Are you sure this isn't caused by the enroachment of the European Metric
system into America. I live in Canada which went on the metric system 15 or
more years ago. Metric is a real pain in the ass. I had tools (wrenches,
etc.) for Imperial sizes and was quite happy. The cars made with Imperial
size fasteners seemed quite well-built to me. Never had any problems with
pieces falling off or such stuff due to Imperial sized nuts and bolts.
Can't figure out why we ever thought we needed this foreign Metric stuff
Now, Canada is in a never, never land with Metrification. Old guys like me
still order things in pounds and ounces and let the store clerk figure out
how many Milli-whooies that might be. I still drive 30 MPH in the City and
60 MPH on the hiway. The price signs for fruit and veggies in the grocery
store are all in Pounds with the Metric price for Milli-whooies in small
print beneath the Imperial pricing. We still buy eggs and donuts by the
dozen. When I go for a walk, I know how many miles I have walked because
there are 8 city blocks to a mile. Don't know how many blocks there are to
a Milli-whooie and don't really give a damn. What a joke and huge waste of
precious tax $ this half-assed Metrification has been.
The only time the Metric crap really bothered me was when I was replacing
some of the plywood sections on the floor of my sundeck. Went to the local
lumber yard and bought what I thought was 5/8 plywood, but when I installed
it along side some of the original plywood, I realized I had some Metric
abortion of what 5/8 should be. Returned the plywood to the lumber yard and
borrowed my neighbor's pickup and took a short drive down to the good ol' US
of A and got some sheets of 5/8 plywood that did match the thickness of the
original plywood. It was cheaper than the plywood I had purchased in Canada
to boot. Also needed a new thermostat for my heating system. The ones they
sell in Canada are all in Milli-whooies. No damned good to me. Bought a
Farenheit one in the US that I can understand and makes me feel warmer too.
68 sure feels a lot warmer than 20 does.
Keep America pure! Don't contaminate America with this Stinkin' Commie
Metric stuff. Milli-whooies are for Commies and Woossies.