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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
Mar
18
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
Of course there is history as to the (non-)adoption of date order and the metric system. I don't know why you felt the need to include such an anti-French diatribe; it is certainly not based on any knowledge of history. The D-M-Y date order and the metric system were in common use in everyday life most if not all of continental Europe by the time European institutions started after WWII. The fact that the European capitals are in francophone areas is completely irrelevant.
Oct
25
awarded  Yearling
Feb
25
comment Why did the French insist on reclaiming Indo-China after WWII?
@jfrankcarr Given that De Gaulle was not in power from the end of WWII to the independence of Indo-China, no.
Feb
9
awarded  Critic
Jan
5
awarded  Organizer
Jan
5
revised How did the US/South Vietnam lose the Vietnam war?
English; tags
Jan
5
suggested suggested edit on How did the US/South Vietnam lose the Vietnam war?
Nov
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
11
comment What happened to all the french guillotines?
@Gopi I may have been using the wrong word. You can no longer see guillotines in the place where they were formerly used (town squares or prisons), as far as I know (though I do not have a reliable source for that). Some of the guillotines in museums or private collections are in working order.
Nov
11
revised What happened to all the french guillotines?
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Nov
11
awarded  Teacher
Nov
11
answered What happened to all the french guillotines?
Oct
25
awarded  Suffrage
Oct
25
comment What aternative locations were considered for the United Nations?
@MichaelF The US can hardly be considered a lead in the League of Nations, which it didn't even join. Wilson, the then US head of state, can be considered the father of the LN, but this does not extend to the country as a whole.
Oct
25
awarded  Editor
Oct
25
revised Why did the Soviet Union get 3 seats in the UN?
corrected the title (the mistake isn't relevant to the question); minor terminology corrections to the body