Metric System
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Food: Measuring success

metric chocolate biscotti

EDITOR-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine, Ruth Reichl, recently indicated that a staggering 24000 cookbooks were published last year in the US.

This might only be impressive to those of us who read food and cookery books for fun. One such book, Chocolate Chocolate is packed with delightful recipes containing chocolate in all its guises. Written by a Cordon Bleu alumnus, Lisa Yockelson, the impressive book tempts one to sprint out and buy the little bits and bobs necessary to make an array of bar cookies, fabulously creative cupcakes or large, lusciously decadent chocolate cakes.

GOP Fears the Metric System

GOP means Gross Old Pedophiles

Faithful readers might enjoy this commentary by John Feehery, former staffer to Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other congressional Republicans. Feehery pontificates about the prospects for the country now that Al Franken's victory gives the Democrats (at least theoretically) 60 votes in the Senate.

What's so perfect about this commentary is the way it illustrates one of the prime features that got the Republican party to where it is today: its "We're Proud to be Luddites" attitude.

Feehery complains that the Democrats, now that they have attained a Senate supermajority, can be expected to start enacting crazy, left-liberal policies. His prime example? The metric system. It's his first sentence. Dems are going to impose metric the way they tried back in the 1970s.

Metrication of Reinforcing Steel in the U.S.

metric rebar
Metric Rebars

You may not realize it, but virtually all the reinforcing bar currently produced in the United States is a “soft metric” bar. This not-so-well-known fact conjures up several important questions: Is there a difference in size between a soft metric rebar and an inch-pound rebar? What about the design strengths of reinforcing steel with soft metric and inch-pound units of measure? More importantly, do your employees understand that there is no physical difference between a #3 inch-pound rebar and a #10 soft metric rebar?


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