Good morning. Today is nonidi, the 29th of Vendémiaire, Year CCXXXI. We celebrate, again, l'orge, a hardy and hearty cereal.
At the same time the French were tossing this delightful calendar into the world, they were also busy making all other measurements as decimal as possible. Unlike the calendar, these other new units of rational measurement stuck, forming the backbone of the modern metric system. The English were a notable holdout, leading to the Imperial system of measurement going to her colonies where, even after the United Kingdom (mostly) adopted metric units, the United States continued to follow the ideas of ... (checks notes) ... King Edward II.