Would you approve the US joining the metric system? (meters, celsius, etc..)

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  1. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Wouldn't this make sense?
     
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    When does making "sense" have anything to do with it? The elegant simplicity of a measurement system that utilizes a decimal oriented math/number system is eminently sensible.

    The metric system went through sort of a trial period here (i. e., 1975, The Metric Conversion Act).

    It didn't take hold.

    But there's a longer history than that involved:

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smar...ing-metric-system-almost-230-years-180964147/
     
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    rolandson Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Yes.

    In the seventies we made, in some parts of the country anyway, an attempt. But we did so in a manner designed to fail.

    We made it as complicated and confusing as possible.
     
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    Unequivocally, yes. I did in engineering (CEO made the decision) back in the early '80s when the country was making the attempt. Not sure of the history of why the movement halted. The auto industry started, highway signs were in the midst of changing. What happened?
     
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    Yes, But most people are afraid of change.
     
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    Yes. And round-number metric. A board cut at 25.4mm is not metric.

    My career has been in metric. It reduces errors in the factory setting.

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    But, a 25 mm board is too short and looks bad... Houses would fall apart.
     
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    By providing conversions, such as on the highway signs, people became hopelessly confused.
     
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    Absolutely and I remember as a young man when it almost succeeded. It makes most sense in tools - wrenches and socket wrenches. How much easier it it than asking for a 1 and 1/16th size wrench?
     
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    If you can count money , its based on the metric system
     
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    I have no issues with it. It would be imminently practical. I use metric as often if not more than imperial, on the other hand, I am an obnoxious American and like being out of step with the rest of the world.
     
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    No give it say another 56 years, since I’m 56 now
     
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    Makes sense.

    But I don't use electric key car-door unlockers, either. And my teen sons know not to talk to Siri in the house. They want to know something, they can look it up with their fingers and attention spans.

    I like some distinctiveness among my countries, and I like how the standard system links us to prior generations, things, places, methods.

    Not rational, not efficient, but I didn't say it was. And I gotta be that so much of the time anyway--teaching logic, evidence, methodological validity, etc., to an endless stream of often murky-minded college kids--that I cling to my irrational nostalgias pretty staunchly.

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    "Get off my lawn or I'll hitch up my pants a good three more inches."

    A Canadian (ex) father-in-law was even worse. Every visit meant lectures about Imperial vs. U.S. gallons. Guess which one he said was "the only real gallon."
     
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  14. schmee

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    Yes, as long as they make it all metric:
    -100 minutes per hour, or 10 hours per day, We will need to slow down the Earth's rotation, but that can be good exercise.
    -Pi shall now be a number divisible by 10. Attempting to predict circular entities will be outlawed.
    -Fractions shall be eliminated, there will be no more 1/3 etc.
    -All music will have to be in BPM evenly divisible by 10. There will be no time signatures of 3/4, 4/4, 5/4 etc. Only 10/10
     
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    No.
     
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    No there has to be some sanity left in the world;)
     
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    I'm down with the metric system for distances. As a pretty serious bicyclist for about 20 years, I internalized mm, cm, km, etc as they were very commonly used both in bicycle design, tools, and in route measurements. And it was a very simple and logical system.

    But for temperature, I'm a fahrenheit hold-out. Because 0-100 is all survivable. Which one would think should be a goal of the metric measurements as well, but, no...

    [​IMG]temp measures by Ray, on Flickr

    -Ray
     
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    I can do both.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the English still colloquially use our measurement system despite being "officially" metric?
     
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    Yes. I'd be all for that. It makes way more sense to me.
     
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    I used it exclusively academically and professionally since the 70s. I don't see the younger generation offering up much resistance. My 11yo thinks metric most of the time.
     
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