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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:15 PM

Will the Empire ever change to the metric system, do you think?


They were talking about it when I was in school....jeez........




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Reply Will the Empire ever change to the metric system, do you think? (Original post)
raccoon Jun 2012 OP
Systematic Chaos Jun 2012 #1
HereSince1628 Jun 2012 #2
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #4
kentauros Jun 2012 #43
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #47
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #3
OriginalGeek Jun 2012 #5
madinmaryland Jun 2012 #12
OriginalGeek Jun 2012 #17
pokerfan Jun 2012 #6
harmonicon Jun 2012 #10
Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #20
harmonicon Jun 2012 #21
Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #23
Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #24
harmonicon Jun 2012 #25
Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #27
harmonicon Jun 2012 #29
Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #30
geardaddy Jun 2012 #32
Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #39
geardaddy Jun 2012 #40
raccoon Jun 2012 #46
JonLP24 Jun 2012 #31
harmonicon Jun 2012 #34
4th law of robotics Jun 2012 #33
Bucky Jun 2012 #7
backscatter712 Jun 2012 #8
madinmaryland Jun 2012 #11
El Supremo Jun 2012 #14
madinmaryland Jun 2012 #18
kentauros Jun 2012 #44
Initech Jun 2012 #9
IcyPeas Jun 2012 #13
Ptah Jun 2012 #16
El Supremo Jun 2012 #19
SwissTony Jun 2012 #28
Posteritatis Jun 2012 #35
El Supremo Jun 2012 #15
A Simple Game Jun 2012 #22
jp11 Jun 2012 #26
Ron Obvious Jun 2012 #36
applegrove Jun 2012 #37
Arugula Latte Jun 2012 #38
Ter Jun 2012 #41
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #42
ashling Jun 2012 #45
Rochester Jun 2012 #48
Enrique Jun 2012 #49

Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:24 PM

1. But numburz iz hard and stuffs.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:34 PM

2. It's all arbitrary ain't it? Sure powers of 10 is somewhat simplyfying

but who wants simple when it means losing the knowledge of the weight of a stone or the number of feet in an acre???????????????

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:45 PM

4. It's the furlongs to fortnight conversion I'm worried about.

 


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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 12:18 AM

43. How many

rods and chains in that?

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Response to kentauros (Reply #43)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 10:54 AM

47. Depends on the mode and harmonic mean.

 

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:44 PM

3. Hey, soda and booze are already sold in metric units - handwriting's on the wall!!!

 

On Edit: Besides. Switching to measuring gas by the liter will drastically lower the price!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:47 PM

5. Who cares if Alderaan is 40 billion metric tonnes or 40 brazillian pounds

Blowed up is blowed up.


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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:35 PM

12. Huh?? How much is a brazilian??



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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:46 PM

17. At least minimum wage

and only if they have a work visa! More if it's a skilled position....

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:58 PM

6. map



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Response to pokerfan (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:30 PM

10. That's not really accurate.

Many things in the UK are Imperial, not metric. Distances are always given in miles, but gasoline is sold in liters. Beer is sold in Imperial pints and half pints, while wine is sold in measurements of milliliters. Weight is generally given in pounds and stones, though some things are sold buy the kilogram.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:59 AM

20. Japan is not fully metric, either

For example, the official unit used when buying a house or land is the tsubo, which is about 3.2 square meters. Also, the floorspace in a room is determined by the number of tamami mats it can hold, rather than by the number of square meters. And the old shakukan system is still used for agricultural measurements. For example, one koku of rice weighs 150kg.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #20)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 06:38 AM

21. That's wild, but great.

I think traditions like these should be held on to, so long as they aren't causing harm. It's like preserving uncommon languages; keeping these things around gives us an understanding of the world that wouldn't exist otherwise.

That said, I'm now even more frightened by the prospect of ever moving to Japan.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 10:18 AM

24. Japan isn't so bad

I've lived in Japan for years and years. It's got its disadvantages, to be sure, but it's definitely one of the better countries in the world-- extremely high literacy rate, universal health insurance, the world's highest life expectancy rate, the world's highest infant survival rate, one of the world's lowest crime rates, very little gun-related crime, no hate radio, well-developed public transportation system, relatively low GINI index, fairly decent educational system...

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #24)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 01:24 PM

25. It seems like a great place, in many ways...

but I get the impression that the culture is significantly different to what I'm used to. I always say that I'd go anywhere for the right work, but if it were somewhere in Asia, I'm not sure I'd be able to cope - Europe is easy.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #25)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:16 AM

27. I had often thought I would end up in Europe

In high school and early college, I had thought my future was in Europe, and I started preparing for that. I had never even considered Asia, because like you, I thought I would not be able to cope in any Asian culture. But I ended up heading in the other direction after an amazing experience that I had many years ago.

It helps if you have someone to guide you through the new culture.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #27)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 07:23 AM

29. Do you think you'll stay there?

I've been in the UK for nearly five years now, and I have leave soon (though there's a chance I could get a new visa later this year, I don't have a job lined up). I really don't want to go - this seems more like "home" to me now, whatever that is. I've lived in my town here for longer than anywhere since I was 18. I've got a gig in Switzerland for the first half of next year, and maybe I'll feel the same way about that place, but I don't know, having only visited before. Who knows....

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #29)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 08:36 AM

30. To tell you the truth, I don't know

how much longer I'll stay in Japan. I have been here a lonnnnnng time, and I have the right to stay here indefinitely, but at the same time, I do get homesick, especially when I go back to the States for a visit. But my hometown has changed drastically from the time I was growing up there, and I'm not sure I could live there as an adult. I'm sure I would get reverse culture shock if I did go back for good.

By the way, Switzerland and the UK were the two countries I was particularly interested in when I was in high school. One of my former classmates actually ended up in Switzerland, and he seems to like it there.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:20 PM

32. Same in China

At least 20 years ago it was. Food was sold by the jin which is 1.1 pounds or half a kilo or liang which is .10 of a jin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_units_of_measurement#Mass

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #32)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 08:53 PM

39. That just goes to show, people will retain odd systems of measurements

if they are comfortable with them.

Americans are comfortable buying gas by the gallon, weighing things by the pound, measuring distance with miles, judging home size by square feet. Having lived long periods in both English and metric systems, I cannot think of one single instance where dealing with a metric measurement made my life any more convenient than dealing with an English measurement. Even today, in fact, I still subconsciously convert kilometers to miles to determine how fast and how far I am "really" going. LOL.

Of course, the metric system is superior for science and engineering because those fields involve a lot of calculations, but for the average American who doesn't need to make a lot of calculations, metric doesn't really have any special benefit in daily living unless it's for small units without an English equivalent, like grams and millimeters.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #39)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 10:44 AM

40. Very good points.

I agree that if you're comfortable with the system for everyday things, then what's the harm? I used to convert Chinese pounds into Imperial pounds (it wasn't that hard, only .10 of a pound difference).

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #39)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 08:00 AM

46. Great post. nt

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:11 PM

31. I think the map indicates predominately

There are things in the US that are metric but mostly non-metric.

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #31)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 03:01 PM

34. Well, I would say that in the UK, people don't think of themselves as using metric. (nt)

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:29 PM

33. Granted it's an uphill battle

 

but I am confident that with our Liberian and Burmese allies we'll eventually be able to win the rest over.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:17 PM

7. In '67, Pres. Johnson signed the first law converting the US to the metric system.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:51 PM

8. I'll let you know when I've finished the Pepsi in my 2-liter bottle...

We actually use metric measurements more than you think.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:34 PM

11. I'm finishing my pint of beer!!


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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:54 PM

14. Is it flavourful?

You can drink that whilst I have a litre of ale.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:56 PM

18. It tis my friend. It tis also verily colourful!!

Let me finish my pint of ale and I will get back to you.

BTW, That was a real nice hit by Bill Mazeroski a few years ago. Anytime the Skankees lose is a good time!

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 12:22 AM

44. How many kilowatts have you used up this month?

And how many mg of aspirin did you have to use last summer upon seeing your bill for August?

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:23 PM

9. Not as long as this group is in charge:

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:39 PM

13. give 'em an inch....they'll take a mile


ummm, how would that go in metric?

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:02 PM

16. About as well as a 305mm hot dog

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Response to Ptah (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:11 PM

19. How many kilos is that sausage?

I could eat a tonne.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 07:20 AM

28. I'm Australian and we went metric back in the 60s and 70s

though we still have a few holdovers e.g. psi.

But we still use that expression and others ("do the hard yards"). We also say "It's raining cats and dogs". Idiomatic expressions.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 03:18 PM

35. In my (metric) country, it goes "give 'em an inch, they'll take a mile." (nt)

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:56 PM

15. Reagan stopped our conversion.

I sure wish it would happen in my lifetime.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #15)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 09:58 AM

22. Was that before or after the "smartest President in the World" took the

solar panels off the White House?

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 01:34 PM

26. It we hold out long enough they'll all come crawling back.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 05:29 PM

36. No! No foreign rulers in America!

To steal an old MAD magazine classic...

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 05:33 PM

37. We in Canada changed to metric when I was about 7. I do temperatures in metric. Height and

weight I still do the old fashioned way forty years later.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 05:34 PM

38. If feets 'n' inchez wuz good enuf fer Jesus, ther good enuf fer Murika!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 08:35 PM

41. What's the metric system?

 

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 08:44 PM

42. We're inching our way to it... On the last mile...

Fighting for every yard...

One foot in front of the other...

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 02:49 AM

45. Don't you remember the 70s? Augh!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 10:50 PM

48. I hope not

You can have my feet and inches and miles and gallons and pounds and ounces and Fahrenheit degrees when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers!

I've used the American system my whole life and it works just fine. I have no desire to try to acclimatize myself to a new system just because "it's simpler" or "the rest of the world uses it".

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 08:19 AM

49. yes, right before the Apocalypse

the metric system is the Antichrist.

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