[sdiy] Metric OT rant

John L Marshall john.l.marshall at gte.net
Sun Aug 11 16:25:24 CEST 2002


Question.

I understand that Thomas Edison invented motion pictures. Edison specified
the film and it was manufactured by George Eastman. Why 35mm?

Spark plugs in the USA are strange. The hex nut on them are fractional
inches but the thread is metric, 14mm or 18mm.


Take care,
John
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Tillman" <don at till.com>
To: <synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl>
Sent: Sunday, August 11, 2002 12:38 AM
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Metric OT rant


> I've heard that there are only two countries that have not adopted the
> metric system; the US and... can you guess?... Burma.
>
> And as fine a system of measurement that the metric system is, you're
> going to be hard pressed to find any great song lyrics or poetry that
> refer to metric units.  It's damned difficult; working with either the
> rhyme or the rhythm is an exercise in torture.
>
> Perhaps this is the real reason we haven't changed over.  :-)
>
>   -- Don
>
> --
> Don Tillman
> Palo Alto, California, USA
> don at till.com
> http://www.till.com
>




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