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??

    Temperature is one of the seven base/fundamental quantities in Nature that all other derived quantities are based on.
    The Kelvin is the actual SI unit based on absolute zero.
    Having water exist at its triple point, 273.16 K at 4.6 mm pressure in a closed system is another useful measurement.
    With 0.01oC as the triple point on the Celsius scale, showing their exact defined difference as 273.15 .
    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    I worked in the photo-lab business for over thirty years where everything is done on the metric system and it does make everything much easier to figure out.
    I believe that the biggest resistance to the adoption of metric system, was to weather temperature ...and rightly so.
    The Fahrenheit scale is perfect for describing weather and the Celsius scale ... well, sucks.
    On the Fahrenheit scale the hottest day of the year in temperate climates is about 100 degrees and the coldest average is about zero, with ten convenient little packets of tens in between.
    The Fahrenheit scale is more like a decimal scale for weather than any other.
    If I say that the temperature tomorrow will be in the 50s you know exactly what that means and how to dress. If I am talking within the Celsius scale and I say tomorrow will be in the 20s that could mean anything from 68F to 86F. Not nearly as descriptive or convenient.
    The Celsius scale is not based on the meter anyway ... it is based on the freezing and boiling temperature of water. That makes perfect sense for the chemistry lab, but not for weather. Water almost never boils in nature.
    Why did it have to be adopted as part of the metric system?
    If the US had decided to leave the weather temperature and the Fahrenheit scale alone then Americans would have been more willing to adopt true metric measurement elsewhere.

    Weather is something everyone talks about everyday and the Celsius scale is just not refined or well suited enough for describing it.
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    Re: Why doesn't the US use the metric system??

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    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
    Most of us are civilized and as such we believe in civilization.
    We also understand what you are.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Temperature is one of the seven base/fundamental quantities in Nature that all other derived quantities are based on.
    The Kelvin is the actual SI unit based on absolute zero.
    Having water exist at its triple point, 273.16 K at 4.6 mm pressure in a closed system is another useful measurement.
    With 0.01oC as the triple point on the Celsius scale, showing their exact defined difference as 273.15 .
    Yes we understand all that. But Fahrenheit is the best scale suited to describing weather.

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

    We should have did it a century ago.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    If we were really interested in making sense we would be on a twenty hour day and a thirteen month calender.
    I've no idea how any of that came about. I blame Roseanne.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Soupnazi630 View Post

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    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.
    Yeah ...Go USA...
    NASA's metric confusion caused Mars orbiter loss


    NASA's Climate Orbiter was lost September 23, 1999
    September 30, 1999
    Web posted at: 1:46 p.m. EDT (1746 GMT)

    (CNN) -- NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because one engineering team used metric units while another used English units for a key spacecraft operation, according to a review finding released Thursday.

    For that reason, information failed to transfer between the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft team at Lockheed Martin in Colorado and the mission navigation team in California. Lockheed Martin built the spacecraft.

    "People sometimes make errors," said Edward Weiler, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Science in a written statement.

    "The problem here was not the error, it was the failure of NASA's systems engineering, and the checks and balances in our processes to detect the error. That's why we lost the spacecraft."

    Destination Mars


    The findings of an internal peer review panel at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory showed that the failed information transfer scrambled commands for maneuvering the spacecraft to place it in orbit around Mars. JPL oversaw the Climate Orbiter mission.

    "Our inability to recognize and correct this simple error has had major implications," said JPL Director Edward Stone.

    The spacecraft completed a nearly 10-month journey to Mars before it was lost on September 23.

    The navigation mishap pushed the spacecraft dangerously close to the planet's atmosphere where it presumably burned and broke into pieces, killing the mission on a day when engineers had expected to celebrate the craft's entry into Mars' orbit.

    Climate Orbiter was to relay data from an upcoming mission called Mars Polar Lander, set to set down on Mars in December. Now that mission will relay its data via its own radio and another orbiter.
    In 2007 NASA finally adopted and embraced the metric system to the exclusion of all other systems.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post
    I've no idea how any of that came about. I blame Roseanne.
    I agree ...
    Let's blame her.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    Most of us are civilized and as such we believe in civilization.
    We also understand what you are.
    Government and civilization are not the same thing nor are they mutually dependent on each other.

    The third reich was civilized even with some embarressing genocide

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Soupnazi630 View Post
    Government and civilization are not the same thing nor are they mutually dependent on each other.

    The third reich was civilized even with some embarressing genocide
    So says the Libertarian Nazi.
    Henrin has equal animosity and contempt towards civilization and government.
    He is an anarchist.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    universities - better if left private
    By that rationale, the University of Michigan is inferior to the University of Phoenix.

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    roads - better if left private.
    Why.

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    the military- better without a standing army.
    Why.

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    air traffic control- better if left private
    Why.

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    commercial airline safety - better if left private
    Why.
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