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Great batalay 2013-05-10 15:16

Hello Gert,

Fascinating and timeless image posted of Burkina Faso, previously known as Upper Volta. I remember in the 70s when the United States was considering going metric, and abandoning the Imperial System, it used to be said, "The United States is the only nation left using the Imperial System of measurement, with the exception of Upper Volta." I wonder if the latter nation went metric yet. The astonishing happenstance is that the United States still resists it. 220 years ago the erudite and enlightened Thomas Jefferson had pushed for the metric system, paralleling France that had gone metric under the scientist Lavoisier.

Warm regards and have a good weekend,


Old 05-11-2013, 10:25 AM
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Thanks Bulent,

I'm afraid have I have to tell you that Upper Volta had adapted the metric system long ago, along with every other African country colonized by France. I think this myth nurtured in the US was intended to strengthen the arguments of those favouring a switch to the metric system, by making a comparison with some distant, exotic and possible primitive country.

We have the same kind of argument in Sweden, where the car industry lobby has been arguing for years for the construction of more super highways, among other things claiming that apart from Stockholm the only European capital without a highway skirting the city is Tirana in Albania.

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