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

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  1. Nick Fanis

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    I still don't understand what does the metric (or imperial) system has to do with "being happy" or "liking" a place ....

    According to your logic I should also "be happy" or "like" any number of hell-holes in the world that do use the metric system.....

    It's a measuring system ,nothing more ,nothing less...not a happiness or "loving a country" indicator for crying out loud....

    As for "keeping my mind sharp" having to use 3 different languages simultaneously every day (Greek,German and English) due to living and working in the EU .....beats any measuring system conversion stimulation...only trying to get the correct simple past tense in German verbs is a MARATHON of brain stimulation (ok I admit it, I am so stupid that I almost always use the present perfect tense most of the time to play it safe :D )
     
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    Boubou you seem to inspire me to look things up. Base 12 counting on one hand is a thing. You point the thumb at the finger bones as you count up. 4 fingers x 3 bones. There's a story about the Sumerians getting to base 60 by counting bones on one hand and sets of 12 on the other. So decimal is not inevitable. We just seem settled into base 10 numbers instead of base 12. So, this counting method may have give us 12's and 60's in measurement, time, degrees, etc. The fractions just progress from it naturally.
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    Everyone uses nautical miles for marine navigation because they correspond to a minute of latitude. Not km.
     
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    I feel like the abacus math (common core) my kids have been bringing home seems to be laying that groundwork
     
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    This is a difficult and competitive era in which we live. You give a guy an inch and he'll take 2.54 centimeters! It is the erosion of our moral base!
     
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    Don’t you mean give a guy an inch and he’ll take 160,934.4 centimeters?
     
  9. Boubou

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    The only time i would use nautical miles is if i was driving on a flooded road. But, i dont see any reason to do that.
     
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    When Canada went metric, there was a period of time when it seemed hazardous to travel by air. For quite a while, planes were fueled by people who didn't seem to understand metric conversion. This led to incidents like the Air Canada incident where a jet headed for Edmonton left Toronto with about half the fuel actually required, due to a gallons/litres conversion mixup. An emergency landing at an abandoned landing strip at Gimli, Manitoba saved the day, but the jet had to glide the last 20 miles with no engines. It became known as the "Gimli Glider".
     
  11. Charlie Bernstein

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    Well, I always dug the Meters . . . .
     
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    Is it true that Australians put lead weights in their shoes to keep from falling into outer space? (asking for a friend):D
     
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    The majority of the US population is not smart enough to figure out the metric system. And this country caters to the lowest denominator.
     
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    Argh!!!! Enough with the fractions!
     
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    I'm guessing that that made more sense in your head then it did on the page?
     
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    No worries the metric system is adapted to counting on your fingers.
    It’s actually not a big deal, though I do all my woodworking in inches. I took a woodworking class from a European guy once, he made us buy a metric tape and that was that
     
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    OMG I was just thinking about this the other day. I'm tired of having metric and non-metric tools and items to use them on. If only we'd just gone through with it 40 years ago.
     
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    As a casual visitor to scholarly pursuits, I've gotten the impression that even paid language scholars are challenged translating German in particular.
    Reading several different translations of Rilke into English it almost seems like they were translating different authors works!

    Plenty of other translations lose core value, that may be in cultural conceptualization of the original work's time, or simply in cultural presumption of the scholar.
     
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    Accounting for hyperbole, most folks don't even air up their own tires anymore, thus never even lend a brain cell to what psi might stand for, much less that the Pascal unit even exists.

    I make my living engineering cabinetry and various built-ins. All the hardware I use is metric, all the casework dimensions are in imperial, so I have no issues converting between the two. But dog forbid I introduce an unfamiliar hardware solution to the guys in the shop, lest I be barraged with gripes about "millipeters."
     
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    I guess it depends on the translator; I've seen some completely off the rails translations of poetry, and it many cases, it seems as though the translator is trying to substitute their own poesy for the real deal. Granted, some things either lose a lot in a literal translation or are simply cannot be converted into some kind of equivalent experience. But for works where a poem is published in it's native language side-by-side with the translation effort, it's downright irritating to see what sorry translations are out there.

    At the same time, there are translations that are pretty good at navigating some of those minefields and in some cases, you'd have to admit, whatever translation you attempt is just going to be wrong. Yeah, sure you might pass along some of the meaning but the experience? Not so much.

    oh, yeah, metric. It's ok.
     
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