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    With any system, everything starts with the largest or smallest number and then follows on.

    For example, a runner runs a marathon in hours, minutes and seconds.

    It's so many months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds to my birthday.

    So with the date, you would assume; days, months, year.

    Someone doesn't weigh 5 lbs, 12 stone and 3 ozs.

    So why months, days, year?

    Same as most things go clockwise. So why do athlete's run anticlockwise and why drive on the right and then negotiate roundabouts anticlockwise?
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    Imperial or metric? I use both, if I measure something and need to find the centre, if it's 54" or 1372mm, I'll go with the 54" and half it in my head.

    There are two downfalls with metric -

    1 - You end up dealing with large numbers and-or trying to work out on a tape measure between mm's and cm's, converting between the two.

    2 - Metric (apart from Celsius) does not relate to anything in the real world.

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    Athletes run they way they do because they're not only competing with others, but running against the clock as well!
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    Ah, c'mon! We Americans say 'the Fourth of July' ALL the time!! Who says 'July fourth'?!??

    True, but I've never heard anyone say 5th of July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    With any system, everything starts with the largest or smallest number and then follows on.

    For example, a runner runs a marathon in hours, minutes and seconds.

    It's so many months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds to my birthday.

    So with the date, you would assume; assume days, months, year.

    Someone doesn't weigh weigh 5 lbs, 12 stone and 3 ozs.

    So why months, days, year?

    Same as most things go clockwise. So why do athlete's run anticlockwise and why drive on the right and then negotiate roundabouts anticlockwise?
    Because months only go to 12, while days go to 31.

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    anti-clock wise?
    shouldn't that be counter clock wise?

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    Because months only go to 12, while days go to 31.
    "These go to 11."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    "These go to 11."
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    The metre (British spelling and BIPM spelling[1]) or meter (American spelling) (from the French unit mètre, from the Greek noun μέτρον, "measure") is the base unit of length in some metric systems, including the International System of Units (SI). The SI unit symbol is m.[2] The metre is defined as the length of the path travelled by light in a vacuum in 1second.[1]
    The metre was originally defined in 1793 as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole. In 1799, it was redefined in terms of a prototype metre bar (the actual bar used was changed in 1889). In 1960, the metre was redefined in terms of a certain number of wavelengths of a certain emission line of krypton-86. In 1983, the current definition was adopted.

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    anti-clock wise?
    shouldn't that be counter clock wise?
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