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Nov
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
10
revised Row for powers of 10 on 1950's French typewriter keyboards
added a relevant tag
Oct
10
awarded  Commentator
Oct
10
suggested suggested edit on Row for powers of 10 on 1950's French typewriter keyboards
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Aug
19
revised How close were the living standards of India compared to England during the medieval period?
removed tags made obsolete by a prior edit
Aug
19
suggested suggested edit on How close were the living standards of India compared to England during the medieval period?
Aug
19
suggested suggested edit on How close were the living standards of India compared to England during the medieval period?
May
19
comment Is it correct to refer the Victorian Era outside of the UK?
Not in France (it wouldn't be understood by people who aren't familiar with British history).
May
14
awarded  Necromancer
May
14
awarded  Revival
May
14
answered What mistake did abbot [Jacques?] Delille make when eating an egg at the Court of Louis XVI?
May
13
revised Moving day in Paris, France in the 19th century
more explicit title; more applicable tags
May
13
comment Did Louis XIV actually say “The State? I am the State.”? Could he have said it?
@T.E.D. I am a French expert, and I confirm that Carlyle's translation is accurate. If the quote is not apocryphal, then one imagines a context where someone mentions a state prerogative, or the interest of the state, and the absolute monarch interjects “I am the state”, meaning that all matters of state rest in the king, that there is no separation between the king's interests and the state's interests.
May
13
suggested suggested edit on Moving day in Paris, France in the 19th century
May
13
answered Moving day in Paris, France in the 19th century
Mar
19
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
@oakad Going by population, about 95% of the world uses the metric system. Going by wealth, it's less, but I doubt that it's less than 50%. So no, US is not leading the world on unit standardization. I have no idea what traditional German beer sizes were.
Mar
18
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
What a load of nonsense. A 1-liter beer is considered normal in Germany. The difference between one yard and one meter is too small to matter (and the height of a table is a really weird thing to take as a fundamental unit of measure). A centimeter is about the width of a thumb — that's even better than having to use two fingers. Whatever you may think of base 10 vs base 12, if you write numbers in base 10, that makes manipulating 10-based units easier (also, British units are not 12-based).
Mar
18
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
This is probably on the right track towards a partial answer — it took several generations for France to convert to the metric system, but the place was less industrialized, meaning fewer objects needed to be adapted. Similarly, education was less widespread, meaning fewer people needed to adapt.
Mar
18
awarded  Citizen Patrol