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[aprssig] Metric vs English Systems

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Tue Sep 4 23:38:52 UTC 2007


Jan T. Pharo wrote:

>Derek Koonce <derek at dkoonce.com>, Tue, 04 Sep 2007 06:02:59 -0700:
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>>England still uses British units - miles, etc.
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>AFAIK, they still use it, but are changing, like the rest of the
>Commonwealth. In new cars I saw this summer, the km/h scale was
>dominant, and the mph scale was there, but smaller (not a stasticial
>significant number of observations, but that's what I saw)
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Australia went down this path in the 1970's and at one stage it was 
illegal to sell things like measuring tapes carrying both metric and 
imperial measurments but that prohibition has since been dropped. 
Although the metric system predominates, particularly older people still 
tend to think in imperial terms. Litres per hundred kilometres still 
means nothing to me so I convert to MPG if I really need to know.

Ray vk2tv




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