From: Karljürgen Feuerherm (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jul 29 2003 - 10:09:37 EDT
I'm willing to concede that the US may have been the most progressive nation
on earth with respect to the *specifically restricted context* of
rationalizing the currency system in use in that place at that time.... :)
The original statement sounded rather more all-encompassing.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Karljürgen Feuerherm" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:57 AM
Subject: Re: [OT] Metric was Yerushala(y)im - or Biblical Hebrew
> Karljürgen Feuerherm scripsit:
> > Well, in either case, the original point falls to bits. Neither of the
> > countries match the original descriptor of 'the at-the-time most
> > 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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