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

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    The government can't really give you good things. I know you will mention the internet, but you should take note of the fact that the infrastructure is dependent on government. That is a problem in case you didn't know.
    Universities. The military. Roads. Air traffic control and commercial airline safety.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Arrogance and stubbornness - pure and simple.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    Universities. The military. Roads. Air traffic control and commercial airline safety.
    universities - better if left private
    roads - better if left private.
    the military- better without a standing army.
    air traffic control- better if left private
    commercial airline safety - better if left private

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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?
    The metric initiative died long before Reagan.

    Americans in general reject the metric system because it is inferior.

    For example try laying out a baseball diamond using metrics. One of the lessons in the 1970s initiative involved a commercial where some kid used a tape measure and calculator to teach his buddies how to lay out a baseball diamond in metric measurements rather than standard. Of course as a propoganda commerical it had a happy ending. What they did not film was the kid getting his butt kicked by his buddies after the cameras stopped rolling.

    This does not even begin to make us think of how hard is would be to lay out a football field according to metrics. That's read REAL fooball as opposed to the pansy european soccer variety.

    Why doesn't the US use the metric system??-untitled-jpg

    Much like the individual's who make up the USA the USA tends to go it's own way. We do not need the example or methods of inferior nations who we have to bail out frequently from one war or another.

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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?
    I don't know, but I use the metric system regularly when converting sizes in my paintings. Using the imperial system would be impossible.

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

    The USA went to the Moon because of the assimilation of Nazi rocket scientists from World War 2 into our country .
    Quote Originally Posted by Soupnazi630 View Post
    The metric initiative died long before Reagan.

    Americans in general reject the metric system because it is inferior.


    Much like the individual's who make up the USA the USA tends to go it's own way. We do not need the example or methods of inferior nations who we have to bail out frequently from one war or another.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    As usual, the far more important feature of the SI--System Internationale has been missed and/or ignored in this thread.
    That being that there are seven base/fundamental quantities and their SI units--with all other quantities derived from these seven.
    This was the greatest thing I could ever teach in High School Chemistry and Physics
    since we never left it when encountering new concepts.

    For instance in Physics, most of you know that F = ma, where F is force in Newtons, m is mass in kilograms, and a is accelearation in m/s2.
    Acceleration in itself being a derived quantity using displacement and time.
    So a Newton equals a kilogram times a meter per second squared.
    Units are made larger or smaller by using metric prefixes.

    It's not surprising conservatives line up against the Metric system as they are opposed to "hard" science .
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    The entire "decimals are easier than fractions" argument misses the point. The reason we should adopt the metric system is because it's the standard across the world.

    Having multiple measurement systems is completely unnecessary. It serves no useful purpose. At best it's simply inefficient and wasteful, at worst it results in unnecessary and costly mistakes like the crashed martian probe.

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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?
    I thought about this over and over. I've got nothing. I guess some in this country equate going to the metric system with some sort of world wide currency movement or us joining EU lol.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by Soupnazi630 View Post
    The metric initiative died long before Reagan.

    Americans in general reject the metric system because it is inferior.

    For example try laying out a baseball diamond using metrics. One of the lessons in the 1970s initiative involved a commercial where some kid used a tape measure and calculator to teach his buddies how to lay out a baseball diamond in metric measurements rather than standard. Of course as a propoganda commerical it had a happy ending. What they did not film was the kid getting his butt kicked by his buddies after the cameras stopped rolling.

    This does not even begin to make us think of how hard is would be to lay out a football field according to metrics. That's read REAL fooball as opposed to the pansy european soccer variety.

    Why doesn't the US use the metric system??-untitled-jpg

    Much like the individual's who make up the USA the USA tends to go it's own way. We do not need the example or methods of inferior nations who we have to bail out frequently from one war or another.
    Ah. It's too hard.

    And yards would be impossible to convert to meters!

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