City-Data Forum I think someone stole our english-to-metric conversion kit. (important)
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04-08-2009, 05:22 PM
 Location: In The Outland 6,023 posts, read 11,949,461 times Reputation: 3535

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 Originally Posted by Ghengis I've been washing out my liquor bottles to pour my milk into so that I was conforming, but you need more than two of the 1.75 liter bottles to pour the gallon milk into and how much booze can one guy drink?
That is freaking weird at the very least. Are you afraid the "metric police" will come and lock you up for not drinking your milk from a metric container ?

04-08-2009, 06:50 PM
 Location: Ohio 16,843 posts, read 33,318,488 times Reputation: 13698
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 Originally Posted by John Shaft There just isn't a ton of interest in converting. I mean, there's not 800 kilograms of interest.
28.35 grams of preventions is worth 0.45 kilograms of cure.

04-09-2009, 03:31 PM
 Location: In The Outland 6,023 posts, read 11,949,461 times Reputation: 3535
It's up to each person to use what ever system they want. We don't use Roman Numerals thank God ! And as a retired machinist, my measuring instruments were in Standard English measurement system until you start dealing with dimensions under one inch. At that point the inch is divided into thousandths of an inch. Those thousandths of an inch are divided into into ten thousandths of an inch increments and those are referred to as "Tenths". The speedometer on my rig has KM speeds marked so I can't for the life of me imagine why anyone really cares who's systems we use or how fast we convert completly to a decimal based method of metering in our country. I have better things to let my skivvies get all twisted up over.

04-09-2009, 03:52 PM
 Location: Rochester, NY 1,293 posts, read 4,344,594 times Reputation: 359
There are many reasons the metic system should be used. The first and formost, simplicity.

For example:

1mm = 0.1cm = .001meter

1mg = 0.001g = .000001kg
or
1kg = 1000g = 100000mg

with metric, its a matter of moving the decimal around

now the english system
1 foot = 12inches = 0.333yards
5280ft per mile
4 cups in a quart
16oz in a pound
4 cups in a quart

theres a million conversions you have to remember.

04-09-2009, 04:50 PM
 Location: Southern Minnesota 5,990 posts, read 11,606,721 times Reputation: 3235
Aviation already uses a combination of the U.S. and metric systems. It's confusing to say the least, and necessitates a calculator to do all of the conversions.

04-09-2009, 05:48 PM
 Location: Greater PDX 1,018 posts, read 3,734,780 times Reputation: 941
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 Originally Posted by Bowie 28.35 grams of preventions is worth 0.45 kilograms of cure.
Funny. I should be able to get a lot of kilometerage out of that joke.

04-09-2009, 06:09 PM
 Location: Western Hoosierland 18,264 posts, read 7,312,039 times Reputation: 5943
From what I read on a link that someone posted on here earlier it looks like slowly but surely we are converting over to the metric system.

04-09-2009, 06:47 PM
 Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon 15,595 posts, read 17,862,515 times Reputation: 31057
Whoop-de-freakin'-doo.

You don't have to deal with conversions if you job is conducted in metric and your life is conducted in English measurements. I switch between the two quite easily because they operate in totally different paradigms.

ABQConvict

04-09-2009, 08:06 PM
 Location: Bel Air, California 21,481 posts, read 22,049,696 times Reputation: 33864
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 Originally Posted by rickers That is freaking weird at the very least. Are you afraid the "metric police" will come and lock you up for not drinking your milk from a metric container ?
No! I pour the milk into a glass than drink it.

Are there Metric Police?! Are they in some type of uniform so that I can see them coming?

Do you think if I labeled my containers "x - liters" they would move on? If I crawled under my car and labeled my gas tank "61.875 liters" would they cut me some slack for pouring gallons of gas into it? Or should I do the conversion while the gas is pumping and announce the liters as they are going in?

Stupid Metric Police.

04-10-2009, 01:29 AM
 Location: still in exile...... 29,910 posts, read 8,645,359 times Reputation: 5904
Basically....

1 meter= 3.28 feet
1 mile= 1.6 km

And converting from Fahrenheit to Celsius.....there is a much easier thing I do than that really long formula they tell you to do at school. Basically for every Celsius, it's 1.8 Fahrenheit. So 1 degree Celsius would be 33.8 fahrenheit, 2 degrees is 35.6 fahrenheit, 10 degrees is 50, 20 is 68, and so on and so forth. You can just use this if you're traveling to a foreign country and are looking at the weather forecasts. If you see a high of 4 celsius....it's basically like a high of 40 degrees fahrenheit, so you know to bring a jacket to dress up for it.
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