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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-03-04 09:02 AM
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17. Well, frankly, when you've grown up with
a particular system, it's very hard to try to change your hardwiring, not to mention annoying as hell. I frankly don't understand why the big push to go metric, anyway, it's a major pain in the ass. Especially the temperature system.

I find it very hard to conceive of 38 being equivalent to 98 degrees, etc., etc., and if that makes me a lazy, shiftless American, then so be it, I don't really care. And I find it especially annoying when metric measurements are given without any equivalents to our system, that just drives me fucking crazy. I suppose if I had learned it side by side with our own system in school while I was growing up it'd be different, but I didn't and I think that makes it all the harder. My son is learning it that way, so it will probably be a lot easier for him in the future.

And don't even get me started on driving in Canada and trying to figure out the damned speed limits based on metric!!!!!!!!!!

Of course, if the Bushistas are still in power this time next year and, therefore, I move to Canada as is my plan should that happen, I supposed I'll have to finally learn and get used to it, as well as a new money system. But it would be a sacrifice worth making as far as I'm concerned.
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  -Why won't the USA go metric? JCCyC  Feb-03-04 08:53 AM   #0 
  - 'cuz we're lazy (n/t)  new_beawr   Feb-03-04 08:56 AM   #1 
  - welcome to DU  Bertha Venation   Feb-03-04 08:57 AM   #7 
  - There was an attempt in the 70's to go metric here.  terrya   Feb-03-04 08:56 AM   #2 
  - I thought Britain hadn't, either?  JCCyC   Feb-03-04 08:57 AM   #5 
  - Officially, the UK is metric...although, colloquially,  GOPisEvil   Feb-03-04 08:58 AM   #10 
  - Yeah, we were supposed to go metric in the 80s,  JonathanChance   Feb-03-04 12:22 PM   #48 
  - We tried it (or so I recall) there was a big push in '70s to go metric.  GOPisEvil   Feb-03-04 08:56 AM   #3 
  - There was a lot of change around that time.  terrya   Feb-03-04 09:01 AM   #15 
  - Well, frankly, when you've grown up with  liberalhistorian   Feb-03-04 09:02 AM   #17 
     - "driving in Canada and trying to figure out the damned speed limits"  ConcernedCanuk   Feb-03-04 09:23 AM   #26 
        - Another sidebar:  CanuckAmok   Feb-03-04 12:20 PM   #46 
        - LOL!  liberalhistorian   Feb-03-04 12:20 PM   #47 
  - LOL We were taught in grade school that  Bertha Venation   Feb-03-04 08:56 AM   #4 
  - yes, in grade school we spent a lot of time on the metric system too  SheepyMcSheepster   Feb-03-04 09:00 AM   #14 
  - We tried didn't work.  bowens43   Feb-03-04 08:57 AM   #6 
  - As soon as Esparantu catches on  Loonman   Feb-03-04 08:57 AM   #8 
  - We dont want that pinko, liberal, commie french system  Kamika   Feb-03-04 08:58 AM   #9 
  - LOL!  liberalhistorian   Feb-03-04 09:04 AM   #20 
  - Because we didn't want to  Rowdyboy   Feb-03-04 08:59 AM   #11 
  - Because it would involve effort.  fleetus   Feb-03-04 09:00 AM   #12 
  - Too expensive  freddie57   Feb-03-04 09:00 AM   #13 
  - We have a kind of half assed attempt at metric.  terrya   Feb-03-04 09:03 AM   #18 
  - Because..."My car gets 40 rods...  VelmaD   Feb-03-04 09:02 AM   #16 
  - I had that as a wav somewhere.  JCCyC   Feb-03-04 09:04 AM   #19 
  - aww man...that sucks  VelmaD   Feb-03-04 09:08 AM   #21 
  - Her y'are , that and more of them simpsons's .wav files  ConcernedCanuk   Feb-03-04 09:48 AM   #32 
     - Yeah!  JCCyC   Feb-03-04 11:50 AM   #42 
  - YAY!  dolo amber   Feb-03-04 09:11 AM   #22 
  - The corporations  militarymanusaf   Feb-03-04 09:11 AM   #23 
  - What could more accurate  Blue-Jay   Feb-03-04 09:12 AM   #24 
  - Well... our soda comes in liters, so that's a start (nt)  Anaxamander   Feb-03-04 09:23 AM   #25 
  - The quarter pounder in Brazil  JCCyC   Feb-03-04 09:27 AM   #27 
  - It is incrementally  Warren Stuart   Feb-03-04 09:33 AM   #28 
  - ironically  northzax   Feb-03-04 09:40 AM   #29 
  - Well, Ya Know  Radical__Moderate   Feb-03-04 09:41 AM   #30 
  - You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?  GOPisEvil   Feb-03-04 09:45 AM   #31 
  - a ten centimeter burger?  Kamika   Feb-03-04 09:52 AM   #33 
     - nope  Kellanved   Feb-03-04 10:38 AM   #35 
  - I suspect we already have, in areas where it matters  pmbryant   Feb-03-04 09:58 AM   #34 
  - Because there's no official 'fuckload' in metric  DS1   Feb-03-04 10:40 AM   #36 
  - Oh, but we have the metric fuckload here  JCCyC   Feb-03-04 11:47 AM   #40 
  - I've actually got a conversion factor for that...  JonathanChance   Feb-03-04 12:28 PM   #49 
  - Do you know any women who want measurements like 92-61-90?  denverbill   Feb-03-04 10:45 AM   #37 
  - several  Kellanved   Feb-03-04 10:45 AM   #38 
  - For one thing  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Feb-03-04 11:00 AM   #39 
  - Other countries have done it  Lydia Leftcoast   Feb-03-04 12:00 PM   #43 
     - Canada converted, too.  CanuckAmok   Feb-03-04 12:28 PM   #50 
  - Because the lay person doesn't like change...  Edge   Feb-03-04 11:48 AM   #41 
  - Caltrans is metric  g_philli   Feb-03-04 12:04 PM   #44 
  - Metrics is lame?  Loonman   Feb-03-04 12:08 PM   #45 
  - The same reason some states are not allowing evolution to be taught  noonwitch   Feb-03-04 12:38 PM   #51 
  - Ignorance?  Loonman   Feb-03-04 12:45 PM   #53 
  - No, this isn't about ignorance  pmbryant   Feb-03-04 12:53 PM   #54 
  - Stone Cutters keep it that way.  Throckmorton   Feb-03-04 12:42 PM   #52 
  - Because MrsGrumpy would get a headache. Although they  MrsGrumpy   Feb-03-04 12:57 PM   #55 

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