Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Robert A. Uhl (
11 Oct 1995 21:56:15 GMT

In article <45f466$>,
Jack Fertig <> wrote:
>As an American I'm embarassed at our country's resistance to the metric
>system. I'm even more embarassed at our xenophobia, lack of a health
>care system, crime, violence... oh, well. Metrics seems a small matter
>from this side. But it's true enough. We should get with it.

Get with what? Other nations' disdain for their histories? The
changing over to a system with _no_ benefits? Do tell.

>One of the problems is that we get exposed to metric in terms of
>intimidatingly exact decimals that nobody could convert without a

I always thought that the problem was that there is no reason for us
to convert. The fact that the rest of the world uses it doesn't
matter; the rest of the world also lies awake at night hoping that we
don't decide to reduce it to radioactive grit...

>I think it's quite enough to know that a meter is a bit more than a yard.
>A centimeter is a little less than half an inch. A Kilometer is about
>2/3 of a mile. (Or for more than a few, 5/8 is a closer fraction.) A
>liter is a little more than a quart. A decilitre is a tad less than a
>cup. It's really as easy as pie, and a lot easier than 3.1416.

That's how I remember it. But I only use it to convert from metric
to real; never the other way around.

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