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03-13-2014, 05:10 PM
 Location: in here, out there 3,065 posts, read 5,276,562 times Reputation: 5109

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 Originally Posted by burgler09 I think instead, the world should switch to be like the United States. When you climb a mountain, you go more feet than meters. It sounds better. On a hot day, you can complain that it is well above 100 and not half that. Flying at 35,000ft feels higher. Do you see the advantages yet?
Yes, these are nice, but I prefer to measure my feet (and other things) in centimeters. It makes them seem bigger.

03-13-2014, 05:18 PM
 Location: Bel Air, California 20,344 posts, read 20,415,914 times Reputation: 31583
I like the annoyance it generates of those without anything better to complain about, if we could harness that energy we could power up a slew of giant Whining Machines

03-13-2014, 05:21 PM
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What many people don't know is that the English system is now defined as a subset of the metric system. For example, the inch is officially defined as 25.4cm.

The metric system is also a more logical system of measurement and is based on common items. For example: 1 gram of water = 1 cubic cm of water, 1000 cubic cm = 1 liter. Scaling moves up and down in units of 1000 -> 1000 mm = 1 m, 1000 m = 1 km. As opposed to the English system where 12in = 1ft, 3ft=1 y, 1760 yard = 1 mile. It is also far easier to have a system of wrenches or sizes based on 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18... versus 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 9/32, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, .... That is the reason that most engineering, science and manufacturing have moved over to metric. It is only consumer products that still use the English system. Even in those case, it's not uncommon for the item to be metric but marked as the closest English unit.

What is surprising is the the US still hangs on to a system that was originally based on the body measurement of a King they revolted against.

03-13-2014, 05:30 PM
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 Originally Posted by nealrm What many people don't know is that the English system is now defined as a subset of the metric system. For example, the inch is officially defined as 25.4cm. The metric system is also a more logical system of measurement and is based on common items. For example: 1 gram of water = 1 cubic cm of water, 1000 cubic cm = 1 liter. Scaling moves up and down in units of 1000 -> 1000 mm = 1 m, 1000 m = 1 km. As opposed to the English system where 12in = 1ft, 3ft=1 y, 1760 yard = 1 mile. It is also far easier to have a system of wrenches or sizes based on 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18... versus 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 9/32, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, .... That is the reason that most engineering, science and manufacturing have moved over to metric. It is only consumer products that still use the English system. Even in those case, it's not uncommon for the item to be metric but marked as the closest English unit. What is surprising is the the US still hangs on to a system that was originally based on the body measurement of a King they revolted against.
Uuuh; I'm sure you mean't 2.54 cm. to the inch and therein lies the root of the point being made for error mitigation.

03-13-2014, 06:37 PM
 Location: M I N N E S O T A 14,805 posts, read 16,980,066 times Reputation: 8981
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 Originally Posted by Ghengis I like the annoyance it generates of those without anything better to complain about, if we could harness that energy we could power up a slew of giant Whining Machines
I wonder how long its going to take for them to discover the centimeter side of their rulers

03-13-2014, 10:21 PM
 Location: Viña del Mar, Chile 16,416 posts, read 25,194,987 times Reputation: 16464
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 Originally Posted by iNviNciBL3 I wonder how long its going to take for them to discover the centimeter side of their rulers
I scratch that side off because it's fascist and anti-american

03-14-2014, 12:15 AM
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This question has been beaten to death, markovian process. Look here and the Politics forum for them. Lots of topics on the same exact thing

03-14-2014, 12:18 AM
 Location: Oslo, NO 5,036 posts, read 5,515,026 times Reputation: 3806
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 Originally Posted by burgler09 I think instead, the world should switch to be like the United States. When you climb a mountain, you go more feet than meters. It sounds better. On a hot day, you can complain that it is well above 100 and not half that. Flying at 35,000ft feels higher. Do you see the advantages yet?
Yes, bigger numbers are cooler.

200 km/h sounds better than 124 mph
500 Nm sounds better than 368 ft lb

03-14-2014, 10:03 AM
 Location: Melbourne, Australia 9,783 posts, read 15,328,540 times Reputation: 2833
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 Originally Posted by burgler09 Who does it actually affect besides some tourists? lol It would be stupid to change, because it would have no benefit on the country.
It's just less consistent, logical and easy to use. I mean 1/64 of an inch, seriously? From a kilometre to a millimetre, and a millilitre to a litre, metric is just a cinch to learn and use. The old units are just archaic and unwieldly.

03-14-2014, 10:48 AM
 Location: Bel Air, California 20,344 posts, read 20,415,914 times Reputation: 31583
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 Originally Posted by The Postman It's just less consistent, logical and easy to use. I mean 1/64 of an inch, seriously? From a kilometre to a millimetre, and a millilitre to a litre, metric is just a cinch to learn and use. The old units are just archaic and unwieldly.
I can picture the distance of 1/64" clearly in my mind, 1 millimeter...I dunno....all I see is a bug with a bunch of legs sticking out the sides...makes no sense to try and measure anything with a squirmy bug.
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