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    Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

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

    I learned metric in the 70s, when the initiative to change was on, and before it flopped.


    I'm good with meters, kilometers, liters, all that stuff.... found it very handy in doing scientific calculations too.


    The one I STILL have trouble with is Celsius vs Fahrenheit.... I can't seem to stop thinking in Fahrenheit and struggle convert C to F in my head.



    The idea, back in the 70s, was to use both measurement systems for a long time until people were equally comfortable with either. Didn't really work out, lack of motivation I suppose.

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

    Sure why not. Never hurts to admit when somebody else has a better idea. Besides, not doing so can hold one back.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Sure why not. Never hurts to admit when somebody else has a better idea. Besides, not doing so can hold one back.
    Because my measuring cups and tape measures would need to be replaced. I can push a button that switches my car, but otherwise it would cost me like $30.47 and that is too high a price to pay.

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

    Would be a great way to improve domestic infrastructure and manufacturing.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Because my measuring cups and tape measures would need to be replaced. I can push a button that switches my car, but otherwise it would cost me like $30.47 and that is too high a price to pay.
    You big kidder you.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    Would be a great way to improve domestic infrastructure and manufacturing.
    Would a billion new highway signs really substantially improve infrastructure?

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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
    It would be rather costly. it would also make trade cheaper ańd more efficient. It would be less good at training children's minds

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

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    It would be rather costly. it would also make trade cheaper ańd more efficient. It would be less good at training children's minds
    what?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Would a billion new highway signs really substantially improve infrastructure?
    Have you seen how many of them that are shot full of holes by rednecks?
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