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Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« on: August 24, 2007, 04:59:51 PM »
I kinda wish they would... and I live here.  It would just be easier I think, and makes more sense.

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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2007, 05:21:40 PM »
Agreed.  I decided to work with metric anyways ;).  It's always kind of funny when I tell people that it's hot when it's 30 degrees and that the time is 16h15 (I realize that 24 clocks aren't really a metric thing, but they make more sense than this AM/PM nonsense and so far as I know they are more prevalent in metric countries.) and they have no idea what I'm talking about.  It can lead to some pretty funny discussions.
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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2007, 05:22:24 PM »
Because we're stubborn and have a persistent "not invented here" phobia. :P

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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2007, 05:28:55 PM »
I agree with Old Blaggard on the 24 hour clock.  makes alot more sense, and is quite easy to get used to.  I "converted" over to that format a few years ago (atleast on the clocks I own that support it).
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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2007, 05:48:54 PM »
I would love do go to a metric system, though I think the reason is because of all the machinery would have to be switched to the metric system as well. So that means every thing that you see with the imperial system on it would have to be switched and the thing that makes it would.
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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 07:03:20 PM »
Because we're stubborn and have a persistent "not invented here" phobia. :P

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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007, 09:42:32 PM »
I don't see what is so difficult twelve midnight (00.00) to 12 Midday (12.00) is morning, 12 midday (12.00) to half past 6 (18.30) is afternoon half past 6 (18.30) to 9 (19.00) is evening and 9 (19.00) to midnight (00.00) is night.

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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2007, 11:53:14 PM »
what does AM stand for, I know PM is like post-meridian (sp?)
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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2007, 12:43:50 AM »
Ante-meridian.  Not the "anti" that means "opposite" but the "ante" that means before.
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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2007, 01:13:25 AM »
I think it is safe to say that our whole infrastructure is built upon the use of imperial measurement. I would assume that it will be hard to just "switch over". Take for instance our home improvement stores. The simple task of switching measurement systems would take years. Not only does the store have to switch (which is the easy part) but now all of its customers also have to understand the conversions from their old parts to the new system. It would be an undertaking.

Witht aht being said I also would like the US to go to a metric system ;).

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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2007, 01:20:35 AM »
We need a compromise: The Universal Unit System (or UUS in acronym form) would be both widely accepted and at the same time highly confusing to convert units. It has a little of both.
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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2007, 03:13:15 AM »
I like working with metric values a lot better, but I also think that switch would be too drastic and hard to implement. The only way that it could be done would be to phase it in, starting with tools or some such aspect of life that could be changed with relative ease and eventually progress toward an entirely metric system.

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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2007, 03:29:54 AM »
It would definitely be a long-term process, a generational thing at least (so over a 10-20 year period). It would have to be led by the government, top-down, but it could work, it is possible...

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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2007, 09:08:49 AM »
The two systems could be used simultaneously. This is how the Euro was introduced to the Germans. Every price tag was in Deutsche Mark (DM) and Euro (). I think now after several years has everyone got used to it.
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Re: Why can't the US adopt metric measurements??
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2007, 03:50:00 PM »
So when a politician comes along and announces he will change to the metric system, well he has my vote! :D