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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    It should be noted that in some countries it's, yyyy/mm/dd. I think many Asian countries do this and I think some Swedish friends told me they do it too.

    It's dd/mm/yyyy here in NZ. It's very confusing when I see it in the North American format. Even though you know you should simply mentally swap them around for some reason my brain has trouble.

    My cousin's birthday is the 13th of October! And yes this is how we would say it, however people may say it the other way on the odd occasion. American ways of saying things tend to creep into the culture.

    This reminds me of something I saw the other day:


    Oh Americans, you so funny.
    we would like to collectively thank the british empire for giving us such a wondrous gift of measurement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    we would like to collectively thank the british empire for giving us such a wondrous gift of measurement.
    If only we had all been colonised by France. That said, I think the metric system was invented in the later 18th century, which would have been too late for America.

    Oh and I found this which outlines which country does what: Date format by country
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    DD/MM/YYYY makes sense, since it goes from specific to general, or the reverse (YYYY/MM/DD) which goes from general to specific. MM/DD/YYYY makes no sense. When speaking, I will also say "23 January 2012". I will say "January 23rd" only when the year is understood and I am perhaps just making a distinction between 21 and 23 Jan of the same year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    If only we had all been colonised by France. That said, I think the metric system was invented in the later 18th century, which would have been too late for America.

    Oh and I found this which outlines which country does what: Date format by country
    According to that chart, Canada is the only one that does three different orders. Hurray for being the most confusing.
    -end of thread-

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    I prefer the military method for dates and times
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    In primary school i was taught to tell the time in both military and civilian, now i do both.

    I always say my birthday is on 8th April.

    I suppose if you have always been taught to use one particular way then it's easier to stick with what you know. I do find it confusing though when, i'd imagine, that the day is more relevant than the month so it makes sense to start with the day.

    I am looking forward to 11/11/11. We'll all be on the same page
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    I think if you're going to pick the best just go with YYYY/MM/DD, it makes the most sense from all angles. But, MM/DD/YYYY is what everybody uses here day to day, so that's what I use day to day. Professionally, I use all kinds of formats. Hell, I even use Julian and some quasi-Julian system. I have to because different software from different companies and different industries and different companies all have different preferences, all within the U.S.

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    I'm an American and think we should switch to DD/MM/YYYY (or reverse that order). Month first makes no sense. I also think we should switch to metric.

    On the other hand, I think every country should switch to driving on the right hand side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    I'll go throw myself into a volcano now. One less American to worry about!
    Please don't. Who will answer my questions to God. Also your life is preciousssss.
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