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Originally Posted by NorthNJ
Metric is much easier and more useful! Just multiple by 10!
(1000 g = 1 kg, 100 cm = 1 meter etc.)
1 km  0.62 miles
1 cm  0.39 inches
1 kg  2.2 pounds
1 L  0.26 US Gallon
Metric makes sence... not US system.

Meters versus Inches/Feet/Yards:
One third of a foot is four inches. One third of a yard is one foot or twelve inches. One quarter (aka one fourth) of a foot is three inches. One quarter of a yard is three quarters of a foot or nine inches.
What's a third of a meter? 0.333333333333333333333333333333333........
In fact, some French construction workers have taken to using 1.2 meters as their standard of building measurement...it's just more
convenient for them.
How long is an inch? Roughly the length of the first joint of your thumb. How long is a foot? Roughly the length of your foot. How long is a yard? Roughly the length of draw of an English longbow.
How long is a meter?
Old definition: "1/10,000,000 the distance from the North Pole to the Equator, as measured on a meridian that passes through Paris". Until it was found that the Earth wasn't a perfect sphere.
New definition: "The meter is the length of the path travelled by light in a vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second". That's handy.
Kilometers versus miles:
Do a lot of conversions between centimeters and kilometers, do ya? I've never felt a need to convert between inches and miles.
In Michigan, the freeways have mile markers and the freeway exits are numbered by the closest mile market to that exit. If you're in your vehicle on the freeway travelling at 60 miles per hour (aka a mile a minute), and you know that you want to take Exit 270 to get to your destination, and you've just passed mile marker 223, then you know it's 47 minutes to your exit (270 miles  223 miles is 47 miles; at a mile a minute, it's 47 minutes).
Does the metric system work as nicely for this common day occurrence?
Celsius versus Fahrenheit:
Celsius  0 degrees is the freezing point of water, 100 degrees is the boiling point of water (at one standard atmosphere), useful for those who want to boil ice cubes at sealevel.
Fahrenheit  0 degrees means that it is really cold outside, 100 degrees means that it is really hot outside. 100 degrees Fahrenheit is also "roughly" the temperature of the human body.
People constantly ask each other "on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate [fill in the blank]". The metric equivalent of that convention is probably "on a scale of 17 to 37, how would you rate...".
Time Measurement:
60 seconds in a minute
60 minutes in an hour
24 hours in a day
7 days in a week
28,29,30, or 31 days in a month
12 months in a year
365.24~ days in a year
Metric equivalent? Seconds, milliseconds, nanoseconds, and...kiloseconds?
If the metric system makes "sence" why isn't time measurement metric in nations that use the metric system?