The metric system question....

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Mais bien sûr, mon ami.

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Here in Blighty you might be 'meeting the Boys for a pint'
(In this pub context 'pint' serves as both singular and plural- like sheep or deer, which may cause some spousal confusion)

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10^-3 is milli

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Apologies. You're absolutely right. My face is doused in runny egg.

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It's a screw thread standard devised by Joseph Whitworth. The first standardised screw thread in the world.

He also designed guns.

You could see his house, well the grounds of his house, from where I used to live

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Remember time is based on sexagesimal, base 60 system!

We have no problem figuring time with it! Divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, and 60. Base 10 is 1, 2, 5, 10. Base 12 a sub set of base 60

Geographic data mixes it up degrees, base 10, and minutes, seconds base 60.......

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Is the 24-hour clock really considered "metric"? I just thought it was its own thing.

The Wiki entry don't mention the metric system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24-hour_clock

The 24-hour clock, popularly referred to in the United States and some other countries as military time,[1][2] is the convention of timekeeping in which the day runs from midnight to midnight and is divided into 24 hours. This is indicated by the hours passed since midnight, from 0 to 23. This system is the most commonly used time notation in the world today,[1] and is used by the international standard ISO 8601.[3]

A number of countries, particularly English-speaking, use the 12-hour clock, or a mixture of the 24- and 12-hour time systems. In countries where the 12-hour clock is dominant, some professions prefer to use the 24-hour clock. For example, in the practice of medicine, the 24-hour clock is generally used in documentation of care as it prevents any ambiguity as to when events occurred in a patient's medical history.[4]

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Random Metric Colors
Red - Millamauve
Blue - Hectogreen
Yellow - Picablue
Green - Decabrown

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Runny egg seems a bit harsh. Also, at the mention of eggs, now I'm hungry.

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Actually, 21:34 is the ratio of the Golden Section. I just threw that in for no good reason other than to see if anyone would try to fit it into the metric or imperial systems.

I posted that at around 0645, after feeding the animals, but before having coffee. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Strange ideas crop up before coffee. The world isn’t real yet, and the Sidhe are still about.

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113:355

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nearly pi!

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Micro is 10^-6, and milli is 10^-3.
Edit, sorry missed the other answers.

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Yup, meme stolen.......

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Although the historical definition of the unit was based on this division of the Earth's rotation cycle, the formal definition in the International System of Units (SI) is a much steadier timekeeper: it is defined by taking the fixed numerical value of the caesium frequency ∆νCs, the unperturbed ground-state hyperfine transition frequency of the caesium-133 atom, to be 9192631770 when expressed in the unit Hz, which is equal to s−1.[1][2] Because the Earth's rotation varies and is also slowing ever so slightly, a leap second is periodically added to clock time[nb 1] to keep clocks in sync with Earth's rotation.

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We use metric at the hospital....meds are in grams/milligrams, patient's weighed in kilos (but heights still listed as feet and inches, for whatever reason), and we use military time, which is irrelevant to this discussion, but I have the clock set in my car to display military time, and it pisses my wife off....perhaps because she works for a surgical group and they're only there 08:00 to 17:00 they feel no need to chart in 24 hr time, dunno.....but after noon, she just doesn't get it.....and it ain't rocket science, and all. Actually working the floor in a hospital, 24 hr/military time makes sense....at least to me.....or I've been browbeaten into accepting it

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The U.K. is a bit of a mess in this regard, the worst is when I go to France most years ( not 2020 for obvious reasons) and have to work out the speed limits in kilometres back to miles as I go along. I have a lot of French speeding tickets.

And yes the weight of people in US tv and film is so confusing - ‘ he weighed 200lbs’ let’s see divide that by 14 and oh I’ve missed the entire next scene...

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I'm thinking now... ny car's digital display is in kph, but when it's displaying as a dial it's also in kph but mph may be also there, in tiny numbers, I'll have to check.

And aren't the speed limit signs in the UK also in kph?

EDIT: my car's display is like this:

The fact that it also displays mph didn't register in my brain

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Not just them. The metric system would singlehandedly have killed rock and roll. For examples:

(1) "I Can See For 1.61 Kilometers" would have been the premature death of the Who.

(2) "Lord I'm one, lord I'm two ...lord I'm 500 miles away from home..." would have had to have been converted to metric units.

(3) "And I would walk 500 miles (804.672 kilometers) and I would walk 500 (804.672 kilometers) more..." would not have worked had the lads (Charlie & Craig, better known as "the Proclaimers") been forced to sing about kilometers.

The 8th amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

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