Re: [gardeners] Manure and food safety

Kathy Kennedy (
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 15:22:15 -0600

The way I remember it, the US was, indeed,  moving toward going metric,
with public information being provided and kids studying metrics in the
schools more than had been the case before.  Automobile odomoters gave the
kilometer measurement next to the mile measurement.  Some signs along the
roadway gave certain distances in kilometers, for example I remember one
that said "St. Louis: 100 kilometers" -- this would give us a concrete idea
of what that distance would be. I think this sign was very near one that
gave the distance to St. Louis in miles.  Lots of thermometers showed the C
and F temps both, whereas in previous years, US thermometers just showed F
degrees. Then one day Ronald Reagan announced we could just forget about
His administration had a bit of a popularity problem at the time because it
came out that he (or his staff) had sold arms to our enemies.  That's
pretty much what happened to the 55 mph speed limit, too.  The recollection
of others may vary.
--Kathy K, mid-Missouri, zone 5
George wrote:
> IIRC the US went metric years ago, just no one enforces it. The military
> has been metric for at least 30 years or more and I believe the fed
> agencies also use the metric system. Just seems the general populace
> doesn't want to.
> George
> Harry Boswell wrote:
> > yeah, "Give them a centimeter, and they'll take
> > a kilometer"
> >
> > Just doesn't have the same ring   ;-)
> >
> > but I was disappointed when the US stayed English
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Penny Nielsen <>
> >
> > >Wouldn't it be nice for the new millenium if everyone went metric.
> > >
> > >