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

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  1. Rick330man

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    Tarzan would say: "American (imperial) good. Metric bad."
     
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    I meant the winchester , not the Jeep pulling implement, just in case.
    But what if my car only takes litres of gas?
     
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    Tarzan is a British born in Africa, he has no clue about the existence of America
     
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    Canada went metric when l was a kid but I still think in imperial much of the time.
    My only gripe with the logical metric system is that for day to day things millimeters are too small and meters too big. Its easy to estimate an inch or a foot and guess how big something like a book or spoon or chair is that way. More difficult in metric, I find.

    Don't know if this has been mentioned or not, but a kilometre is actually closer to the original mile than the mile we've been using.
    Mile comes from the Latin 1000, ie, 1000 pages. Roughly 1000 yards or meters...a kilometre.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    The Romans used a double pace to measure distance.

    A pes (Roman foot) is ~296mm. There are 5 pedes to a passum (Roman pace), and 1000 passus to a mille passus (Roman mile)

    I'll let you do the maths.

    I knew those interminable Latin lessons would be useful someday :)
     
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    Erm...that would be 1,480,000mm, which equals .919 of a modern mile.

    Or, if we're still doing Latin, MCDLXXX meters.
     
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    Since big business runs this country and the cost of retooling would be astronomical, I doubt it will ever happen. The cost and logistics of making the change are prohibitive.
     
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    Hmm, how many moonlight miles is that exactly? :confused::D
     
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    That's what centimeters exist for! :)

    It's kinda simple: for every day things, you use the centimeter. For things bigger than a table, you start using the meter. If it´s bigger than a city block, you use the kilometer.

    You only use milimeters for tiny little things, or if you want precision.
     
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    Calorie = energy required to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree C. It's is derived from metric units but is not the SI unit of energy. If you were to have a unit based on metric base units it would be kilogram and degree, so the kilocalorie? Anyway, the calorie is derived from measurable effects on smaller divisions of base units.

    SI energy unit is Joule which is a Newton-Metre. (I used metre instead of meter which my American spellcheck prefers.) Anyway, that's about 4.18 calories. The Newton itself is derived from kg-m/s^2 - so right from the definition of force, using base units.

    Even using metric/si derived units you can come to different ways to measure.
     
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    nope
     
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    I think we should start all over and come up with a new measuring system.

    We should probably use atomic size like protons, maybe not all the way down to bosons and quarks.
    We should get ready for the future.
     
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    Someone posted earlier about the Russians attempting to reverse engineer some of our bombers but failing at it because they didn’t convert it properly into metric measurements. I don’t know if this was the point of the earlier post but I do believe this is another reason for the US not fully converting to metric. It may make it more challenging for other countries like China to steal intellectual property. I could be wrong about that but just a thought that occurred to me.
     
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    We Americans are superior, we can count by twelves, sixteenths, sixty fourths,etc. I happen to like Imperial, it sets us apart and like Ironwolf said, we’re obnoxious Americans.


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    If you don’t like it you’re free to leave if it’s so stupid ! Go live someplace smart !


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    Us Americans like being rogues, we can learn to use both systems but prefer imperial , we have now become a double threat !


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    Personally I think you need to know the month first so I’ll stick with month day year. If you go metric are you gonna have only ten months and twenty hour days with one hundred minutes in an hour and one hundred seconds ?where does it end.


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    It seems to us Americans that after 1776 British nuts weren’t as big as you thought ! Lol, just kidding,


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    Growing up in the UK but living in the USA I do still get confused with date formats.

    I get asked for my DOB and have to really think to put the month first. Logically I think the day should be first but better still is a format like 01OCT19. First off, it's fewer characters and then putting the month into alpha means there is no misunderstanding.

    Of course, data processing systems use YYYYMMDD because it sorts, although I do remember that we tended to only used YYMMDD until very late into 1999!
     
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