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Old 04-25-2007, 05:51 PM
 
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We are far overdue for going metric. That is all I have to say.

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Old 04-25-2007, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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My self, I hate math, but I use the conversion tables ..Maybe if they took those away, we would learn.
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:25 PM
 
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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Because this is America son...................... That's why!


gosh.................. next you'll want to change over to the Euro and have us all eating falafle.





no really....................... cause it's so haaaaard that's why
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Because this is America son...................... That's why!


gosh.................. next you'll want to change over to the Euro and have us all eating falafle.





no really....................... cause it's so haaaaard that's why
It's actually much easier than the Imperial System (what we currently use). I suspect it has a great deal to do with just how difficult it would be to adjust our entire culture around the metric system (distances on highway signs, weights on product packaging, etc.) I use the metric system quite a bit, and it would probably make our trips to Canada just a bit easier.
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I remember years ago in the FL legislature this came up. One hick legislator said that only drug dealers and nurses use the metric system.
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:54 PM
 
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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I remember years ago in the FL legislature this came up. One hick legislator said that only drug dealers and nurses use the metric system.
I bet he took a kilo of s....t for that one
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:14 AM
 
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Default you got that right

I just wanted to start this blog because it seems inevitable that we will convert. But the longer we wait, the more expensive it will be. There are only two other (third world) countries that still are not using the metric system. It's a pain in the ass for us (because we have to use two systems) and everyone, worldwide.
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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I agree we should defenitely move to the metric system. It is so much more logical, and the rest of the world uses it.

While were at it we should also switch are language to german, or something more logical. JK. English is a wierd language.
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:52 AM
 
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if the rest of the world spoke german, maybe that would be a good idea.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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It's actually much easier than the Imperial System (what we currently use).
Actually we do not use the Imperial system--we use English measurements. The Imperial system is used by the United Kingdom and former non-metric Commonwealth nations (most use metric anyway). The difference between our system and their system is that Imperial reformed the English measures.

Some differences:
  • A British pint is more than 500 mL; the English (U.S.) Pint is less than 500 mL. (Try not to get in a brawl at the pub. )
  • Until 1959, distance measurements were different with the U.S. measures slightly longer than Imperial. A treaty resolved the differences and specified the new measures using metric units.
  • The Imperial system uses stone and the famous tonne (used erroneously as a metric tonne--the correct one: Megagram (symbol: Mg NOT mg=miiligram. Watch the caps!).
We only share the distance measurements (anything involving a ruler) since 1959 and the Fahrenheit temperature scale.

Did you know that we signed the Treaty of the Meter in 1866?

Please make some NOISE on this issue with our government officials like the immigration issue. America deserves a republican measuring system NOT a monarchist one! Show that we respect science and math. Demand a switch to metric NOW and declare our independence from Great Britain! Waiting will only make the process more complicated as technology advances. No one should stop us towards freedom from the king's foot. Don't let the king stomp his foot on us!

What if we switched to the Gregorian Calendar now INSTEAD in 1752? Don't you notice how hard it would be to replace the calendar? Britain still has a problem figuring out when taxes are due because the traditional date is in Julian. Can you imagine the mess to translate the dates in American history from Julian to Gregorian. In fact it is a rule that English events are not to be translated to Gregorian. That SUCKS!!!
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