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  •  Way back in 1985 (1+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa

    I had lived in the US for almost a year and was re-aclimating to using the old system (Canada having switched to metric over a decade earlier).  My mom and aunt came to visit me and discovered a distant relative living in Shreveport, LA.  As part of a larger trip we stopped and had dinner with him and his wife who was a local.  When the topic of measurement came up over dinner his wife was astounded to discover that an entirely different system of measurement existed!  She had never heard of the metric system (and she worked in a bank!) and was horrified to think that she might have to (someday) grapple with temperature, distance, etc. in a different system.  I think my mom and aunt felt like they have walked into the twilight zone.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 08:21:56 AM PST

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