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

Doug Weller (
Sat, 07 Oct 1995 20:55:57 GMT

In article <456lhe$>, (ANDREW GRYGUS) wrote:

> In <456elh$t8v@cnn.Princeton.EDU> writes:
> >
> >>
> >>Interestingly enough, the Roman foot of 296 mm and the English foot
> of 308 mm
> >>have preserved this value over five millenia and are now to be
> discarded in
> >>favor of the metric system.
> >
> >I'd say it is about time. 5000 years (which happens to be well
> >before the founding of Rome anyway) is way too long to use such
> >silly units of measure.
> >
> The foot has stood the test of time because it as the most useful human
> scale measure. Unfortunately, a bunch of "intellectual" morons think
> they have a better way and want to force it on everyone else.

Er, its used universally in science and engineering, and there are
*very* few countries that don't use it for most else.
Nothing to do with intellectuals, just catching up with the rest
of the world!

Doug Weller