Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 23:11:34 -0400 From: crissie trigger Subject: Re: Going Decimal Today I read your exchanges for the first time (normally the are read by my friend at my address), I am English living in America (16yrs) as Bethany Dumas said Britain 's currency went metric in the early 70's and by the mid 70's so had the weights & measures, it wasn't easy but we adapted and the manufacturers helped by printing both imperial and metric weights on packages, so I was vey surprised to read that it becomes official this year (according to one of the corrispondent on this line).I suspect it wil not be so easy for America to go metric , there's a lot more resistance here and a much bigger area to cover and convert. As for "Candy Bars", I think it's just another American Slang catch all term for anything sweet to eat that's not a cookie or cake.In Great Britain "Sweeties" does the same thing in most dialects in most areas of the country. Imperial measure in both weights and liquidswas developed way back in history and was used world wide fo many years before metric came in and the histry of both are very interesting.though at this moment I cannot recite it , I do know that the American gallon is unique to the Americas!.Why I don't remember, when I remember this part of my History lessons maybr I'll join in again. Till then thanks and Bye Crissie Trigger PS The Swedish experiance was interesting too, made for great conversation for years I was there, again it was relatively easy due ot the size of the country and number of people involved.