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    Filed at 1:55 pm under by dcobranchi

    but this struck me as a little strange.

    I was in the local Lowes store the other day to purchase some blinds for the house. Like almost all of their signs, the Spanish word for “blinds” was included beneath the English. No problem. But the odd part was the sizing. Blinds are segregated by slat width: 1″, 1 1/2″ & 2″. Those sizes were translated, too: 2,5 cm; 3,8 cm & 5,0 cm. Yeah, they used the comma. I’ve never seen that in this country before. Are we the only country in the hemisphere that uses decimal points?

    3 Responses to “I AM NOT A XENOPHOBE”

    Comment by
    October 6th, 2007
    at 4:06 pm

    We’re not the only ones, but one of very few. In my experience Mexico and Peru are not necessarily “dot” countries, although Wikipedia has them listed as such:


    Comment by
    October 7th, 2007
    at 8:16 am

    I thought we were the only country in the world, personally…

    Comment by
    October 7th, 2007
    at 11:32 pm

    I work in tech support for a multinational energy-related engineering company, and I support users from Brazil to Dubai. We all use the decimal point as a standard, and nobody has any problems with it that I know of… That I know of, bears repeating… but I help maintain the database and have seen no particular issues arise.