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Old 01-05-2015, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Actually, the whole world, except for the USA, uses the Metric measurement system. Oh and that other world leader in high technology, Myanmar. Formerly known as Burma. Two out of 213 countries. Sort of makes the USA look out of step, doesn't it ?

Jim B. In Toronto.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:19 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Hey Jim...just because Canada uses the metric system makes the US out of step? Like the Maple Leafs forwards and their passing?
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I wouldn't mind the metric system if it were standardized here too. But as it stands, it's completely useless to us. Liters is another one that chaps my bum.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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OneToGo.

Nice try..........I was pointing out that the US stands alone in the world, in the use of Imperial measurement. Did you ever consider how much extra money US based auto techs spend to maintain two compete sets of hand tools, one in inch fractions, and the other in metric sizes ? Or the cost to American manufacturers, to stock two sets of fasteners, one for the domestic market, and another type for export products, in metric ?

Just a few of the examples that I can point to.

Jim b. In Toronto.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Tierra del Encanto
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OneToGo.

Nice try..........I was pointing out that the US stands alone in the world, in the use of Imperial measurement. Did you ever consider how much extra money US based auto techs spend to maintain two compete sets of hand tools, one in inch fractions, and the other in metric sizes ? Or the cost to American manufacturers, to stock two sets of fasteners, one for the domestic market, and another type for export products, in metric ?

Just a few of the examples that I can point to.

Jim b. In Toronto.
^^He's right. We're out of step with the rest of the world and it's time we caught up. So a sign has miles and kilometers. Big deal. How much more gently can we ease into this?
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:18 PM
 
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Here's a guide to where metric signs exist elsewhere in the US:

Metric signs on roads in the U.S.
That's extremely interesting. Glad to see the sign in question on that list!
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Old 01-06-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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The metric measurement system is based on units of 10.

The Imperial system is made up of odd numbers and is not logical. A kilometre has 1000 metres in it. A mile has 5,280 feet in it. Which makes more sense to you ?

Jim B. In Toronto.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:34 PM
 
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The metric measurement system is based on units of 10.

The Imperial system is made up of odd numbers and is not logical. A kilometre has 1000 metres in it. A mile has 5,280 feet in it. Which makes more sense to you ?

Jim B. In Toronto.
At least we can approximate highway driving to be about 1 mile/minute.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:36 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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At least we can approximate highway driving to be about 1 mile/minute.
Let him have his fun. I do though commend Canada for dumping the penny a few years ago.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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Let him have his fun. I do though commend Canada for dumping the penny a few years ago.
Did they give them all to the US? I sometimes get Canadian pennies in change.
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