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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    I don't really care to verify.. but... it seems I recall that it was done about then.... It didn't survive... maybe a frog resentment... ( that's a funny )

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    No fog. The metric system was pushed pretty heavily in school through the 70's and we even had a few highway signs posting in Kilometers. People generally hated it and it didn't last long except for in the sciences where it kind of makes sense.

    Edit - I must admit, however, that driving 240KPH sure sounded a lot more cool than just going 150.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    No fog. The metric system was pushed pretty heavily in school through the 70's and we even had a few highway signs posting in Kilometers. People generally hated it and it didn't last long except for in the sciences where it kind of makes sense.

    Edit - I must admit, however, that driving 240KPH sure sounded a lot more cool than just going 150.
    Yeah, KPH does sound like you're "cookin' along" ... The "frog" comment was in reference to its French origin.... Thinkin' on it, I don't recall a distance sign South of Tucson, headin' for Nogales, in Miles... only kilometers... The Fed and ADOT are a stubborn lot.... : )

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    We should but I hope it is after I'm gone.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    The rest of the world uses it. Medical professions use it. The sciences use it. NASA couldn't figure it out however and lost a Mars lander a decade ago though...
    Canada adopted the metric system decades ago and still pretty much everything in commerce is posted in both imperial and metric, particularly any item that is sold by weight.

    Ask any Canadian to tell you how much they weigh or how tall they are in metric figures and they'll become apoplectic.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    The public is stupid and wrong. The metric system is objectively superior and should be transitioned to.
    Ah, gotta love the left's idea of freedom government for the people, by the people - perhaps you could let us all know what we should be having for dinner tonight too, since we're all stupid and we'll probably get it wrong.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    The rest of the world uses it. Medical professions use it. The sciences use it. NASA couldn't figure it out however and lost a Mars lander a decade ago though...
    Yeah, when the country that started the imperial measurement system goes metric, and you're still on imperial, you know it's time to change.


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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Since I tend to like acccuracy, just to make clear: the mars rover lost was not lost because NASA could not figure out metrics. It was lost because during the process of making the rover, one contractor thought the unit measurements where in English units, resulting in a mismatch.

    Edit: to quote from the source you linked in the post while I typed mine:



    That is not a failure to understand metrics.
    It's funny how the inventor of the Imperial Unit...no longer uses the Imperial Unit.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Going metric sounds easy until you consider all the machinery that would need to be retooled in such a way as to calibrate in metric. The costs would be absolutely staggering. The housing collapse of a few years ago would look like a drop in the bucket in comparison.
    Nah, just make all now things in metric only. The old system will die out with time.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    So,how would this be accomplished,say, for lumber mills or metal hardware manufacturers?

    I'd suggest a walk through your local Home Depot or Lowes to get an idea of all that would have to be changed.
    As an employee of such a mill, it would simplify my job tremendously. I'm a QC lab tech, when I measure samples the length and width are in inches, but thickness, weight and mass is metric. Water absorption is metric. Elasticity is metric but force required to brake is in pounds. Some machines report oil temp and steam pressure in Fahrenheit, others in Celsius. Some have adjustable settings (such as saw positions) in fractions of an inch, while an identical sister machine is in centimeters.

    Going all metric would be a godsend.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Ah, gotta love the left's idea of freedom government for the people, by the people - perhaps you could let us all know what we should be having for dinner tonight too, since we're all stupid and we'll probably get it wrong.
    Dinner is not an objective choice, it's a subjective one. If you're still confused, I can explain the difference to you.

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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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