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Old 01-02-2013, 05:29 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:43 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Has anyone considered whether this resistance to the simple, easy, consistent and obvious metric system helps explains the poor take-up of countersteering?

You mean stubborn ignorance? I think that's a good explanation.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:44 PM   #53 (permalink)
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It probably wasn't taken-up for the same reason the metric alphabet, the Decabet, with a neat, tidy ten letters was never adopted.

Here's how Mr. Franklin described it, sorry I couldn't locate the video:
NBC appears to be shutting down anyone who posts the video, so there are a lot of broken links.

Dan Akroyd performed it in an early season of SNL. I don't know who Mr. Franklin is. Ol' Ben wouldn't have touched this skit with his ten foot (that's 3.048 meters to those who wonder) pole.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:58 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Dan Akroyd performed it in an early season of SNL. I don't know who Mr. Franklin is. Ol' Ben wouldn't have touched this skit with his ten foot (that's 3.048 meters to those who wonder) pole.
Franklin is the character Akroyd was playing. Fun to go back and look at those old clips, lots of them are available on the NBC website. But not that one that I could find.




And "stubborn ignorance"? Don't forget, we're the country that is able to reduce fractions and divide by twelve.
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we're the country that is able to reduce fractions and divide by twelve.
I think most kids now days are more in tune with dividing by 1/16ths, 8ths and quarters BB...

Wonder what the going price is for a 'Henry' or a "Louie" these days?

Henry the 1/8th and Louie the 1/16th for those less informed...
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You would think men (and perhaps women) in America would want the metric system. You know, a '20' centimeter penis versus a puny '8' inch one. I mean, 20 sounds bigger than 8, right?

However, putting the word 'centimeter' afterwards makes one's manhood seem so much smaller.
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I think most kids now days are more in tune with dividing by 1/16ths, 8ths and quarters BB...

Wonder what the going price is for a 'Henry' or a "Louie" these days?

Henry the 1/8th and Louie the 1/16th for those less informed...
Oh, that's an excellent point. Myself being a fan of the metric system, I only deal with kilos. Mom said it was bad for me, but it never occurred to me she was just referring to my math skills.

A Henry or a Louie is new to me, that's pretty cool. But the kilo guys aren't big into history, so maybe that's why it never came up.
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You would think men (and perhaps women) in America would want the metric system. You know, a '20' centimeter penis versus a puny '8' inch one. I mean, 20 sounds bigger than 8, right?

However, putting the word 'centimeter' afterwards makes one's manhood seem so much smaller.

But in the same vein, does anyone judge the size of a women's er, 'figure' in centimetres??
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There is a better chance of seeing whitworth measurement system in the US I don't see the conversion happening any time soon....
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I already said Whitworth LEE....do try to keep up, will you??
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