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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 11-06-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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We should use both... Changing the Imperial system is changing a custom, but if your going into a career that uses frequent measuring, then get used to the metric system.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:53 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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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.
I agree, but I wonder if this is partly just my contrarian tendencies. Still if we switch to metric will lose so many neat trivia questions like "how many inches in a mile" or "how many square feet in an acre" or whatever.

Besides ten is an insignificant number in itself and has few divisions possible. In the case of twelve you have 2, 3, 4, and 6. Ten is just two and fine. It's only easy because we have ten fingers. If we were base 12 it wouldn't be
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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Besides ten is an insignificant number in itself and has few divisions possible. In the case of twelve you have 2, 3, 4, and 6. Ten is just two and fine. It's only easy because we have ten fingers. If we were base 12 it wouldn't be
So, now I'm in doubt ..Where Americans must go? To the plastic surgeon (to implant two fingers in each hand) or to the Metric?
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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So, now I'm in doubt ..Where Americans must go? To the plastic surgeon (to implant two fingers in each hand) or to the Metric?
Um...huh?
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Old 11-08-2009, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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Sorry!! I had made a mistake: we need just one finger more in each hand to have 12.

And why the plastic surgery in the post? It was to mean that the last post ("if we were base 12...." and "it's only easy because we have ten fingers") was based in hypothetical situations. But in the Real World we have ten fingers, number ten is easier to operate (1984567x12 or 1984567x10?) and Metric is easier than Imperial if you use each system ex novo. But if you're accustomed with Imperial, it's different, because it's hard to change.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:31 AM
 
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Just one quick question....

If the World (besides the ignorant back-water countries like the United States) are all using Metric, why does the World produce nearly all of its Plywood sheeting in the size of 1220mm by 2440mm? Wouldn't it be better to force them to make the sheeting in sizes like 1000mm by 2000mm?

No Metric System proponent has ever answered this question when I asked it. They all must be scared of the answer.
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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Just one quick question....

No Metric System proponent has ever answered this question when I asked it. They all must be scared of the answer.
And the answer is...
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:11 AM
 
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And the answer is...
Not yet...I'm going to give the metric faithful one last chance to answer the question on their own.

And I'm betting that they won't, because it points out an actual real-world problem with the metric system.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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I don't know metric is the more sensible one, but the imperial system is so ingrained in our society. It's so much easier for me measure speed in miles per hour, height in feet, or temperature in farenheit, and are we supposed to switch to a 100m football field. In Physics and other sciences it is so much easier to use the metric system though. I actually live 10min away from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) which decides these things. After my generation they can change it.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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<......listens for a reply from the metric faithful, but only hears silence.....>
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