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View Poll Results: Which measurment system is overall better?
Metric/SI system 57 64.77%
Imperial/U.S. system 31 35.23%
Voters: 88. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-04-2009, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The 3rd is Liberia on the West African Coast.
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:53 AM
 
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Imperial..
Why? because i grew up on it.
I really can care less what the rest of the world uses.
Yep. Humans are creatures of habit. Aside from the science community, I think the rest of us would feel quite unhappy and inconvenienced if we were forced to give up the system we had been using all of our lives.
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Old 06-05-2009, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Metric is the most American system! The Colonial/Imperial system has the foot based on the shoe size of a 11th century English King--very un-American. Plus I thought we overthrew the British in the late 1700's, so why continue to use the oppressor's system?
Because we're used to it and it works.
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:19 AM
 
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The Imperial system evolved through use so is more user friendly. It is more a base 12 system. 12 is divisable by 2,3,4 and 6 while 10 is only divisable by 2 and 5 (base 16 would have been best). The metric system was concocted. No tradesman would ever come up with millimeters, certainly not before spectacles were invented, they are too hard to count. An inch is a wonderful thing. It can be divided into 1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32/1/64....it's binary!

Still, if I were dictator, I'd force the US to switch to metric for trade purposes.

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This is what I would have done. Keep the inch and make the foot 16 inches (2^4), dump the yard (tape measures make it obsolete) and make the mile 65536 inches (2^16, very close to the current mile)

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Old 06-05-2009, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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The 3rd is Liberia on the West African Coast.

Thanks for pointing that out. I couldn't see Liberia
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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People are used to the English system. If you were someone who had to use both systems on a regular basis, is becomes apparent which is the easier to use. Both systems have flaws but the metric system is far more standardized, anyone who deals with ISO should know this. In the long run we as a country could save a huge sum of money by switching over to this. Most of the world already has and for good reason. The metric system is good for trade, its good for manufacturing, and it is good for quality.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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People are used to the English system. If you were someone who had to use both systems on a regular basis, is becomes apparent which is the easier to use. Both systems have flaws but the metric system is far more standardized, anyone who deals with ISO should know this. In the long run we as a country could save a huge sum of money by switching over to this. Most of the world already has and for good reason. The metric system is good for trade, its good for manufacturing, and it is good for quality.

When you use both on a daily basis it is definetly much more apparent to see which is easier to use. I believe the United States would benefitly majorly if it was to metrify.
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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I like the present system and don't want to change. I could care less what the rest of the world uses.
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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One measurement system

One language

One religion

One music

One art

One people

One world

THE FUTURE!



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