View Poll Results: Should America go metric?

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  • Yes, and I'm American.

    320 26.00%
  • No, and I'm American.

    144 11.70%
  • Yes, and I'm NOT American.

    741 60.19%
  • No, and I'm NOT American.

    26 2.11%
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  1. #901
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon8 View Post
    No, just for the fact that it will cost an extreme amount of money to change every sign that has a distance on it in the entire country. All speed limit signs would need to be changed as well and all car manufacturers would have to change their speedometers. You also have to try and get multiple generations of people to learn a new math system when you have a lot of people who are already terrible with math. A cashier literally had to get a calculator out to break my $100 bill for a $16 meal.... and she still gave me the incorrect change.
    1. Signs already need to be replaced periodically. Just replace them on the normal schedule with new ones.

    2. So they can just use the speedometers they already use for the cars you send to Canada.

    3. That's an argument FOR metric. Nice round consistent numbers will be easier to deal with for the non-mathy people.

  2. #902
    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon8 View Post
    A cashier literally had to get a calculator out to break my $100 bill for a $16 meal.... and she still gave me the incorrect change.
    LOL you made an argument for the metric system in an attempt to refute it. Metric is simpler and more easily understood by those that have math problems. Way to score on your own net. Typical ignorance.

  3. #903
    I can make change pretty good. If something is 12.95 and they give me a 20 I can find that easily. Now when they give me a 20 and a bloody nickle..christ i am screwed.
    Get a grip man! It's CHEESE!

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    I vote no. If it were any other country that were not giving into an outside system they'd be credited for "preserving their culture", but when it's America, it's a stubborn refusal to accept the rest of the world lol I am American (although I currently live in Chile), and I am glad that we're different, that we have our own way of doing things, and don't conform to what the rest of the world does.

    And we are taught the metric system in school, so when we go abroad we understand it. We even use it ourselves for various things. But overall, I'd rather preserve our own way instead of just adapting to everybody else. Nothing wrong with being different.
    Last edited by RicardoZ; 2012-12-21 at 04:45 PM.

  5. #905
    Quote Originally Posted by poser765 View Post
    I can make change pretty good. If something is 12.95 and they give me a 20 I can find that easily. Now when they give me a 20 and a bloody nickle..christ i am screwed.
    why would they give you 20 and a nickel if it was 12.95?
    you might get offered an extra nickel if it was 13.05 to avoid the handful of change but not at 12.95 lol...

  6. #906
    Quote Originally Posted by DWguild View Post
    why would they give you 20 and a nickel if it was 12.95?
    you might get offered an extra nickel if it was 13.05 to avoid the handful of change but not at 12.95 lol...
    That's the thing...people are just as shitty at arithmatic as I am. They think they are helping. The point is I can only count back change up to the SOLID bill they gave me.
    Get a grip man! It's CHEESE!

  7. #907
    Quote Originally Posted by DWguild View Post
    LOL you made an argument for the metric system in an attempt to refute it. Metric is simpler and more easily understood by those that have math problems. Way to score on your own net. Typical ignorance.
    In common day life though, the sort of things that metric / imperial measure don't require complex measurements. If I need a gallon of milk, I go to the store and buy a gallon of milk. I don't need to figure out how many quarts to a gallon. I don't need to figure out how many feet are in a mile when I'm driving to work each day.

  8. #908
    Quote Originally Posted by Wowalixi View Post
    In common day life though, the sort of things that metric / imperial measure don't require complex measurements. If I need a gallon of milk, I go to the store and buy a gallon of milk. I don't need to figure out how many quarts to a gallon. I don't need to figure out how many feet are in a mile when I'm driving to work each day.
    lolwut? most random reply ever?

  9. #909
    Quote Originally Posted by DWguild View Post
    lolwut? most random reply ever?
    Uh...no?

    You said Metric is simpler for people who have math problems. I pointed out that things we measure in either metric or imperial really aren't utilized in a daily setting for most people. How many quarts is a gallon of gas? Nobody cares because we just go off gallons.

  10. #910
    Quote Originally Posted by Wowalixi View Post
    Uh...no?

    You said Metric is simpler for people who have math problems. I pointed out that things we measure in either metric or imperial really aren't utilized in a daily setting for most people. How many quarts is a gallon of gas? Nobody cares because we just go off gallons.
    We don't use imperial/metic in everyday life? Then you provide an example where we do. Are you retarded or just plain ignorant. Congrats on scoring on your own net as well, moron.

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-21 at 12:24 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by RicardoZ View Post
    I vote no. If it were any other country that were not giving into an outside system they'd be credited for "preserving their culture", but when it's America, it's a stubborn refusal to accept the rest of the world lol I am American (although I currently live in Chile), and I am glad that we're different, that we have our own way of doing things, and don't conform to what the rest of the world does.

    And we are taught the metric system in school, so when we go abroad we understand it. We even use it ourselves for various things. But overall, I'd rather preserve our own way instead of just adapting to everybody else. Nothing wrong with being different.
    I understand this argument however I don't think systems of measurement is good implementation of diversity. Diversity in this world is a good thing BUT in my opinion is better expressed through things like symbols, clothes, architecture, art, social norms and other things like that.

    Simplifying the lines of communication is a good thing and benefits everyone. (look past short sightedness of the pain of trying to implement it).

  11. #911
    Quote Originally Posted by DWguild View Post
    We don't use imperial/metic in everyday life? Then you provide an example where we do. Are you retarded or just plain ignorant. Congrats on scoring on your own net as well, moron.
    You're right, I have to constantly figure out how many quarts 60% a gallon of gas is, or figure out how many inches it is from my home to the store...

    I don't care what they call it. An inch, a centimeter, a Gagglebarrel or whatever. As long as it tells me how far relatively compared to everything else around me is, it's fine.

  12. #912
    Quote Originally Posted by Valiea View Post
    I like the chart you showed.. Minus the blatant bias against the American system.

    Doesn't seem to stop us from being the first to get to Mars or the first in quite a bit of historical mile stones is it?

    Shame.
    You personally helped with that? awesome.

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  13. #913
    Quote Originally Posted by Wowalixi View Post
    You're right, I have to constantly figure out how many quarts 60% a gallon of gas is, or figure out how many inches it is from my home to the store...

    I don't care what they call it. An inch, a centimeter, a Gagglebarrel or whatever. As long as it tells me how far relatively compared to everything else around me is, it's fine.
    Not even going to try to address this lol... Like talking to a wall.

  14. #914
    Quote Originally Posted by Grakey View Post
    Do some research and calculate how much it would cost, then look at current economic times, and then ask yourself if that is something we really need to be doing.
    Instead of prompting people to do research and calculate, maybe you could show some of your own apparent research on the topic? Because until then, it's rubbish.

  15. #915
    Quote Originally Posted by Valiea View Post
    I like the chart you showed.. Minus the blatant bias against the American system.

    Doesn't seem to stop us from being the first to get to Mars or the first in quite a bit of historical mile stones is it?

    Shame.
    The extreme irony of this is that NASA uses Metric lol!
    Also what do national achievements and space travel have to do with this thread? There are lots of other big achievements that other countries have, but don't feel the need to blurt out randomly and defensively for no reason.

  16. #916
    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon8 View Post
    No, just for the fact that it will cost an extreme amount of money to change every sign that has a distance on it in the entire country. All speed limit signs would need to be changed as well and all car manufacturers would have to change their speedometers. You also have to try and get multiple generations of people to learn a new math system when you have a lot of people who are already terrible with math. A cashier literally had to get a calculator out to break my $100 bill for a $16 meal.... and she still gave me the incorrect change.

    Also, screw everything moving to a standard system and then eventually a world government. Governments already can't fix their own countries besides trying to control the entire world. Lets let different countries be different. Also, most of the people that do research and collaborate across borders are already using the SI system anyway.
    Not more than what the US spends on war every day. Priorities.

  17. #917
    Quote Originally Posted by Creamy Flames View Post
    Not more than what the US spends on war every day. Priorities.
    Because national defense isn't really an issue, right?

  18. #918
    Quote Originally Posted by Wowalixi View Post
    Because national defense isn't really an issue, right?
    Defense against what exactly?

  19. #919
    Quote Originally Posted by DWguild View Post
    Defense against what exactly?
    I thought talking to me was like talking to a wall? Why are you even responding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeve View Post
    Caliber. I never knew caliber had anything to do with inches.
    .45 = 0.45 inches in diameter, etc.

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