Re: [OT] Metric was Yerushala(y)im - or Biblical Hebrew

From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue Jul 29 2003 - 09:57:03 EDT

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    Karljürgen Feuerherm scripsit:

    > Well, in either case, the original point falls to bits. Neither of the two
    > countries match the original descriptor of 'the at-the-time most progressive
    > nation on Earth'.

    In terms of reform of this kind, the U.S. certainly does match, thanks to
    Thomas Jefferson, who liberated the world pounds, shillings, and pence
    (and their analogues). Unfortunately, his decimal-based measurement
    system didn't have the quantifying prefixes of the metric system (which
    did not yet exist), and it was entirely Jefferson's idea with no support
    from other scientists or countries. So it failed, and the U.S. was
    stuck with the Fred Flintstone Memorial Measurement system by default
    (it has never been adopted officially).

    > Nor does any other. It's simply much too simplistic a statement.

    In general, yes. But this is a restricted context.

    Real FORTRAN programmers can program FORTRAN    John Cowan
    in any language.  --Allen Brown       

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