Yes, and I'm American.
No, and I'm American.
Yes, and I'm NOT American.
No, and I'm NOT American.
Why the hell should it matter how you measure something so long as the person your talking too knows what you mean?
I'm from the UK and grew up in a strange time. We "went decimal" at the beginning of the 1970's and so I was educated by people who were learning both systems.
I believe the US tend to think that the UK is Metric. Far from it. Most people tend to swap between the two systems at their convenience.
If I were to ask someone how big a piece of wood we needed....they might say to me....."yeah we need some 4 by 2"....4 inch by 2 inch. Sheets of plywood even today are sold in 6 x 4 ft.
If I were to (as I do at work) do an engineering exam of a bridge and I find a crack in some concrete, I'd measure it in millimetres. In fact all dimensions would be metric. But at the same time, the railway system itself is measured in Miles, CHAINS and Yards. And chains are an absolutely ancient unit of measurement.
End of day. Use whatever system you dam well like.
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That's fun.. a bunch of Germans sitting there, guessing distances in another measuring system. Hilarious results, let me tell ya.
If disregarding the temporarily issues for quit some time to go metric, there is zero upside of not doing it
It is really the same about driving on the same side of the road, no sense not doing it once the issues of swapping in itself has passed.
Question never been if its the right thing to do but if the the money can be spent to achive it.
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My stance is more based on civil liberties.
Only a few years ago here in the UK, when the EU tried to enforce metric weights and measures, many peopleignored it and refused. Grocers working on street corners who had been selling lbs of bananas for 40 years refused. It went as far as these grocers having their imperial scales confiscated and even facing jail!
The bottom line of this argument was "who the f**k do the UE think they are to tell me I can no longer ask for a lb of bananas?"
The EU is pretty much all Metric. I just enjoy the system in the UK as we work with both. Travel on UK roads ? Everything is in miles. Buy some petrol, its sold in Litres.
Last edited by redderz1; 2012-12-14 at 02:31 PM.
Most prefixes is in 1000 steps, like milli (*10^-3), micro (*10^-6), nano (*10^-9) and pico (*10^-12) donwside and kilo, mega and giga and tera for upside that you already know.
1000 millimeter is 1 meter (milli is /1000
100 centimeter is 1 meter (centi is /100)
10 decimeter is 1 meter (/10)
Same prefixes milli, centi, deci is used for liquid, like 2 deciliter is around a cup of tea or 4 centiliter is a good amount of spirit :-)
This unit was introduced for easier everyday life.
Like A4 paper is 21cm wide, but in science they are probably use 210 mm for precision.
Last edited by Kobor; 2012-12-14 at 02:31 PM.
no because its easy enough to understand for americans, but yuropoors dont know out system so it confuses them. It gives us the upper hand come invasion of the USA. its 300 miles to atlanta, how many kilometres is that
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Or a yawing hole in a battered head
And the scuppers clogged with rotting red
And there they lay I damn me eyes
All lookouts clapped on Paradise
All souls bound just contrarywise, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!