View Poll Results: Should the US finally switch to the metric system?

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Hell no.

    Milk and gas is bought by the gallons (just to name a few things).

    It could really mix a lot of people up.

    I don't give a flying **** what the rest of the world is doing, we can and will stick to our system when dealing with ourselves. With the rest of the world we'll use their system.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    It's long past due for us to get with the program.

    I happened to live in the UK when their monetary system was converted to the metric system. There used to be 240 pennies in a pound, that was changed to 100 pennies, or pence; it was in the early 1970's as best as I can recall. 240 pennies, that's twelve shillings; each of which had 12 pennies. Pounds/Shillings/Pennys. It looks like they cut out the middleman; now it's simply Pounds/Pence. Quicker, faster, easier.

    So the common rebuttal............too costly, happy with the way it is, why should we, I might even suggest "I have my rights!" ........ The article that the OP provided was good reading.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    We are basically the last country to not use the metric system in our day to day lives - we measure temperature in Farenheit, distances in feet.yards and miles, and have a ridiculous volume and weight measurement system of cups, ounces, quarts, gallons, etc.

    Its an antiquated system that costs the US milions each year by having to convert, tool things in english units (5/8 in wrenches?) etc. Our kids need to learn both systems, and tend to learn neither well.

    Why is there no active movement in the US to upgrade our systems?

    Why dont we just bite the bullet and change already?

    Nice article that may jump start the popular cry: Why Americans still use Fahrenheit long after everyone else switched to Celsius - Vox
    No need. The only people crying for conversion are the ones to stupid to deal with both.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    We are basically the last country to not use the metric system in our day to day lives - we measure temperature in Farenheit, distances in feet.yards and miles, and have a ridiculous volume and weight measurement system of cups, ounces, quarts, gallons, etc.

    Its an antiquated system that costs the US milions each year by having to convert, tool things in english units (5/8 in wrenches?) etc. Our kids need to learn both systems, and tend to learn neither well.

    Why is there no active movement in the US to upgrade our systems?

    Why dont we just bite the bullet and change already?

    Nice article that may jump start the popular cry: Why Americans still use Fahrenheit long after everyone else switched to Celsius - Vox
    1. I didn't respond to your poll because I didn't like your snarky additions to the simple choices. I would have willingly answered with a plain "no".

    2. I don't care about what the rest of the world uses. If I ever have to convert something...well, that's what the internet is for and it's pretty cheap.

    3. There is no active movement in the US to convert because nobody...except a few, like you, who insist we become more like Europe...really cares about it.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    1. I didn't respond to your poll because I didn't like your snarky additions to the simple choices. I would have willingly answered with a plain "no".

    2. I don't care about what the rest of the world uses. If I ever have to convert something...well, that's what the internet is for and it's pretty cheap.

    3. There is no active movement in the US to convert because nobody...except a few, like you, who insist we become more like Europe...really cares about it.


    What about those who don't give 2 craps that Europe uses it, but rather wish our children learned about units that have fundamental definitions based on real scientific properties.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    What about those who don't give 2 craps that Europe uses it, but rather wish our children learned about units that have fundamental definitions based on real scientific properties.
    I don't know about YOUR kids, but my kids learned about the metric system in school.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    We are basically the last country to not use the metric system in our day to day lives - we measure temperature in Farenheit, distances in feet.yards and miles, and have a ridiculous volume and weight measurement system of cups, ounces, quarts, gallons, etc.

    Its an antiquated system that costs the US milions each year by having to convert, tool things in english units (5/8 in wrenches?) etc. Our kids need to learn both systems, and tend to learn neither well.

    Why is there no active movement in the US to upgrade our systems?

    Why dont we just bite the bullet and change already?

    Nice article that may jump start the popular cry: Why Americans still use Fahrenheit long after everyone else switched to Celsius - Vox
    I voted no, because it would be pointless. Wouldn't accomplish anything, would be no positive impact, and meanwhile the switchover would cause businesses and regular folks hardship.

    I see no real incentive to change.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    I don't know about YOUR kids, but my kids learned about the metric system in school.
    so then, assuming your kids are of average or higher intelligence, they probably realized how much more rational and intuitive the metric system is.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    What about those who don't give 2 craps that Europe uses it, but rather wish our children learned about units that have fundamental definitions based on real scientific properties.
    Is it really that hard to learn two systems? I mean, I know how big a centimeter is, and I know how big an inch is. It's not that mind-blowing.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    so then, assuming your kids are of average or higher intelligence, they probably realized how much more rational and intuitive the metric system is.
    shrug...

    It doesn't matter. They use the system we have in the US and, like me, convert when necessary.

    My kids are of sufficient intelligence to know that tilting at minor windmills is a fools errand.
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