Do you think us americans will ever convert?

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    Oct 19, 2007 8:23 AM GMT
    icon_rolleyes.gifWhen i say convert i mean to the metric system. We're still using the king's measurement yet we are taught in science and math class how to use the metric system. So why don't we simply do it? It is so much easier to use anyway because it's multiples of 10. Easy so come on let's catch up.
    Of course penis measuring might get a little more interesting. hahahaicon_biggrin.gif
  • duglyduckling

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    Oct 19, 2007 2:23 PM GMT
    very highly doubt it.

    We have the metric system here in Canada, and it's a hybrid system at best.

    Temperature is in Celsius, Speed is in Kilometre/hr, distance is in kilometres. Drinks are measured in millilitres.

    Yet, when it comes to someone's height and weight, it's feet and inches / pounds; and size of a house, it's sq. feet.

    Officially, any weight and measurements when you make purchases at stores are in kilograms, but in reality, we ask for a pound of ham, etc.

    So even though we try, it's a hybrid system at best. The US system would never change.
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    Oct 19, 2007 3:22 PM GMT
    I have had an aversion to the metric system for fifty years and more, merely for the reason that when I was a boy there was not a thing I could do creditably except measure in feet and inches, in miles and furlongs, in gills, quarts, and gallons, and in bushels and pecks according to the book. It was a poor and mean distinction but I early learned to enjoy it. I suppose that this is because the ability to measure correctly is a talent, not an acquirement. I'll allow that there is some dignity about an acquirement, because it is a product of your own labor. But to be able to do a thing merely by the grace of God and not by your own effort transfers the distinction to our heavenly home--where possibly it is a matter of pride and satisfaction ...but it leaves you naked and bankrupt here on earth.
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    Oct 19, 2007 8:40 PM GMT
    Metric is so much easier, and makes so much more sense, but, unfortunately, we are NOT a nation of logic and clear thinking.
  • DiverScience

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    Oct 19, 2007 11:26 PM GMT
    Nah, we won't.

    But I use it all the time, without thinking about it. 'Cause it's habit for a scientist.
  • iHavok

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    Oct 19, 2007 11:28 PM GMT
    i thought drugs had taught us all the metric system...
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Oct 19, 2007 11:45 PM GMT
    You wont, because you like to be different icon_smile.gif
  • MisterT

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    Oct 20, 2007 5:28 AM GMT
    Besides the fact that we like to be different, and don't adapt easily to change, I think cost to change everything (signs and existing measurement systems, tools, etc..) would cost an arm and a leg, and possibly a testicle.

    If things do change overall, it will take a long time, they are teaching more and more metric here, but while there is still a large part of the population that know and are comfortable with the old system, it will predominate.
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    Oct 20, 2007 7:55 PM GMT
    besides...who says we dont use metric. Our gallon of milk is clearly marked 3.79 liters ... icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 20, 2007 8:03 PM GMT
    Actually, the archaic system is costing us a LOT of money. Anybody who actually measures things on a daily basis should be eager to switch. The building trades alone would have a huge jump in efficiency, using decimal measurements, instead of spending hours a day (often incorrectly) adding odd fractions of inches & feet to figure out how long a board should be. And don't forget that NASA lost a whole deep space mission because of a flubbed units conversion.
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    Oct 21, 2007 10:08 PM GMT
    America is so old-fashioned. Even your newspapers look like they're produced by some 19th printing press.
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    Oct 21, 2007 10:57 PM GMT
    I have a calculator to do my fractions etc for woodworking...just cuz I am too lazy to convert to a common denominator and then work back up to the smallest possible denominator.

    The metric system causes Altzheimer's ... icon_lol.gif

    and to redheadguy....well...your newspapers look like some kind of crazy tabloids that we have in the supermarkets with headlines like an alien fathered my baby.

    ....but seriously....brit. papers look like crazy tabloids, not serious newspapers.
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    Oct 21, 2007 11:01 PM GMT
    Briarhawk, I know that an ounce is 28 grams and a gram is about 80 bucks.
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    Oct 22, 2007 12:16 AM GMT
    Caslon beat me to the punch. In Britain, how are we supposed to know fake news (Dumbledore is Gay!) from real news (Dumbledore is GAY!). The answer is with trustworthy olde-timey print.
  • Laurence

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    Oct 26, 2007 4:28 PM GMT
    I agree with Red (being British I would). You Americans are useless when it comes to news.

    If you want facts go to the BBC, if you want fiction watch any US news network.

    Fact.

    Lozx

    ps. We love you really, but we couldn't live there.
  • Paperless_Pen

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    Jan 06, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    DiverScience saidNah, we won't.

    But I use it all the time, without thinking about it. 'Cause it's habit for a scientist.


    Yes.
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    Jan 07, 2014 3:10 AM GMT
    addition and multiplication bad for Joe the Plumber types
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    Jan 07, 2014 3:47 AM GMT
    The metric system is a communist invention. We don't take kindly to no communism here, you Kuh-NAY-dee-an.
  • KazerOTP

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    Jan 07, 2014 3:50 AM GMT
    Oh man, I wish the metric system was more prominent in the US. It's so much easier than the US customary system!
  • dc415

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    Jan 07, 2014 5:27 AM GMT
    It's true that metric is easier to do conversions with, but a lot of metric units are really inconveniently sized. Here are some examples:

    1. Weight. A pound is a really convenient unit to measure by. One kilogram is kind of a lot. In mainland China, even though they officially use metric, they still use the "catty" (一斤) for most weights (though for convenience they've set one catty == 0.5 kg).

    2. Temperature. In Fahrenheit it's easy to tell how hot it is outside. If it's 100, it's "really hot". If it's 0, it's "really cold". If it's 50, it's in between.

    3. Length: a foot is also a convenient measurement. It's convenient to carry around a foot-long ruler... meter sticks, not so much.
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    Jan 07, 2014 5:29 AM GMT
    dc415 saidIt's true that metric is easier to do conversions with, but a lot of metric units are really inconveniently sized. Here are some examples:

    1. Weight. A pound is a really convenient unit to measure by. One kilogram is kind of a lot. In mainland China, even though they officially use metric, they still use the "catty" (一斤) for most weights (though for convenience they've set one catty == 0.5 kg).

    2. Temperature. In Fahrenheit it's easy to tell how hot it is outside. If it's 100, it's "really hot". If it's 0, it's "really cold". If it's 50, it's in between.

    3. Length: a foot is also a convenient measurement. It's convenient to carry around a foot-long ruler... meter sticks, not so much.

    And 'hectares' are just plain silly, albeit fun to say.
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    Jan 07, 2014 6:15 AM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    dc415 saidIt's true that metric is easier to do conversions with, but a lot of metric units are really inconveniently sized. Here are some examples:

    1. Weight. A pound is a really convenient unit to measure by. One kilogram is kind of a lot. In mainland China, even though they officially use metric, they still use the "catty" (一斤) for most weights (though for convenience they've set one catty == 0.5 kg).

    2. Temperature. In Fahrenheit it's easy to tell how hot it is outside. If it's 100, it's "really hot". If it's 0, it's "really cold". If it's 50, it's in between.

    3. Length: a foot is also a convenient measurement. It's convenient to carry around a foot-long ruler... meter sticks, not so much.

    I think in a way, you've really hit on something here though.

    Metric is a measurement for an age of reason and data, whereas imperial was more daily human scale. Maybe it says something that as a species we're moving to a system of measure that makes data and analysis more transparent, even if the units themselves are unwieldy in reality.

    Of course, it is also a decimal system. One could also just gravitate to centigrams or decimeters for such physical day to day interactions.


    ...and here I am, too often giving my two centigrams worth and getting decimetered over it. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 07, 2014 7:40 AM GMT
    Lol if 'american's' find it so difficult to address the much needed gun laws issue in the face of how many shootings (I mean come on, your primary/elementary schools are getting shot up), I very highly doubt they'd even care about something more trivial in comparison like the metric system.
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    Jan 07, 2014 7:48 AM GMT
    Imperial units are still around is we know what an inch looks like. A centimeter, maybe. A liter became recognizable once it became a popular beverage size.

    Now, if you want to compare gasoline at $2.80CDN a liter to a gallon like yanks are used to...you'll understand why Imperial Units will be around for quite a while.
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    Jan 07, 2014 9:22 AM GMT
    GIVE ME THE GODDAMN METRIC SYSTEM RIGHT GODDAMN NOW IMPERIAL IS MERELY METAPHORICAL FOR HOW OUR COUNTRY WORKS GLOBALLY.