Why does the US have to be so difficult about changing? Other countries do it and survive. Daniel points out here that is is pretty well only the US who do not use A4 sized paper. Something like ninety percent of the world uses A4 paper. It makes it difficult for the rest of the world for all sorts of reasons, from printer settings to office efficiency.
The US persists with its non-metric system and is now lumped with Liberia and Burma as being the last to hold out against the much more sensible metric system.
Neither of the above affect me too much. But here is one that causes me much botheration.
I never knew about this difference in the way a date was written until the arrival of the internet.
My Australian and UK readers will know the day I mean if I write 05/06/07 but US readers will be thinking I am talking about 6th of May.
There is a world standard to formally write a date now and it is in use in Australia on some official forms. So the date above would be 2007/06/05. At a glance I can easily see what the date is. It just reads backwards to what I would use and the use of four digits for the year makes the format immediately clear.
But when I write 05/06/07 and you are in the US, do you know if I am writing it the way I would, or am I accommodating you and your way of reading it? Either way, you could be wrong. The clue is I suppose, is that it is today's date, but then you haven't reached that date as I write.
Web sites meant for international viewing are pretty poor if they are still using that format and although I would like everyone to change to suit me, at least I can understand the international standard format.
This clock is for the chop.