware that they fit onto. Or all
> > machine components that are measured in inches and have to fit together.
> > Metric conversion is a terrifyingly expensive proposition.
> You wouldn't need to change overnight. It could be done over years.

Like changing from driving on the left to driving on the right, as they did in
Sweden a while back? A few cities at a time, perhaps?

Actually, nuts and bolts in general are the most obvious manifestation of the
problem. You can get around some incompatibilities by having two sets of
wrenches, but that doesn't help if you need to attach a metric nut to an
English bolt.


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