US measurement system,i don't get it.

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  1. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

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    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. [​IMG] IIRC Japanese builders are dropping metric for "traditional" measurements for the same reasons.
     
  2. Mr Herbert

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    working in the oil industry in a country which adopted S.I. is fun

    kilogram per million standard cubic feet etc
     
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    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$. [​IMG]
     
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    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...
     
  5. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

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    australia is entirely metric apart from beer which still comes in (uk) pints.
     
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    Bill Smith Senior member

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    [​IMG] 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.
     
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    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. [​IMG]

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


    Could you elaborate on this?
     
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    We have the Imperial system because we aren't a country full of sissies and faggots. That's why.

    [​IMG]
     
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    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.

    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.
     
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  11. Sir Humphrey Appleby

    Sir Humphrey Appleby Senior member

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    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)
    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. [​IMG]

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


    2? [​IMG]
     
  12. munchausen

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    It could be worse... the British still use the 'stone' measurement system [​IMG]
     

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