Opal’s are kind of wimpy. Get yourself some with more style:
Except for warmth, and possibly to avoid blisters.
Speaking of scarce materials following WW II, who remembers playing with painted metal cars and trucks that came from Japan? They were very cheaply made, and the “tin” parts were attached to each other with small metal tabs that were bent over. There was no welding and it was easy to take the car bodies apart if you were so inclined. And what was on the underside of those parts? American beer can logos. The Japanese were short of metal then and made a big effort to recycle scrap metal the Americans had left behind. Even at a young age I got a big kick out of discovering that.
Actually the US does use the metric system where it counts (no pun intended). Almost all manufacturing that serves an international market uses it, and some that doesn’t. Most cars have dual speedometers, and all checked bags at airports are measured in kilos. (23 kilos is slightly over 50 lbs; take advantage of that.) Food scales used both commercially and in residences are often dual scale, and converting recipes is much easier using grams than ounces. Medical and health industries use metric measurements almost exclusively. Almost all engineering disciplines use it because of the ease of scaling designs as well as compliance with international standards.
One area where it is not as evident is in highway signage and I have to believe that conversion cost is the major reason for that, along with safety concerns about confusing drivers. The real obstacle to fully converting to metric is the average person’s reluctance to change.
To put it another way, a centimeter is 1/100th of a meter, and a millimeter is 1/1000th of a meter, and a micrometer is what you use to measure things with.
Charmin extra rough. “As smooth as tree bark”
And maybe it only looked like a meatball to Louie. I remember that we had a dozen or so plastic ball ornaments of different colors. The red ones might have looked like they were edible to a dog. I was told that the plastic ones were purchased in the ’40s during the war because the glass ones were hard to get as most manufacturing was working on war materials. (And nobody was buying Japanese or Chinese products back then.)
Maybe this guy’s passenger would be willing to walk along:
Not to mention that there does not exist an unused mercury thermometer.