The Metric System

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by liberalcynic, May 8, 2008.

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Should the remaining 3 nations, inculding the USA, adopt the metric system?

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  2. Yes.

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  1. liberalcynic

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    Hey, was wonder why the USA hasn't adopted the Metric System. It's as if you measure and weight everything as if you were in the 18th century. There are only 3 countries in the world which have not adopted it, one is the USA, and the other 2 are developing. Why can't SI units be used?
     
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    Give us an inch and we'll take 1.609 344 kilometers.
     
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    Not to mention how many americans would finally be double digits ...
     
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    US tried it in the seventies...Most Americans were too stupid to understand it!
     
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    It's cuz we're different damnit... we like being in the company of Liberia and Myanmar(Burma). We's ain't gonna allow no world domination in the good ole USA. (that's all sarcasm)

    Because it's hard to change anything. Our money is decimalized and always has been. The US Stock markets have only been decimalized to the penny for a few years (could be wrong there) before that everything was in 1/8ths. The Brits converted from Pounds, Shilling,Pence in the 1970's. I think One pound equals 20 shillings and 1 shilling equalled 12pence.
    Change is difficult, and Americans don't like changes forced on them. But you can bet if some "nerd" from Silicon Valley "invented" the metric system we'd be all over it. homegrown and it sorta grows from there.

    Just think how powerful we are. We can convince the whole world of 6Billion to sell us things with measurements they can't understand, and we're only 300(odd)million.:rolleyes:
     
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    That alone should convince everyman to switch to the metric system :tongue:
     
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    I'm glad it was an american who said it and not me ... :rolleyes:
     
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    The House and the Senate...
     
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    You would say "give us a centimetre, and we'll take a 1 kilometre."

    The Metric System works far better, and is much simplier. everything is in losts of 10s, whilst you have your 1000 thou(Proper English)("mil" in your bastardised" Americanised "English") to theInch, 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet to a yard, 220 yards to the furlong, 8 furlongs to the mile, 3 miles to the league.
    All in lots of tens, simple, easy, and obviously better since every other country, except the USA and 2 other, have adopted since they've realised the benifits of having it.
     
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    I'm an American Citizen now...but I was born in Switzerland!
     
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    So there's a problem with education levels? So are you claiming the people of Iraq, Thailand, Tanzania, Zimbarbwe, Sudan have higher education levels than in the USA? Well if you elected Bush, It could be plausable.
    You've also "dumb-ed-down" your English. It is so sad to have the word 'herb' sound 'h-less,' and see each adjective become a verb some how. Word's like Americanization, really should be spelt with a 's' Americanisation; (exempli gratia) Golabalisation, et cetera.
     
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    It was as if it was only there for 2 week until aggrevation over adding and minusing zeros had started to become an unwanted reality, "lets use random numbers to measure stuff!"
     
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    I don't know if it was intentional, but (given the subject matter it addresses) the above is hilarious.:smile:

    As for global metrication; it will happen one day, even if for no reason other than practicality. In your own time
     
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    I must admit I kinda pulled that out of my arse, its all apart of America's lazy stance towars academia....
     
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    Why are you jumping down my throat...I was raised with the metric systme, I had trouble learning the Ameican system because I was used to metric.
    My only point was Americans were used to the system that they had and had a difficult time adjusting to a new one.
     
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    Sorry, I din't realise that your quote wasn't added, that was what I was attacking using your arguement as supporting matirial, but I just don't normally quote, nor post, and I stuffed up... sorry.
     
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    I've used the metric system for decades in science classes. If it became law, we would adapt. The biggest implications would be for machinery and manufacturing. The best place to start the transformation would be in the schools.
     
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    Definatly
     
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    Agreed...

    Think of it this way... instead of an 8 inch cock you can now boast you have 20cm Cock!! or even better! A 200mm cock!!
     
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