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View Poll Results: Should the United States convert to the metric system?
Yes, almost the whole world use the metric system! 36 43.90%
We should use both! 6 7.32%
Nah, Imperial is better 34 41.46%
I don't care 6 7.32%
Voters: 82. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-02-2009, 01:07 PM
 
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The World is becoming a much smaller place and for that reason the U.S. will change to the metric system eventually.

I'm an American who thinks we should do it yesterday. A system based on multiples of 10 is pretty easy to wrap your mind around.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The imperial system makes us unique and makes us look smarter since its so confusing to people who don't use it. Anyone can use the metric system easily. Plus Im so used to gas being measured in gallons, it will throw so many people off to start randomly measuring it in liters. I think Everything is fine how it is, doesn't need to be changed. That will just cause unnecessary confusion, time and money consumption.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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But it is 'broken' American companies are at a complete disadvantage because now They are the only ones in the world that are force to buy and use English and Metric tools and hardware. They have twice the cost to keep up in making products. If they only use and design in Metric, they can make more profit.
Yep because heaven knows there are no cars that were made in the US that were sold overseas with SAE fasteners.
And the ones that slipped out have to be shipped back to the States where the Mechanics have a stranglehold on all the SAE tools.

That old argument you posted just doesn't hold water.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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Liters, Meters, kilometers, nice words ...
Easier multiplications...
All around the world, not conversion...easier for USA, easier for the world.

It's not the same thing, but remember UK driving on the left...a bit freak.

But people don't want to change behaviours. It's normal. If I was american, I'd do the same.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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I missed this first time around, so will add this article to the mix: Go Metric
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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Liters, Meters, kilometers, nice words ...
Easier multiplications...
All around the world, not conversion...easier for USA, easier for the world.

It's not the same thing, but remember UK driving on the left...a bit freak.

But people don't want to change behaviours. It's normal. If I was american, I'd do the same.
In elementary schools (and I assume middle and high schools as well), we teach measurement both ways...so maybe the next generation will at least be more familiar with both.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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In elementary schools (and I assume middle and high schools as well), we teach measurement both ways...so maybe the next generation will at least be more familiar with both.
We've taught it for years though. I was in grade school 35+ years ago and was taught the metric system. Had it all through High School as well, but it doesn't seem like the US is any closer to common usage than it was back then.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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We've taught it for years though. I was in grade school 35+ years ago and was taught the metric system. Had it all through High School as well, but it doesn't seem like the US is any closer to common usage than it was back then.
You're really old...well, actually we're about the same age.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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You're really old...well, actually we're about the same age.
LOL

Thanks I think
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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Don't worry, you two! I met in the High School Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble
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