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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, 07:48 AM
 
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Considering how practically all infrastructure of this country is built around the US customary, I really doubt that switching to Metric will ever happen. In my city (Chicago) for example, our streets are a furlong in distance and 8 of them make a mile. If we had to convert to kilometers everyone here would be completely confused and we would get nowhere. Also, everyone would have to scrap their measuring tools.

I doubt the US will ever change. I mean, we are THAT much deep in the hole.
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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The U.S. will switch to metric if we ever stop being on top of the global economy. Even then, it will likely take a few decades to become politically palatable.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: The South
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I went to the booze store last night and bought a liter of Jack Daniels. Everything in the store was in metric except the clock.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Considering how practically all infrastructure of this country is built around the US customary, I really doubt that switching to Metric will ever happen. In my city (Chicago) for example, our streets are a furlong in distance and 8 of them make a mile. If we had to convert to kilometers everyone here would be completely confused and we would get nowhere. Also, everyone would have to scrap their measuring tools.

I doubt the US will ever change. I mean, we are THAT much deep in the hole.
Why would switching confuse everyone? The streets would still be where they currently are. They would still have the same names. Why would people become confused?
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:20 AM
 
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Why would switching confuse everyone? The streets would still be where they currently are. They would still have the same names. Why would people become confused?
Because in my city, at least, you use the 8 blocks to a mile system to know how far you are.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Because in my city, at least, you use the 8 blocks to a mile system to know how far you are.
8 blocks will then be 1.6 kilometers.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:49 AM
 
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Why would switching confuse everyone? The streets would still be where they currently are. They would still have the same names. Why would people become confused?
Silly Eric. We would then have metric streets and they are smaller. Our big SUVs and trucks will not fit right on them.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:44 AM
 
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I don't see that happening in the foreseeable future.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I stand to make a killing, I've patented and have been cleverly stockpiling, adhesive strips that people will be able to convert their rulers and yardsticks so they don't have to rush out and buy the new measuring implements

all those ruler and yardstick companies that have been retooling their factories will be in for a rude awakening come M-Day
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Considering how practically all infrastructure of this country is built around the US customary, I really doubt that switching to Metric will ever happen.

... Also, everyone would have to scrap their measuring tools.
Its not as bad as it sounds and most people are just too ignorant and don't realize it. For example, if you go to a Home Depot and buy a two by four piece of lumber, what people call "2x4" is actually 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches and not a 2x4. Go ahead and try to measure it next time you are in a hardware store, with any lumber sizes.

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