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

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Howdy,

    I was thinking, wouldn't it be better if the USA finally adopted the International System of Units?

    Because...



    So, what do you think?
    I think the world should adapt to the US.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    I think the world should adapt to the US.
    Care to back up your statement?

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

    We did try this in the late 1970s. As a kid I remember having speed limits in miles/hr and km/hr. But between the machinist unions who did not want to buy new metric tools and the elderly that went against it and it was dropped.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Serious View Post
    We did try this in the late 1970s. As a kid I remember having speed limits in miles/hr and km/hr. But between the machinist unions who did not want to buy new metric tools and the elderly that went against it and it was dropped.
    The Queen must have been pleased.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Nah, I'm old skool. I like to see MILES roll along when I am driving. Kilometers sound so prissy. LOL
    the Brits still use miles don't they?

    Its been a couple of years, but I seem to remember thinking it quaint that they were so old fashioned ....

    They use metric measurements on other things eg - nobody buys a pound of butter (instead they buy a more generous 500g), and I seem to remember buying petrol in litres

    If you are really attached to miles, there's no reason to give them up
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by marywollstonecraft View Post
    the Brits still use miles don't they?

    Its been a couple of years, but I seem to remember thinking it quaint that they were so old fashioned ....

    They use metric measurements on other things eg - nobody buys a pound of butter (instead they buy a more generous 500g), and I seem to remember buying petrol in litres

    If you are really attached to miles, there's no reason to give them up
    I was being facetious. I really don't care one way or the other.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart View Post
    Actually we still use feet for height for some reason.
    no we don't. Officially we use metric.

    But .... I think of myself as 5'6" and get confused when I have to think about height in metric .... whereas a lot of younger people seem to be bilingual on this.
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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.
    That's not even comparable.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    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.
    In the US when someone writes 07/22 or 1/20 or 12/13 then it is known that they are talking about the month/day. No one goes around asking what month and year is it? They more often ask what month/day is it?
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Hey, I was just in Franklin Park 30 minutes ago! My internship site is there. Freaky, considering that you're half a world away and it was just a random picture presumably grabbed on a google search.

    Anyway, using that one can, we could figure out conversions for all three different systems of volume measurement. And we can make ourselves aware of the difference so that we could think in three different units of measurement.
    Franklin Park fuel can ... the Rosetta Stone of measurement systems
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