Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 12:32:00 +0100


Subject: going metric

Is going metric like going postal, only more so? When I spent a year in

France we went metric in a big way. Distance, liquid measure, even the

24-hour clock and decimal currency were no problem. The only problem I had

with metric was the temperature. I know there's an easy formula, and I was

always perfectly comfortable doing centigrade in science labs. But somehow

it was all meaningless when it came to the weather (or sick children, tho

we did bring along a fahrenheit oral thermometer). So every time I

listened to the meteo on the radio, I would have to stick my head out the

window to really know how to dress the family.



Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

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