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 KevinKohler View Post
    Decimals > fractions.


    This is not in dispute.
    It depends what you're doing with them.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    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.
    A quarter gallon, or, the convenient unit of one quart.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    I was thinking about this as I was working with my daughter this AM baking, and to adust the recipe we had to figure out how many tablespoons in a cup, how many cups in a quart, etc. I, as usual, converted everything in my head to metric and I just showed her the rough metric approximations (tsp=5ml tbsp=15ml, cup 240ml, pint ~ 500ml ) and figured it out from there. She looked at me and said "why dont we just use that measurement in the first place?".

    The metric system is much, much more simple than the Imperial system... it makes doing simple things like doubling a recipe, calculating distance, and scaling up fluid and weight measurements much easier. The US is virtually the only nation in the world that sticks with the old, goofy imperial system, which probably costs a whole lot of money (everyone else sells stuff or buys stuff in metric units - the US has to be the exception), and we know has destroyed at least one space mission.

    Its a simple system to use. We half-use it already anyway - you buy pop in 2L bottles, all food items are at least marked in metric volume or weight, and people run 5k races. Why dont we complete the job and ditch these worthless british holdovers that even the brits ditched years ago.

    I dont know whatever happened to the metric initiative in the 70s (but I'm guessing Reagan killed it because it was too French and would confuse his constituents) and I know getting the old voting crowd to actually want to change would be tough,
    but why has there been no major initiative in the US for the last thirty years to finally join the rest of the world in measuring sanity?



    Because the conservatives in the USA are opposed to any kind of change(Except maybe taking a lot of things in the USA back to their pre-Civil War status).





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

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen.Seven View Post
    It depends what you're doing with them.
    Multiplying? Decimals are easier.
    Dividing? Decimals.
    Subtracting? Decimals.
    Adding? Decimals.


    Is there anything else you would do with either?
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    1/4 x 1/4 = 1/16

    .25 x .25 = 0.0625

    Now, I can do both in my head, but there's cosiderably more steps in the decimal case. There are examples for any operation.

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

    I do remember that a dime bag was 7grams, if that helps anyone.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    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.
    DVORAK is only better if you like to be fast and productive.

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

    The metric system died here because nobody, other than the politicians involved, wanted to change. We're happy with the system we have, and most of us don't have a problem with following recipes. It would be yet another terrible waste of money on a low, low priority item that no one really wants, to run another "force em to adopt metrics" program.

    Much like NAFTA and globalization, this is something politicians want and have forced upon us. The people want none of it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen.Seven View Post
    A quarter gallon, or, the convenient unit of one quart.
    Ask a shop clerk for a quarter gallon of something. See what response you get.

    And yeah, its easier to know its a quart. But you have to know that.

    Frankly, I've been around the imperial system for decades, and I cant seem to remember it half the time, much less remember that my bucket of water which weighs about ten pounds holds about how much liquid? But my bucket that weights ten kilos has about ten liters of fluid in it. And the five hundred yards to the corner is how much of a mile vs. the five hundred meters being a half kilometer.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    The metric system died here because nobody, other than the politicians involved, wanted to change. We're happy with the system we have, and most of us don't have a problem with following recipes. It would be yet another terrible waste of money on a low, low priority item that no one really wants, to run another "force em to adopt metrics" program.

    Much like NAFTA and globalization, this is something politicians want and have forced upon us. The people want none of it.
    Shortsightedness and insular thinking, topped off with a touch of paranoia of big gummint. Its why we cant have good things.
    Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.

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