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Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:30 pm

"your correct! where i live we use the metric system quiet frequently here in Indiana. so much that it is like it is second nature. when we hear that my friend got a ticket for 100kph in a 65 kph zone we automatically know he got in trouble for doing 60mph in a 40mph.
temps are also given in degrees Celsius here. and some speed limit signs are only in kph"

This is a bit I picked from another forum. The guy who wrote this lives somewhere in Indiana,
doesn't specify where.

So is that true, are there areas in the USA where both system are used, and the metric
system has grown accustomed to the people. I'm talking about average Joe here, not
Medicines, Military, etc.
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:37 pm

I don't know of anyplace like that, and I travel a lot in this country.

I like the metric system, but I don't see us changing anytime soon. Everything is still in feet, inches, miles, pounds and gallons. It would be very expensive to change, and there would be a lot of resistance to it.

Oops. One exception in aviation. The weather reports, METARS show temperatures in Centigrade, but in addition it is shown in tenths of a degree, as it is not as precise as Fahrenheit. But the visibility and cloud layers are still shown in miles and hundreds of feet.
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:09 pm



Quoting Kellmark (Reply 2):
I don't know of anyplace like that, and I travel a lot in this country.

As I travel this route often, If you drive between Dover and Wilmington, DE, SR-1 has all their exits in metric. The mileposts are still in miles, but the exit numbers go by km.
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:22 pm

Canada is fully metric but you may have some mileage signage near or on major roads to/from the Canadian border in the USA in both miles and kilometers.
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:15 pm



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 4):
Canada is fully metric but you may have some mileage signage near or on major roads to/from the Canadian border in the USA in both miles and kilometers.

Same on the Washington side of the boarder for those coming from the Vancouver area.

I do not know of any states using metric. Rarely will I see temperatures on bank buildings given in centegrade as well as farenhiet. There is one speed sign in San Anselmo, California that has both MPH and KPH, but that is it.

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Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:12 pm

Related, but a bit off topic;

Why, if the UK uses the metric system, are the road distances on signs measured Imperial style (miles, yards)?
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:18 pm

Driving north from BOS into New Hampshire, all distances on the highway shown in miles and km. I thought that was odd, until someone said it was meant for Canadians. But I'd think the only thing the Canadians cared about would be signs going South, that said "Florida - 2,000 km"  Wink

By the way, I think that since 1975, the metric system is the only legal system of measurement in the US. For whatever that's worth. Oh, and only three countries have not, in practice, done much to adapt to the metric system: Burma, Liberia and the United States. What lovely company we got  Smile
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:19 pm

AFAIK, all the interstates leading to the Mexican border are in metric, starting from the first major city they switch to KPH. I know for sure at least in AZ, TX and NM, as I've actually driven there.
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:26 pm



Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 7):
By the way, I think that since 1975, the metric system is the only legal system of measurement in the US.

No, it is not. I 1974, the US Congress tried to force the US onto the metric system, saying it would bring the US into the "international world. Most Americans were against it. Then Congress repaeled the law in 1978 when those mential midgets figuered out how much it was going to cost. At the time, it would have cost about half as much for the US to fund the rest of the world to convert to the imperial system of measurement.

Today, it is just not important to anyone.

Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 7):
Oh, and only three countries have not, in practice, done much to adapt to the metric system: Burma, Liberia and the United States.

The UK uses both systems.
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:32 pm

Metric system is used extensively in the US in places where it's necessary. Medicine and other science fields especially.
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:51 pm



Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 7):
No, it is not. I 1974, the US Congress tried to force the US onto the metric system, saying it would bring the US into the "international world. Most Americans were against it. Then Congress repaeled the law in 1978 when those mential midgets figuered out how much it was going to cost. At the time, it would have cost about half as much for the US to fund the rest of the world to convert to the imperial system of measurement.

We are still paying for a guy in DC to "Promote" the metric system. It's a waste of my tax money IMHO.

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 10):

Metric system is used extensively in the US in places where it's necessary

It is never "Necessary" to use the metric system. It is only convinent in those fields.

Frankly I am glad we never had to deal with the proposed metric alphabet.....the decibet.

I couldn't find a vidoe of the informational announcement they put out in 1975, but here is a link to the transcript.

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75rdecabet.phtml
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:53 pm



Quoting KhelmDTW (Reply 5):
Related, but a bit off topic;

Why, if the UK uses the metric system, are the road distances on signs measured Imperial style (miles, yards)?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4741894.stm

Some information for you.
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:32 pm

I think that if someone that wasn't raised with one or the other system would have to judge,
he/her might find the metric system more easy/logical. But for the USA to adopt the
metric system it would take an entire generation before everyone would get used to it.

The Euro has been introduced for many years now, yet I still find myself converting prices
to my old currency.
Imagine if people would suddenly have to start doing that with multiple measures, they would
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:38 pm



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 8):
The UK uses both systems.

Yes, of course they do. And in a few niche areas, a bunch of other countries use the imperial system too, as well as a range of other non-metric systems. That's why I clearly said "three countries have not, in practice, done much to adapt to the metric system"

Now, though, I think it's pointless for us to change in the US - too expensive, too confusing and not much gain. Besides, I prefer weight in lbs and temperature in fahrenheit - much more precise!

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 8):
I 1974, the US Congress tried to force the US onto the metric system...Then Congress repaeled the law in 1978

Are you sure? I didn't think it was ever repealed. The "Metric Conversion Act" of 1975 is still in force, I think. Only people stopped bothering to pay it any attention.

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 9):
Metric system is used extensively in the US in places where it's necessary. Medicine and other science fields especially.

You would think! After that Mars probe disaster.
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:41 pm



Quoting KhelmDTW (Reply 5):
Why, if the UK uses the metric system, are the road distances on signs measured Imperial style (miles, yards)?

Who says we "use the metric system"? We use it in some contexts, such as legal weights and measures, science and engineering but not on the roads.

Quoting Hywel (Reply 11):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4741894.stm

Some information for you.

From that article:

"a report by the UK Metric Association says.

The imperial signs are a "confusing" exception as most of the UK officially operates in metric measures, it claims.

It says conversion would make it easier to calculate fuel consumption and enable more finely tuned speed limits. "


"The UK Metric Association says..." big surprise.  Smile

Fuel consumption is [distance/fuel used], regardless of units and increments of 5 mph are quite sufficient for "finely tuned" speed limits. I agree it would be better if we'd always used the metric system but I'm pretty sure it would be more confusing for most people to switch to using the metric system on our roads. There's just no need.
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:50 pm

As mentioned above, there are areas here near the Mexican border where signage is in both m/km and mph/kph. I've seen signs in both on the leg between LA and Vegas as well. Additionally, originally being from Indiana, I am not sure I have ever seen any signage in metric in the state. The guy may have been referring to verbal dialogue between he and some friends...because I can guarantee he did not get a ticket written in kph, unless his buddy was the cop.  eyebrow 

I can say I would love to see the US stop being a dinosaur and adopt the metric system! Getting change initiated in our bureaucratic society and getting Americans to adopt change is the real bear in this.
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:59 pm

Not everything in countries that uses metric system is exclusively metric. In aviation, most countries use the imperial system with only few things in metric. Of course, there are always variations (e.g while it's common to see distances in nautical miles for the pilots, in some countries aircraft have weight measures in the metric system, plus there is the QNH issue (mBar vs inHg), which however can be switched to either of the two systems while flying). It's much worse when you fly into Russia or China, where absolutely everything is in the metric system, which does cause a few headaches when you're using an aircraft, where most of the displays are imperial.
 
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:47 am

The state of Florida uses both imperial and metric systems on mile markers on the interstate highways.
 
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:05 am



Quoting Seb146 (Reply 4):
There is one speed sign in San Anselmo, California that has both MPH and KPH, but that is it.

Useless bit of trivia on the subject of metric road signs in California: the California Suppliment to the Manual on Uniform Trafic Control Devices (MUTCD), issued by CalTrans specifically prohibits the use of, among others, the metric version of the speed limit sign in new installations and replacements of existing sgns.

I've seen a couple distance signs in CA on I-15 that are cosigned miles and km (e.g. "Temecula 30 mi xx km") but those are/were exceptionally rare... and I haven't seen any outside the state of California

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Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:21 am

Certain areas in south Miami-Dade County use the metric system on signage.
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:17 am

When I was a kid in elementary school (late 1960s), in Dallas, we were taught the metric system in depth and told that we would be fully converted by (I think they said) 1972. Surely it could not have been that difficult?
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:50 am



Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 13):
Besides, I prefer weight in lbs and temperature in fahrenheit - much more precise!

Yeah, 1 oz is definitely more precise than 28.7 grams. Maybe that is why americans are so fat, their smallest unit of weight corresponds to almost 30 grams. Big grin  duck 
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:35 am



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 18):
've seen a couple distance signs in CA on I-15 that are cosigned miles and km (e.g. "Temecula 30 mi xx km") but those are/were exceptionally rare...

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Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:11 pm



Quoting Phatfarmlines (Reply 17):
The state of Florida uses both imperial and metric systems on mile markers on the interstate highways.

 Confused

Where? Never seen it, lived here all my life, have traveled on almost every major interstate within its borders...
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:30 pm

I think that in the United States, the population is very slowly converting to metric. As usual, however, it's happening differently there than it did in other countries: it's happening organically. In other words, the government isn't dictating that "Henceforth, Thou shalt use Metric!", rather people are discovering the ease of its use and its showing up on packages, roads and other places. The government will eventually catch on....

Besides, with immigration (legal and, yes, illegal) from other countries, those people already are familiar with the metric system and so 'conversion' isn't such a big deal.

On another note.... there are threads where people mention mis-spellings that drive them crazy this is one of mine:

kph is not a metric measurement. km/h is the correct notation as each unit of measurement has it's own notation: k= kilo (1000), m=metres, /=per, h=hour.
 
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:44 pm



Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
I couldn't find a vidoe of the informational announcement they put out in 1975, but here is a link to the transcript.

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75rd...phtml

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 13):
You would think! After that Mars probe disaster.

Actually, that Mars Probe crash was partialy blamed on incorrect conversion of some information from imperial to metric.

Metric in the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication_in_the_United_States

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 18):
Useless bit of trivia on the subject of metric road signs in California: the California Suppliment to the Manual on Uniform Trafic Control Devices (MUTCD), issued by CalTrans specifically prohibits the use of, among others, the metric version of the speed limit sign in new installations and replacements of existing sgns.

I've seen a couple distance signs in CA on I-15 that are cosigned miles and km (e.g. "Temecula 30 mi xx km") but those are/were exceptionally rare... and I haven't seen any outside the state of California



Quoting Phatfarmlines (Reply 17):
The state of Florida uses both imperial and metric systems on mile markers on the interstate highways.



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 23):
Where? Never seen it, lived here all my life, have traveled on almost every major interstate within its borders...

You will only find metric speed limit signs near the Mexican or Canadian boarders with the US. In VT, on I-89, 62 miles south of the Canadian boarder, there is a sign that say it is 100 km (62 miles) to the boarder.


Some Americans will be misslead by converting now. Under a metric system, a car in the US that gets 25 miles to the gallon of gasoline, will convert to 40.3 km/gallon of gas. The problem is, why only convert half the equation? You have a metric distance (km) yet still using an imperial (US) gallon. Some people will attempt take advantage by saying "this car gets over 40 per gallon".
 
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:54 pm

For years the original stretch of the Jefferson Freeway/Gene Snyder Freeway bypass around Louisville, Kentucky had distances in miles and km.

I haven't traveled on that stretch of highway for awhile, so i'm not sure about current signage.
 
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:14 pm



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 25):
Some Americans will be misslead by converting now. Under a metric system, a car in the US that gets 25 miles to the gallon of gasoline, will convert to 40.3 km/gallon of gas. The problem is, why only convert half the equation? You have a metric distance (km) yet still using an imperial (US) gallon. Some people will attempt take advantage by saying "this car gets over 40 per gallon".

For some reason fuel consumption values are commonly stated in L/(100 km) rather than km/L so the values are related inversely to values in MPG, i.e a low value of L/(100 km) is good fuel consumption but this corresponds to a high value in MPG.
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:36 pm



Quoting Kellmark (Reply 1):
Oops. One exception in aviation. The weather reports, METARS show temperatures in Centigrade, but in addition it is shown in tenths of a degree, as it is not as precise as Fahrenheit. But the visibility and cloud layers are still shown in miles and hundreds of feet.

All the newer USGS topographical survey maps are in metric measurements.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 21):
Yeah, 1 oz is definitely more precise than 28.7 grams. Maybe that is why americans are so fat, their smallest unit of weight corresponds to almost 30 grams.

No, it simply means we do not get cheated on our food when we eat out.
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:03 pm



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 21):
Yeah, 1 oz is definitely more precise than 28.7 grams.

28.35 grams would be more precise.
 
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Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 29):
Quoting Pyrex (Reply 21):
Yeah, 1 oz is definitely more precise than 28.7 grams.

28.35 grams would be more precise.

1 meter equils about 39"
 
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:42 pm



Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 13):
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 8):
I 1974, the US Congress tried to force the US onto the metric system...Then Congress repaeled the law in 1978

Are you sure? I didn't think it was ever repealed. The "Metric Conversion Act" of 1975 is still in force, I think. Only people stopped bothering to pay it any attention.

I'm not positive on this but I believe that the above-mentioned act was supposed to make the Metric System fully implemented by 1985. I'm not sure about the law being repealed in 1978; however, it may have been either repealed or dropped during the early-80s (first-term Reagan) on the grounds that it was an unfunded mandate.

IIRC, during the first 2 years of the Clinton Administration, there was a short-lived effort to revive the measure but was ultimately crushed by the GOP-controled Congress in 1995 when a moratorium on unfunded mandates was issued.

Quoting Tz757300 (Reply 2):
If you drive between Dover and Wilmington, DE, SR-1 has all their exits in metric. The mileposts are still in miles, but the exit numbers go by km.

When the first stretch of that road was built in the early-90s; the exit numbers were still mileage-based. In the wake of the above-mentioned initiative (that ultimately did not come to pass); DelDOT decided to make the SR 1 numbers km-based. The I-95 exit (now EXIT 164) was originally EXIT 100.

Sidenote: during the same time period (the mid-90s); PennDOT required all their highway plans to have metric measurments on them. They've long since dropped this requirement.

One airfield apron expansion job my company did for McGuire AFB back then not only required everything to be called out in metric; even the plan sheet sizes were in metric. Not sure if that requirement standards for civil engineering plans is still in place.

Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 6):
Driving north from BOS into New Hampshire, all distances on the highway shown in miles and km. I thought that was odd, until someone said it was meant for Canadians.

Back in the 70s, at least two Massachusetts highways (I-95 from Canton to the Rhode Island state line and Route 24) had both miles and kilometers listed. Those signs were replaced with just mileage signs during the mid-to-late 90s.

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 4):
Rarely will I see temperatures on bank buildings given in centegrade as well as farenhiet.

Over on the East Coast, I see both readings on bank buildings and the like all the time.

One challenge for someone buying a used car that came over from Canada is remembering that the MPH/kmPH listings are reverse and the odometer is calibrated in kilometers. Which means a vehicle with an odometer reading of 100,000 kms is roughly 62,500 miles.
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 30):
1 meter equils about 39"

I would have said 1 meter equals about 39" (39.4" to be a bit more precise.), but you say tomato, I say tomatoe....
 
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Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 31):

When the first stretch of that road was built in the early-90s; the exit numbers were still mileage-based. In the wake of the above-mentioned initiative (that ultimately did not come to pass); DelDOT decided to make the SR 1 numbers km-based. The I-95 exit (now EXIT 164) was originally EXIT 100.

Why do I get the feeling that both of us has talked about this before?

Well, heres a picture of a metric sign....

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Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:39 pm



Quoting KLMCedric (Thread starter):

This is a bit I picked from another forum. The guy who wrote this lives somewhere in Indiana,
doesn't specify where.

That post was absolutely inaccurate. Perhaps the person was an engineer or something?

Quoting KhelmDTW (Reply 5):

Why, if the UK uses the metric system, are the road distances on signs measured Imperial style (miles, yards)?

The UK uses a weird mixed system, and even that doesn't apply across the board.

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 7):
AFAIK, all the interstates leading to the Mexican border are in metric

Not all of them. They may be dual-signed, but the only one that is actually all metric is Interstate 19 in Arizona, which is almost exclusively used for travel to and from Mexico and was completed right in the middle of the attempts to convert to metric.
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Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 33):
Why do I get the feeling that both of us has talked about this before?

Well, heres a picture of a metric sign....

We have, probably in a previous-related thread. Although that sign showing the distance in km is a new one (to me). The last time I was on that particular stretch of road was I remeber the exits listed in km; only the interchange numbers.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:22 am



Quoting David L (Reply 14):


Fuel consumption is [distance/fuel used], regardless of units...

[distance/fuel used] would more accurately be described as something like "fuel economy" or "fuel efficiency" as a higher [distance/fuel used] value corresponds to greater economy/efficiency.

[fuel used/distance] (with L/100km as probably the most applied example) would be a more intuitive metric (no pun) for "fuel consumption" as a higher usage of fuel results in a greater "consumption" value.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:35 am

Australia converted progressively to metric from about 1972 - I was in 2nd grade. But I have this weird combination of metric and imperial in my head. Weight is pretty well all metric, volume definitely all metric. Speed and Distance are both metric, as is most weight (but I'm still comfortable talking people's weight in stones (14pounds to the stone, 16oz to the pound). Length and height are metric, except when it comes to people, who are feet and inches, except my kids, who are centimetres. Fuel consumption is resolutely mpg - I know my car is 10.1l/100km, but I don't know what that means!  Smile

How screwed up is all that?

One thing I don't understand - if the US is mostly imperial (resolutely? But let's not get into geopolitical discussions  Smile ), why was it one of the first countries to adopt metric currency?

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Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 37):
One thing I don't understand - if the US is mostly imperial (resolutely? But let's not get into geopolitical discussions Smile ), why was it one of the first countries to adopt metric currency?

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Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 37):
why was it one of the first countries to adopt metric currency?

It wasn't about the metric system, it was about being different from the redcoats.

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RE: States In The USA That Adopt Metric System?

Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:45 am



Quoting KLMCedric (Thread starter):
So is that true, are there areas in the USA where both system are used, and the metric
system has grown accustomed to the people.



Quoting N1120A (Reply 34):
Not all of them. They may be dual-signed, but the only one that is actually all metric is Interstate 19 in Arizona,

Gee, I wonder if south of the border the Mexicans put up Imperial (Standard) measurements for travelers heading north?  Wink
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RE: States In The USA That Adopt Metric System?

Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:53 am



Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 38):
Metric Currency?

Sorry, I should have put quotes and a smilie on that one  Smile

The metric system is decimal, and much simpler and logical as a result. The US currency is decimal (100c=$1). Even the British finally adopted decimal currency in the 1970s - certainly much easier than pounds, shillings and pence.

Why have a tiny minority of countries stuck with imperial measurement? If the founding fathers wanted to be different to the redcoats and adopted decimal currency, isn't it ironic that the USA is the last stronghold of the British system of weights and measures? (pretty much - how many pints in a gallon again?  Smile )

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RE: States In The USA That Adopt Metric System?

Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:24 am



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 25):
You will only find metric speed limit signs near the Mexican or Canadian boarders with the US.

Not entirely true. IAH has both MPH and km/h on the main entrance road... not sure what they expect the foreigners to do as soon as they leave the airport though lol.

The only metric measurement I have a good handle on is a liter of cola, and that's thanks to Super Troopers  Smile
 
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RE: States In The USA That Adopt Metric System?

Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:00 am



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 21):
Yeah, 1 oz is definitely more precise than 28.7 grams. Maybe that is why americans are so fat, their smallest unit of weight corresponds to almost 30 grams.    

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RE: States In The USA That Adopt Metric System?

Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:24 pm

In North America there seemed to be agitation back in the 1970's to adopt the metric system. In Canada the citizens seemed to swallow the idea and we went ahead with it; in the USA the Americans seemed to have kicked back at it and it didn't fly.

That's probably as good an example as any for the difference between Canadians and Americans. If the Canadian government says it's good, most will accept. If the US government says it's good, the citizens need a hell of a lot more convincing!

For myself, I like kilometres, you can look down the road at a kilometre.
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RE: States In The USA That Adopt Metric System?

Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:51 am



Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 37):
except when it comes to people, who are feet and inches

I'm with you on that one Kent350787 - everything in metric except people's height !

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 41):
certainly much easier than pounds, shillings and pence.

Not to mention guineas too. How the hell did they automate that in IT (or was that DP in those days) ?
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