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Old 05-29-2017, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Well, no one would use the 5/8th of an inch equivalent in metric. That's why standard and metric tools never match perfectly, because they don't try to match.
No, they'd just say "16.7132 cm" which frankly doesn't seem any more user friendly than 6 and 5/8s inches. I mean, let's be honest - it's not that one system is superior to another - it's just that they are different and each person relates more to one or the other based on where or how they were raised and what their career is now.

It would be nice if the whole world ran on one system of measurement, and currently different businesses and fields HAVE sorted things out and tend to be uniform throughout the world. But we're still a long way from a universally accepted system.
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Old 05-29-2017, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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That would be 6 and 5/8s inches. Which is roughly 16.7132 cm. Can't really see how either one is more user friendly than the other!
But you still need to calculate and account for that on your measuring tape, which has increasingly small markers for halfs, quarters, eighths, etc.


If I was doing metric, I'd go with 167 mm and just drop the rest...
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Old 05-29-2017, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Finland
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It would be nice if the whole world ran on one system of measurement, and currently different businesses and fields HAVE sorted things out and tend to be uniform throughout the world. But we're still a long way from a universally accepted system.
Uhm, just because the US, Burma and Liberia are the only countries which don't use the metric system doesn't mean it wouldn't be an universal system. 203 of 206 independent countries are pretty damn universal to me.

Besides, the science community, the US Armed Forces and NASA use the metric system.
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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The imperial units are good. I prefer saying 5'11 to saying 180 cm.
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Finland
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The imperial units are good. I prefer saying 5'11 to saying 180 cm.
I prefer metric because they don't teach anything else in school.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I prefer metric because they don't teach anything else in school.
1 inch = 2.54 cm
1 foot = 12 inches

Now you know everything about the imperial units (that matters).
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I prefer metric because they don't teach anything else in school.
Funny, that's the exact same reasons Americans only swear by Imperial! Because they already know it!
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The imperial units are good. I prefer saying 5'11 to saying 180 cm.
It's true that it does sound better in imperial.


Here we still have the expression "un grand de six pieds" (meaning literally a tall man of six feet).


In France they say something like "un grand mec d'un mètre quatre vingts". It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.


Or when you're doing something fast: "à cent milles à l'heure" (a hundred miles an hour).


In metric "a cent kilomètres à l'heure"... doesn't sound as good!


Even if other than for expressions as these, we always say our speeds in kmh here.
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Finland
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The Nordic Countries, Baltic Countries and Poland measure wind speed in m/s. That's the only "non-conforming" unit of measurement we use that I know of.

Sweden and Norway use commonly the "new mile", which is 10 km. In Finland this has fallen out of use.
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The Nordic Countries, Baltic Countries and Poland measure wind speed in m/s. That's the only "non-conforming" unit of measurement we use that I know of.

Sweden and Norway use commonly the "new mile", which is 10 km. In Finland this has fallen out of use.
Wouldn't you also use nautical miles in navigation? Does this count as "imperial"?
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