Originally Posted by dave17a
Want some of that in USA measurements. Don't want to look up any cross referance. Thank You.
Actually metric has been the official USA measurement since 1992.
Most of us (myself included) are just creatures of habit and ignored the government decree (wish we could ignore more of them, but that's another thread for another part of the forum).
Congress included U.S. industrial metrication in the Omnibus Foreign Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. This legislation amended the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 and designated the metric system as "the Preferred system of weights and measures for United States trade and commerce". The legislation states that the federal government has a responsibility to assist industry, especially small business, as it voluntarily converts to the metric system of measurement.
This legislation required federal agencies to use the metric system in their procurement, grants, and other business-related activities by the end of 1992. While not mandating metric use in the private sector, the federal government has sought to serve as a catalyst in the metric conversion of the country's trade, industry, and commerce. Exceptions were made for the highway and construction industries. The Department of Transportation planned to require metric units by 2000, but this plan was canceled by the 1998 highway bill TEA21. The U.S. military has generally high use of the metric system, partly because of the need to work with other nations' militaries.
Some members of Congress attempted to ban use of the metric system on federal highways in 1992 and 1993. These bills were not popular in the House of Representatives and failed before a vote.
This is why you see metric measurements on a FDA nutrition label. Most labels have both english(imperial) and metric but we are so accustomed to ignoring the metric you really don't notice it being there. Unless you are buying a 2 liter soda bottle (or as of late they are switching to 1.25 liter around here and charging about the same as the 2 liter). Although I do remember seeing dual speed limit signs that read 40mph & 60kph back when the national speed limit was 55mph. "But officer the speed limit sign said 60". Apparently multi-tasking (cyphering what the signs really say - sort of like the french & english canada thingie) while driving is difficult for some americans.
Ok, random rambling is over..... you may now return to your normal thread.
And, yes these wieners are on my "to do list"