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What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

JulieM Silver badge

Actually, the metre is British -- the French could not agree on a reproducible definition, and had to ask us for help. We let everyone think it was a French invention, in exchange for the right to claim a French invention as our own -- a favour not called in until 1959, with the advent of the Mini, which everyone thought was the first front-wheel-drive car.

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