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View Poll Results: Do you think the US will switch to Metric, ever?
It will eventually happen 15 35.71%
Ha! 27 64.29%
Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-18-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Denver - the mile high city. Guess they would need a new slogan. The 1.6 km high city doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Anyone know a city with the elevation of about 3280 ft? It could be the new kilometer high city.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I have to laugh at Canadians
he is right
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Denver - the mile high city. Guess they would need a new slogan. The 1.6 km high city doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Anyone know a city with the elevation of about 3280 ft? It could be the new kilometer high city.
you don't have to change nicknames. In Europe, people use inches for TV and monitor screen size.

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Old 11-18-2014, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Montréal & New York area
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Denver - the mile high city. Guess they would need a new slogan. The 1.6 km high city doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Anyone know a city with the elevation of about 3280 ft? It could be the new kilometer high city.
No need to change names.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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I've always wondered why the (English) guys on Top Gear still talk about "miles per hour."

My main objection to the metric system is aesthetic. The words are long, awkward and ugly. Millimeter, kilogram, deciliter, ugh. At least inch, mile, pound, gallon sound like English.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:15 AM
 
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I don't know but I hope not.
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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I've always wondered why the (English) guys on Top Gear still talk about "miles per hour."

My main objection to the metric system is aesthetic. The words are long, awkward and ugly. Millimeter, kilogram, deciliter, ugh. At least inch, mile, pound, gallon sound like English.
We are not fully metric. The imperial system is still widely used by the public.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:25 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Not going to happen, at least in my lifetime. We were told as school children in the early sixties that the metric system was coming and would be here by 1970, latest. See how that worked. Ironically, most aviation IFR flight levels worldwide are assigned in feet ASL. Major countries that I'm familiar with that use metric assignments are Russia and I believe China. Kind of nice to have everyone playing with the same ball when you're talking air traffic
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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We were told as school children in the early sixties that the metric system was coming and would be here by 1970, latest.
We were told the same thing, in the later 1970s. We eight-year-olds stared sullenly at the lists of meters, liters, grams, and I remember several kids muttering about how they were not either going to use this stuff.
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Not going to happen, at least in my lifetime. We were told as school children in the early sixties that the metric system was coming and would be here by 1970, latest. See how that worked. Ironically, most aviation IFR flight levels worldwide are assigned in feet ASL. Major countries that I'm familiar with that use metric assignments are Russia and I believe China. Kind of nice to have everyone playing with the same ball when you're talking air traffic
Russia switched to Western flight level system since 2011.
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