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The metric system question....

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Togman, Jan 24, 2021.

  1. Togman

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    As Chris Rock said - the metric system is a fail in the US. Except for the near universal adoption of the 9mm pistol......
     
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    1 Trillion, or 10^12



    and I hadda look that up, I didn’t remember.
     
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    ... or how many hails in a loudhailer?
     
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    That's hilarious! Why, 1000, naturally! 1000 mm in a metre, so there has to be 1000 microphones in a megaphone. :)
     
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    we do metric with money. always follow the money, the rest don't matta.

     
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    Mega (M) = 1x10^6
    micro (Greek mu, or u) = 1x 10^-6

    1x10^6 / (1x10^-6) = 1x10^12 = 1 Trillion

    But they're so small you'd lose them.

    (Edit: fixed a missing character...)
     
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    Canada went metric in the 1980s. I was a construction carpenter at the time and working on a hospital expansion project. The blueprints/drawings were in metric. Because of the huge US export market for Canadian lumber products, sheets of plywood and lumber have never converted to metric. I remember cutting off snippets at the ends of 4'x8' sheets of plywood to jive with the metric drawings. Go figure.

    In 1986, I worked at an oil refinery expansion. Everything was in Imperial. I was a carpenter back then but became a boilermaker in the early 1990s. I retired in 2015. I worked at many oil refineries in western Canada. Guess what? All of the blueprints/drawings/isos were in Imperial. We used Imperial wrenches and sockets. The fittings, piping, etc. were, and still are, in Imperial. No Metric anywhere. The exception is the speed limits posted on the signs on site.
     
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    Micro and mega has nothing to do with metric system


    And this is better than the joke itself.
     
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    ...whereas in Britain engineering has been metric for decades — back in the 1980s I was taught metalworking by retired engineers who thought and talked in millimetres — but the speed limits are still miles per hour and the road sign distances are miles.
     
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    OK, then, How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?

    And,

    How much wind can a windbreaker break?
     
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    Ooops ... maths fail :oops::oops:
     
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    Hmmm... a 1 didn't make it .. should read 1x10^12. o_O
     
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    Yes, SI. Er, is that "Si, SI."
     
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    3.280833333 US surveyphones to a Metricphone
     
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    That's pretty funny! I have a lot of acquaintances who embrace that particular point of view.

    The reality around metric in the US "failing" is primarily only at the consumer level and with building construction...most industries have been metric for a long, long time now. Personally, I switched two and a half years ago for all of my woodworking activities where I have a choice and haven't looked back. The only times I do projects in Imperial at this point is where the specification I receive is from another woodworker who prefers decimal inch, etc., and for some home improvement stuff where I don't want to "mix metaphors".
     
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    How many micrometers are there in a macrometer?
     
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    I was making some Pico de Gallo, but I got lazy about chopping everything up. Now it's Nano de Gallo.
     
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