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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Oh yeah, I'm sure you do your physics work in imperial units. How many ounces of propane do you need to combust to put out 20000 british thermal units?
    I use American Thermal Units.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    No we shouldn't. That's actually the least useful way of organizing a date. Yes, the increments are in order from smallest to largest, but that's the only thing it's got going for it.

    The m/d/y system we currently use is quicker and easier to say. 'July twenty-second twenty-thirteen' is quicker than 'the twenty-second of july twenty-thirteen'. The second version has a couple extra words stuck in there.

    If we want to be more logical, it makes far more sense to write dates y/m/d, since that way, the numbers that make up the date will always increment.
    m/d/y is the stupidest way to do it and makes absolutely no sense. And ive been to countries where the use d/m/y and no one ever says twenty second of july. The would say twenty two july. Another problem with m/d/y is that suppose you want to say july 13th. You would right do 07/13 right? Well is that july 13th or july 2013. If you did d/m/y it would be 13/7 and it would make sense to someone reading it. You are right about y/m/d but only a few countries use it. The whole world uses d/m/y and i dont know why some americans think we are special and not conform to the rest of the world.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    The metric system is for people who can't do fractions.
    Is that why the metric system is used by all scientists. Are they all dumb?
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Yes, we probably should, but I'm too old to change my habits now, so I'd appreciate them waiting until I'm dead to do so.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    The rational part of me says that SI is so much more reasonable than the imperial system, and that we should switch over to it. The irrational part of me likes standing out and hates conforming to the rest of the world just because what they use is better. It just kind of feels unamerican to even suggest it.
    I prefer the Imperial system like all good Sith.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Maybe we should start putting our steering wheels on the other side of our cars too.
    Only if we start driving on the left side o f the road, which not many metric using counteries do.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    I don't disagree with the idea that we need to switch, but at a down economic time like this, the logistics just don't make sense. The amount of spending to re-educating people, fixing all road signs etc. would cost the government billions it simply doesn't have. If we were turning surpluses year after year I would be all for this, but right now we have better things to do with our money.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Go ask a random person on the street how many feet are in a mile, 95% will....
    ....pull out their smart phone and google the answer for you, then look at you like you're stupid for not googling it yourself instead of asking them.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Eh, if the US wants to continue to stand proudly defiant against conversion then it's no skin off my nose. My Country converted to the metric system before i was born. I'm ok with whatever you guys want to do. I'm already used to writing the date backwards here, talking in Farenheit rather than Celcius, reading about miles rather than Km and cooking threads that have pounds and ounces rather than grams.

    I'm also pretty good at putting a Z in words that i would usually spell with a S.

    So you fine folks just carry on with whatever you want to do. I've got it covered both ways!


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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    Eh, if the US wants to continue to stand proudly defiant against conversion then it's no skin off my nose. My Country converted to the metric system before i was born. I'm ok with whatever you guys want to do. I'm already used to writing the date backwards here, talking in Farenheit rather than Celcius, reading about miles rather than Km and cooking threads that have pounds and ounces rather than grams.

    I'm also pretty good at putting a Z in words that i would usually spell with a S.

    So you fine folks just carry on with whatever you want to do. I've got it covered both ways!

    No, YOU write the date backwards, we were just kind enough to teach you the right way!
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