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??

    Half a tablespoon

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen.Seven View Post
    Half a tablespoon
    Brilliant. Now I see why the system is so great.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    I personally find it curious that the US Military tends to use both. For example, under different circumstances it will express distances in both yards and meters, miles and kilometers. Calibers are expressed in both inches (.50, .308) and metric (7.62, 5.56). I'm sure there are other examples.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen.Seven View Post
    Half a tablespoon
    Oh that's genius.

    I wonder why scientists don't use imperial when doing measurements.
    Oh, I know... because half a tablespoon means diddly squat.


    What works for cooking doesn't work for science. And having a public that is using one system of measurement and an intellectual community that uses another creates a disconnect that shouldn't exist.

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

    No system is great, it's just a matter of which system is easiest for a given problem. I use both, or neither, depending on what's easiest.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen.Seven View Post
    Half a tablespoon
    Great. How about half a half gallon?

    And please don't tell me it's harder to remember a decimal point that how many cups/pints/quarts are in the half gallon.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Oh that's genius.

    I wonder why scientists don't use imperial when doing measurements.
    Oh, I know... because half a tablespoon means diddly squat.


    What works for cooking doesn't work for science. And having a public that is using one system of measurement and an intellectual community that uses another creates a disconnect that shouldn't exist.
    That's a common misconception, that somehow the metric system is " more accurate". Half a tablespoon means as much, is just as accurate (traceable to defined standards), and is just as valid as the corresponding 7.39338 ml in metric, its just a lot easier to deal with and further manipulate.

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

    Decimals > fractions.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen.Seven View Post
    That's a common misconception, that somehow the metric system is " more accurate". Half a tablespoon means as much, is just as accurate (traceable to defined standards), and is just as valid as the corresponding 7.39338 ml in metric, its just a lot easier to deal with and further manipulate.
    It's accurate when one attributes metric to it.

    for instance, 1 tablespoon is 14.78mL. That's where it's accuracy comes from. Like you pointed out, it's 7.39mL in metric. In metric.

    If you didn't have the conversion in metric, what would you have.

    So when you tell someone to put half a tablespoon into a chemical reaction, if you don't do the conversion to metric, you have nothing. Imprecision. Where as with metric, you tell the guy to put this many grams or this many mL into the solution. Precision.


    It's not easier to manipulate and not easier to deal with. That's the common misconception. Usually held by people who can't admit that they're wrong.

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

    It's momentum. We're all used to the imperial system, so it's easier to keep using it even though metric is better.

    Same reason we type on QWERTY keyboards instead of a more sensible layout like Dvorak.
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