View Poll Results: Why isnt the US on the metric system?

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  • The public is too stupid to change

    13 33.33%
  • Conservatives. Its why we cant have good things.

    9 23.08%
  • Liberals. Its why we cant have good things

    1 2.56%
  • The rest of the world should switch to the US system!

    3 7.69%
  • The downside of change is greater than the upside, and I'm a short term thinker.

    0 0%
  • Who needs the metric system? My moms basement is all in inches.

    2 5.13%
  • I have no idea. Not changing is absolutely stupid.

    14 35.90%
  • Its a French idea.

    3 7.69%
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Thread: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen.Seven View Post
    It's the false allure that somehow the metric sounds smarter just because it is generally used in the sciences. It's just an arbitrary convention, and different trades use their own systems/units to make their own concerns more manageable.
    Look at it this way.... NO ONE has ever gone to the metric system and gone back to the Imperial system because it was 'more manageable'. No one.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Ever heard of the saying if it ain't broke then don't fix it? Besides the US is on top,so why should we be like the rest of the world?
    The people who drive the economic status of the US, scientists, innovators, engineers, all use the metric system.

    The rest of the people, don't.

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Ever heard of the saying if it ain't broke then don't fix it? Besides the US is on top,so why should we be like the rest of the world?
    The U.S. isn't a hipster, literally everyone else in the world uses it.

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    Yes we understand all that. But Fahrenheit is the best scale suited to describing weather.
    Arguable.

    I read your prior statements including the long one at #78 or smth.

    While true, for weather maybe Fahrenheit is better, as in, public information about weather. The weatherman on tv telling people if it's gonna be hot or warm.

    But for calculation, celcius is better. So for scientific weather predictions, temperature calculations, etc, celcius is better. It also makes calculation conversions to and from kelvin a lot easier and more precise than with fahrenheit.

    But then again, nobody cares about the weather that much. I mean, when the weatherman tells me that it's gonna be a maximum of 26 degrees, I know how to dress. It doesn't impact me. It's not like if it turns out to be 28 degrees that I'd melt if I were dressed for 26degrees C. So the advantage, if you wanna call it, of F over C from this perspective is minimalist while the advantage of C in everything else is obvious.

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Metric should be adopted, perhaps except military equipment.

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Metric should be adopted, perhaps except military equipment.
    I would imagine that a lot of the more modern equipment already is, anything built overseas or built in the U.S. for an overseas market would also be metric. The military will have to change to, every other military in the world uses it.

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    I would imagine that a lot of the more modern equipment already is, anything built overseas or built in the U.S. for an overseas market would also be metric. The military will have to change to, every other military in the world uses it.
    You clearly miss the point.

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    You clearly miss the point.
    What point is that?

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    What point is that?
    I'm not gonna tell you.

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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Personally I think it is has to do with conservative "no one is going to tell me what to do" arrogance. Metric aint the only example of this. Daylight savings time is another. Years ago, most countries, including the US, agreed to have 2 fixed dates when the switch was made. This was done to avoid to have situations where countries were out of sync time wise for weeks if not months due to local rules.

    The US agreed to this, but when it came to ratification, 2 senators (yes GOPers) blocked ratification and well that was that. So to this day, most of the world switches to daylight savings time on the same date, except for the US. And the point is not if daylight savings time is good or bad, but the attitude and arrogance.

    But the US aint the only country that has this problem.. the UK still uses imperial quite a lot, which annoys the hell out of a lot of people. This is due to old people mostly, but the fact that TV pushes imperial still annoys me.
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