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post #46 of 102
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Originally Posted by dcg View Post
The only thing that would be better than switching to the metric system would be if we could switch to a base 8 or base 12 numbering system and then use the equivalent of the metric system. Base 10 sucks.
Base 12 for the win! US measurements make sense if you do fractions as they are base 12 or base 16 (lots of common factors). If I had to do everything metric I'd need a calculator. Fractions I can do in my head easily. Man I HATE decimals. IIRC Japanese builders are dropping metric for "traditional" measurements for the same reasons.
post #47 of 102
working in the oil industry in a country which adopted S.I. is fun

kilogram per million standard cubic feet etc
post #48 of 102
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Originally Posted by javyn View Post
Think of American football like a chess game between the two coaches. Except the pieces are big and stupid and rarely do as ordered

And the professional "chess pieces" get paid buttloads of US$.
post #49 of 102
We can't make up our mind - we largely went metric, but still measure roads in miles and beer in pints. The thought of drinking beer by the 1/2 litre is horrible...
post #50 of 102
australia is entirely metric apart from beer which still comes in (uk) pints.
post #51 of 102
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post
WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE POINT THIS OUT SOONER!?!? Seriously, though, medicine, most of the sciences, and the like use the metric system here. Generally speaking, however, Imperial measures are pretty entrenched, and people don't like change.
Doesn't the US armed forces use the metric system to some extent? I'm of the age group when Imperial (SAE for the Americans) and the metric system overlapped. I can measure in both systems, just don't ask me to convert. Personally a base ten measurement system is stupid simple and everyone else on the planet uses metric.
post #52 of 102
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post
Base 12 for the win! US measurements make sense if you do fractions as they are base 12 or base 16 (lots of common factors). If I had to do everything metric I'd need a calculator. Fractions I can do in my head easily.

Man I HATE decimals.

IIRC Japanese builders are dropping metric for "traditional" measurements for the same reasons.

Could you elaborate on this?
post #53 of 102
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post
We have the Imperial system because we aren't a country full of sissies and faggots. That's why.

post #54 of 102
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Originally Posted by IsteRed View Post
If jumping off that cliff would give me better and more conventional life,why not?

If the quality of your life hinges upon a base ten measurement system or one based off archaic benchmarks...you've got bigger problems.

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Originally Posted by Mr Herbert View Post
australia is entirely metric apart from beer which still comes in (uk) pints.

And the oldsters! I also remember hearing Imperial used in the cricket broadcasts. JustinW contends otherwise, however.
post #55 of 102
[quote=edinatlanta;4643285]If the quality of your life hinges upon a base ten measurement system or one based off archaic benchmarks...you've got bigger problems.
/QUOTE]

clealry you are not in profesion that requires calcualating things often.
post #56 of 102
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post
If the quality of your life hinges upon a base ten measurement system or one based off archaic benchmarks...you've got bigger problems.



And the oldsters! I also remember hearing Imperial used in the cricket broadcasts. JustinW contends otherwise, however.
Ignore what cricket people say, they're boring. (I assume you mean the sport here)
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post
Base 12 for the win! US measurements make sense if you do fractions as they are base 12 or base 16 (lots of common factors). If I had to do everything metric I'd need a calculator. Fractions I can do in my head easily.

Man I HATE decimals.

IIRC Japanese builders are dropping metric for "traditional" measurements for the same reasons.

2?
post #57 of 102
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Originally Posted by ManofKent View Post
We can't make up our mind - we largely went metric, but still measure roads in miles and beer in pints. The thought of drinking beer by the 1/2 litre is horrible...

Someone I know from the UK was telling me that it's common to express low temperatures in Celsius and high temperatures in Fahrenheit. England is wacky.
post #58 of 102
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post
Someone I know from the UK was telling me that it's common to express low temperatures in Celsius and high temperatures in Fahrenheit. England is wacky.
Someone is bullshitting you
post #59 of 102
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Originally Posted by tropics View Post
Someone is bullshitting you

I thought so too but the internet backs him up. I asked because there is an episode of Black Books where they are complaining about the temperature being in the high 80s, which would cause most life on earth to die if it were in Celsius.
post #60 of 102
It could be worse... the British still use the 'stone' measurement system
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