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    Well, once we finally sort out the metric mess, suppose we could begin working on a standardized spelling for English?
    That could keep them standards folk busy another half a century.
    I always liked this proposal :-

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    It is interesting to note that Gene Rodenberry, in his creation of Star Trek, has been extremely prophetic about all sorts of things regarding the development of science. It is also interesting to note that despite being American, from the start Star Trek always referred to standardised Metric measurements.

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    It is interesting to note that Gene Rodenberry, in his creation of Star Trek, has been extremely prophetic about all sorts of things regarding the development of science. It is also interesting to note that despite being American, from the start Star Trek always referred to standardised Metric measurements.
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    It is interesting to note that Gene Rodenberry, in his creation of Star Trek, has been extremely prophetic about all sorts of things regarding the development of science. It is also interesting to note that despite being American, from the start Star Trek always referred to standardised Metric measurements.
    Well, at the time it made sense. The US Bureau of Standards had begun the transition, and we actually thought that by the 1980s we would be well on the way to a full Global Metric conversion. So, by the first star-date in Kirk's log that would be the galactic standard.
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    I may have missed something back when Star Trek was around but hadn't the United States of America blinked out of existence as a political entity before time in which the original series was set?
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    I may have missed something back when Star Trek was around but hadn't the United States of America blinked out of existence as a political entity before time in which the original series was set?
    Perhaps, but the writers were still very much alive and kicking in the mid 20th Century when it seemed that the Metric System was the Wave of the Future.
    In their world the US of A was going to be the leader of the Free Galaxy in a few Centuries.
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    And it was recognised that the inevitable way of the future was going to be metrication. After all, the American did Decimalise their currency (although they do still cling to the old "Pieces of Eight", as in the 2 bits.

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