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    Exclamation Why Do Americans Write Dates: Month-Day-Year?



    Well that was interesting.. but didnt really give a definitive answer.

    On a personal note; having used both I prefer the middle-endian method.
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    Oh god. I had to shut his incessantly running mouth.

    Americans like to pretend they're so special.
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    Americans like to pretend they're so special.
    Don't be jelly!
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    Oh god. I had to shut his incessantly running mouth.

    Americans like to pretend they're so special.
    But I am special! my mom told me so
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    Oh god. I had to shut his incessantly running mouth.

    Americans like to pretend they're so special.
    What do you mean pretend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    But I am special! my mom told me so
    You ARE unique!!

    Just like everyone else!
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    Why do Americans don't use metrics?

    The dual usage of or confusion between metric and non-metric units has resulted in a number of serious incidents. These include:

    Flying an overloaded American International Airways aircraft from Miami, Florida to Maiquetia, Venezuela on 26 May 1994. The degree of overloading was consistent with ground crew reading the kilogram markings on the cargo as pounds.

    In 1999 the Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported that confusion between grains and grams led to a patient receiving phenobarbital 0.5 grams instead of 0.5 grains (0.03 grams) after the practitioner misread the prescription.

    The Canadian "Gimli Glider" accident in 1983, when a Boeing 767 jet ran out of fuel in mid-flight because of two mistakes made when calculating the fuel supply of Air Canada's first aircraft to use metric measurements: mechanics miscalculated the amount of fuel required by the aircraft as a result of their unfamiliarity with metric units.

    The root cause of the loss in 1999 of NASA's US$125 million Mars Climate Orbiter was a mismatch of units – the spacecraft engineers calculated the thrust forces required for velocity changes using US customary units (lbf⋅s) whereas the team who built the thrusters were expecting a value in metric units (N⋅s) as per the agreed specification.

    To be continued...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post


    Well that was interesting.. but didnt really give a definitive answer.

    On a personal note; having used both I prefer the middle-endian method.
    We did it before DoI, Jefferson and Madison letters in original show Month, Day, Year, so I would say we just inherited it.

    For instance this is Howe to Washington: https://founders.archives.gov/docume.../03-01-02-0243

    Charles II: https://www.manuscripts.co.uk/stock/24160.HTM

    I don't think that convention was invented by Americans.
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