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

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    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.
    Sure.

    Do most people (ugh) know

    how to convert between pounds and kilograms (trick question)
    what the Rankine is
    horsepower(which one) to watts?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    Sure.

    Do most people (ugh) know

    how to convert between pounds and kilograms (trick question)
    what the Rankine is
    horsepower(which one) to watts?

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    Do they need to know what a Rankine is?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Do they need to know what a Rankine is?

    Well, I would say they should.

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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
    Canada introduced the Metric System here over 40 years ago, when I was still in school, and yet go to any grocery store and things like meat and produce are still priced by the pound, etc., and it's not just because of us old people.

    It's the retail trick. Anything sold by weight is listed by the pound because a kilo is about 2.1 pounds so it looks cheaper if it's sold at the by-the-pound price. Conversely, anything sold by volume is listed by the liter, such as gasoline, because there are about 4.5 liters in a gallon, so it looks cheaper if sold at the by-the-liter price.

    As a result, Canadians are tricked into thinking their prime rib isn't grossly overpriced when on sale at $7 a pound instead of $15 a kilo and our gasoline doesn't cause riots when it's priced at $1.40 a liter instead of $6 a gallon.

    But manufacturers in Canada and those in the US who ship to Canada would likely reduce costs and thus prices in Canada if they only had to list products in metric weight and volume and not imperial measures too. But then, they'd still have to print French and English on the products so it's a wash.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    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.
    I agree.

    Can you just imagine the number of divorces that'll result from housewives who start cooking crappy food for their husbands because their cookbooks suddenly changed into a metric system?
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Canada introduced the Metric System here over 40 years ago, when I was still in school, and yet go to any grocery store and things like meat and produce are still priced by the pound, etc., and it's not just because of us old people.

    It's the retail trick. Anything sold by weight is listed by the pound because a kilo is about 2.1 pounds so it looks cheaper if it's sold at the by-the-pound price. Conversely, anything sold by volume is listed by the liter, such as gasoline, because there are about 4.5 liters in a gallon, so it looks cheaper if sold at the by-the-liter price.

    As a result, Canadians are tricked into thinking their prime rib isn't grossly overpriced when on sale at $7 a pound instead of $15 a kilo and our gasoline doesn't cause riots when it's priced at $1.40 a liter instead of $6 a gallon.

    But manufacturers in Canada and those in the US who ship to Canada would likely reduce costs and thus prices in Canada if they only had to list products in metric weight and volume and not imperial measures too. But then, they'd still have to print French and English on the products so it's a wash.

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

    i use the metric system every day at my job, and it works well for science. i just don't see switching everything else to it as a priority. eventually, maybe, but our system of weights and measures works fine. the industries that would benefit most from the metric system are probably already using it. if my car's speedometer says MPH, formally switching it to KPH won't really help anything.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
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    I'm guessing you can't see the forest for the trees.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Canada introduced the Metric System here over 40 years ago, when I was still in school, and yet go to any grocery store and things like meat and produce are still priced by the pound, etc., and it's not just because of us old people.

    It's the retail trick. Anything sold by weight is listed by the pound because a kilo is about 2.1 pounds so it looks cheaper if it's sold at the by-the-pound price. Conversely, anything sold by volume is listed by the liter, such as gasoline, because there are about 4.5 liters in a gallon, so it looks cheaper if sold at the by-the-liter price.

    As a result, Canadians are tricked into thinking their prime rib isn't grossly overpriced when on sale at $7 a pound instead of $15 a kilo and our gasoline doesn't cause riots when it's priced at $1.40 a liter instead of $6 a gallon.

    But manufacturers in Canada and those in the US who ship to Canada would likely reduce costs and thus prices in Canada if they only had to list products in metric weight and volume and not imperial measures too. But then, they'd still have to print French and English on the products so it's a wash.
    Shipping any manufactured good to another country is always going to be tricky. Different countries have different environmental, safety, and product standards that the exporter has to be aware of. Switching between imperial and metric is a minor thing, all things considered.

    Canada jumped gung-ho on the metric bandwagon 40 years ago. USA looked your way and said "meh."

    To this day, both Canada and the UK use both metric and imperial, practically speaking. We export to Canada using imperial, not metric, for example. And I've never had a discussion with a Canadian and talked anything but farenheit and inches, unlike with the Europeans, who don't know or understand those measurements.

    But, we do sell our soda in liters. So there's always that.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm guessing you can't see the forest for the trees.
    Just pointing out that most people probably can't do conversions correctly.

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