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|View Poll Results: Should the Metric System be implemented in America?|
|Yes, it should!||77||52.38%|
|No, keep it the way it is, dangit!||60||40.82%|
|I'm not from America.||5||3.40%|
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|08-24-2006, 10:17 PM||#22 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Southern Maine
No doubt, metric is a better system. But switching over is tough
For example, every year, I travel to Ireland to visit family, and such. Ireland has, for the last 20 years, by trying to switch to the metric system.
For the most part, it was a failure. Just 5-6 years ago, they still used MPH for speed, and pounds for weight, even though it was against the law.
Gradually, the east (dublin) switched, but the west lagged behind creating choas for years.
Just recently ALL speed limits were supposed to be in metrics, but naturally my RENTAL used MPH!!
|08-25-2006, 09:09 AM||#25 (permalink)|
I cannot find a logical argument that would demonstrate any advantage of the Standard English System over the Metic System, aside from the fact that Standard English is something that everyone in America is already familiar with.
I teach a college chemistry class, and it is not uncommon for it to serve as the students' first real exposure to metric. I always tell them that if one defines "normal" as what most people do and few do not do, then it is their opportunity to learn how "normal" people handle measurement.
|08-25-2006, 09:10 AM||#26 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
I've used both most of my life. Most speedometers in cars have both, My tool set has both, and I can eyeball (usually) whether it is a metric or english size, and what size wrench the bolt is. However, I don't like kilometers, and I don't like Celsius. In fact I really hate Celcius, it just doesn't sound right when you are talking about temperature, it always seems cold. Kilometers take all the fun out of going 100MPH, 100KPH is only like 60MPH.. It's like inflation..
They shoulda used one of the already standard english measurements (like a mile, or something) and just dvided it into segments of ten.
The celsius temp could have been set up so it lined up a little better, why pick the frezzing temp of water? Kelvin makes more sense if you want a real measurement..
Bleah, anyways, I loke them all, I dont think we should abandon the english system. It works just fine, and as long as engineers use the same units as the scientists, space ships won't crash. Scientists need to get off thier high horse about metric and realize that alot of engineers designing things for them still use english, and engineers need to relaize that the customer may need things done in metric. All of that would be solved by communication..
|08-25-2006, 02:28 PM||#27 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Northern California
Multiples of four instead of ten. Halves, quarters, eighths, etc.
More similar to a clock with quarter hours and such. Twelve hours... twelve inches.
Worked well back in the day of hay bail and feed stock trading.
|08-25-2006, 02:34 PM||#28 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Albany. NY
Keith.. you also have several hundred years worth of deeds that are in feet and acres. Each time you change a deed/legal description it has to be reviewed and signed by a surveyor. otherwise it's not legal.
That's a pia enough for me to say stay with English units.
|08-25-2006, 03:19 PM||#29 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
The switch went pretty well here in Canada. II do remember hearing it was extremely expensive to make the transition in terms of signage and legal documentation. I was one of the first generations to be taught completely in metric, the hardest part for me is that when it comes to woodworking everything is still done in Imperial measurements. Since the first part of my career had to do with carpentry I'm more comfortable using Imperial for measurements, but when it comes to speed and distance travelled km's are easier. Just remember 1 inch is ~25mm (25.4 to be exact) and 1 foot is 304.8mm. I get to convert back and forth all day at work so it gets easier with practice.
|08-25-2006, 03:28 PM||#30 (permalink)|
Shiny. Let's be bad guys
Is it a simpler system? Yes
But I say we keep at least ONE thing that's nice and American!!
To hell w/ being a citizen of the world, keep my measurements!
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