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Old May 17th, 2014, 11:44 AM   #25181
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Old May 17th, 2014, 03:15 PM   #25182
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An inch is really the smallest unit used. Everything is in a fraction (not 10ths) of an inch. My metric wrenches are 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, etc. Perfectly easy and logical. My imperial wrenches are 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", etc. And my drill bits are 1/16", 5/64", 3/32", 7/64", etc.! It's just ridiculously harder to use. Especially when measuring something with a ruler that will typically have markings down to 1/16". Is that mark 3/8ths or 7/16ths? It's hard to easily tell.
Those fractions of inch are just insane, very unpractical to calculate mentally. If even an American think so...
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Old May 17th, 2014, 03:19 PM   #25183
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I just ran over a hedgehog yesterday Poor guy, I tried to dodge it, but I closely hit its head.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 04:05 PM   #25184
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I just ran over a hedgehog yesterday Poor guy, I tried to dodge it, but I closely hit its head.
well at least you haven't made meatloaf of him. this was probably not that messy.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 04:14 PM   #25185
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well at least you haven't made meatloaf of him. this was probably not that messy.
Meatloaf not, but pancake from his head yes
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Old May 17th, 2014, 04:24 PM   #25186
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Those fractions of inch are just insane, very unpractical to calculate mentally. If even an American think so...
Sure, but how often does that come up?

[snark mode on] May even come up less often than Europeans feel the need to discuss this. [snark mode off]
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Old May 17th, 2014, 04:25 PM   #25187
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...pancake from his head yes
Hey, some of us haven't had breakfast yet!
Fortunately, I'm not eating pancakes.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 04:39 PM   #25188
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Millimeters are a pretty common measure in metric, for example in engineering and do it yourself works.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #25189
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I also forgot that Moldova is the poorest country in Europe (either that or Greece).
Greece is far from being the poorest country in Europe.

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Greece was badly affected by the 2008-present crisis but before it was not so bad, poorer than West European countries but richer than East European countries. The difference between Greece and East European countries is that the first experienced a major economical shrink in a couple of years (and this make big news), while the latters had always been poor (but are improving in the last 20 years).
Greece was never much richer than Slovenia and the Czech Republic. But Greece always lived off loans and never had a sustainable economy. Slovenia produces and exports (at least it used to) much more than Greece despite being much smaller. I'm not sure you know any Slovenian company since you don't really need them, but all I know about Greece is olive oil and feta cheese.

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All 2004 EU members in eastern Europe have a GDP per capita in the $ 21,000 - 30,000 range, which is similar to Greece or Portugal. Romania and Bulgaria are lagging in that aspect though. I know it's a pretty popular opinion to divide Europe in a wealthy west and a poor east, but the per capita GDP in the Czech Republic is twice that of Bulgaria and even exceeds that of Italy.
It doesn't exceed Italy.

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Old May 17th, 2014, 05:31 PM   #25190
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According to this list there is a $ 41 per year difference between CZ and Italy (and CZ not exceeding Italy, but pretty much matching it, my bad)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...%29_per_capita

The Russian GDP per capita seems vandalized though.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 05:47 PM   #25191
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but all I know about Greece is olive oil and feta cheese.
It is pretty sad, but Greece produces some good products, especially in food industry. But they seem to be intentionally produced only for national consumption. Greece has (to me) one of the most tasteful chocolate (Lacta), just after Swiss one (Lindt)
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Old May 17th, 2014, 05:56 PM   #25192
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According to this list there is a $ 41 per year difference between CZ and Italy (and CZ not exceeding Italy, but pretty much matching it, my bad)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...%29_per_capita

The Russian GDP per capita seems vandalized though.
The map doesn't match the list; CZ has $26,590 in the list. That's some random article.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #25193
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Try this.

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Old May 17th, 2014, 06:19 PM   #25194
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Same as in my link.

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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:27 PM   #25195
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I don't like PPP too much, simple gdp per capita is more representative I think.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:35 PM   #25196
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The PPP takes the differences in cost of living into account, which is important to compare countries. Especially the cost of housing varies a lot between countries, as well as taxation levels (just compare Dutch road taxes to German road taxes while incomes are similar).
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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:40 PM   #25197
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It is pretty sad, but Greece produces some good products, especially in food industry. But they seem to be intentionally produced only for national consumption. Greece has (to me) one of the most tasteful chocolate (Lacta), just after Swiss one (Lindt)
Actually, I have found Greek products even in British grocery stores...
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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:47 PM   #25198
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What's that name of that Greek dip again? Goes nice with Pringles... Vol.....???
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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:50 PM   #25199
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Greece is far from being the poorest country in Europe.
It isn't........or at least it wasn't...........until the Global Economic Crisis hit.

Here's the thing though, out of the most affected countries, Greece hasn't been able to make a good recovery.

Imagine this, Iceland made a huge turnaround (after problems with their banks), Ireland is coming back around and Portugal is beginning it's path to recovery. Spain, though having some problems with a high unemployment rate, is starting to see some recovery action.

But as for Greece..............

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But Greece always lived off loans and never had a sustainable economy.
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As you said, that's one thing that is preventing a Greek economic recovery.

But it would be interesting to see which would eventually be the better economy:
A currently-battered Greece or Moldova (the poorest out of the former Yugoslavian territories)

Heck, even after the NATO airstrikes that have damaged Kosovo, it appears that Kosovo has a better economy than Moldova.

Point is: This is going to be interesting to observe

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I'm not sure you know any Slovenian company...........
Oh I definitely know of one Slovenian company







That is the company that adds extra sound and exhaust intensity to any BMW M5 (F10) or BMW M6 (F06/F12/F13)
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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:52 PM   #25200
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I don't like PPP too much, simple gdp per capita is more representative I think.
I used PPP, because by nominal, the difference between CZ and Italy is even bigger (much bigger).
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