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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans!
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 15:05:28 -0400
  • Message-id: <44550A78.4000902@xxxxxxxxxx>
Paul W. Abrahams wrote:
> On Saturday 29 April 2006 9:42 pm, Orn E. Hansen wrote:
>> Laugardaginn þann 29 apríl 2006 17:17 skrifaði suse_gasjr4wd@xxxxxxx:
>>> It's the office supply companies and general public and such that still
>>> call 14" legal.
>>>
>> Well, obviously, since A4 or 14" papers aren't legal ... how on earth do
> we
>> ever expect Americans to adopt our systems. We can't expect them to accept
>> our non-legal ways, can we.
>
> The failure of the US and Britain to convert to the obviously more sensible
> metric system isn't just a matter of stupidity or stubbornness. If nothing
> 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 those
> machine components that are measured in inches and have to fit together.
> Metric conversion is a terrifyingly expensive proposition.
>
> I just changed the oil in my Toyota. The fitting on the plug takes a 3/16"
> wrench. Should I buy a new car in order to be able to use my metric wrenches
> to change the oil?

Actually, a lot of car parts are metric.

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