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127. IIRC the meter was originally defined as 1/1,000,000 the distance from the equator...
to the North Pole. Similarly one kg is 1000 cc of water at sea level. But since then there have been more precise definitions.
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  -Allow me a little rant about the so-called scientific metric system: hedgehog  Oct-13-09 12:49 PM   #0 
  - Centigrade is more logical, Farenheit more accurate. Grams too small, quarter pound fine.  Captain Hilts   Oct-13-09 12:54 PM   #1 
  - Water boils 100 and freezes at zero- what's not to like about that  depakid   Oct-13-09 01:02 PM   #6 
  - I agreed, it's logical, but not accurate enough. Not enough grades.  Captain Hilts   Oct-13-09 01:04 PM   #10 
  - In situations where you would need more accuracy, you take more decimal places out.  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 01:06 PM   #15 
  - For weather reports, I prefer F over C. Kilometeres, litres, fine by me. nt  Captain Hilts   Oct-13-09 01:07 PM   #17 
     - That's because you are used to F. If you had grown up with C, it wouldn't bother you.  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 01:08 PM   #21 
     - I've lived with both, thank you very much. nt  Captain Hilts   Oct-13-09 01:12 PM   #30 
     - Then you know that for everyday use, Celsius-even reported to a whole number- is more than  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 01:17 PM   #32 
        - You seem to think you know a lot about me. I studied meteorology and actually  Captain Hilts   Oct-13-09 01:21 PM   #34 
        - Please explain what you mean by "accuracy" in F and please explain how this could not be achieved by  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 01:22 PM   #35 
        - As a meteorologist, you should understand the difference between precision and accuracy  Zodiak   Oct-13-09 01:42 PM   #47 
           - Neither applies really.  HiFructosePronSyrup   Oct-13-09 05:38 PM   #99 
        - Temp is really what it means to you, based on your experience  question everything   Oct-13-09 02:59 PM   #64 
     - I grew up speaking English. If I had grown up speaking Italian it wouldn't bother me.  elocs   Oct-13-09 01:39 PM   #46 
     - For me, once it gets to -40 degrees, it doesn't matter, anyhow.  MineralMan   Oct-13-09 01:09 PM   #24 
  - Why not?  Statistical   Oct-13-09 01:13 PM   #31 
  - All the way back?  enlightenment   Oct-13-09 01:24 PM   #37 
  - And pennyweights and drachms, and other such obsolete  MineralMan   Oct-13-09 01:25 PM   #40 
  - go to England...  KatyMan   Oct-13-09 01:31 PM   #42 
  - I know  depakid   Oct-13-09 02:01 PM   #52 
  - The British still use stones  supernova   Oct-13-09 02:10 PM   #54 
  - But, at least, they've converted to have 100 pennies in a pound  question everything   Oct-13-09 02:47 PM   #61 
  - I can easily think of fourteen reasons why we shouldn't! (NT)  Tesha   Oct-13-09 02:26 PM   #56 
  - If you forgive a small gasp of pedantry, ice melts at 0C, water doesn't  petronius   Oct-13-09 05:33 PM   #96 
  - I don't see what's stopping weather services from saying "35.7 degrees celsius".  DireStrike   Oct-13-09 01:07 PM   #16 
  - Kelvins are even more logical.  Dr. Strange   Oct-13-09 01:08 PM   #23 
  - Yeah, but Kelvin and Celsius use the same scale. 1 Kelvin is equal to 1 deg, Cel  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 01:11 PM   #26 
  - Count me in. I sooooo agree with your post. Fahrenheit is so much better for weather  snagglepuss   Oct-13-09 01:38 PM   #44 
  - Metric is more logical, and that's why it's used in science.  damntexdem   Oct-13-09 01:58 PM   #51 
  - The Metric System yields more precise measurements for machine tools and parts  slackmaster   Oct-13-09 12:54 PM   #2 
  - That aint free. Cheaper to geometrically dimension.  Gman2   Oct-13-09 01:05 PM   #11 
  - Except that .001  sailor65   Oct-13-09 01:08 PM   #19 
  - Pop Quiz!  DontTreadOnMe   Oct-13-09 12:56 PM   #3 
  - Thats 10.375, 12.4375, 5.5, 9375, Any machinist has these memorized.  Gman2   Oct-13-09 01:08 PM   #22 
  - Was there some point to this post? n/t  nebenaube   Oct-13-09 12:57 PM   #4 
  - The original poster is at Home Depot right now...  DontTreadOnMe   Oct-13-09 12:59 PM   #5 
  - we should use Whitworth for threads.  yorgatron   Oct-13-09 01:03 PM   #7 
  - Hey, I still have a full set of Whitworth combination wrenches and  MineralMan   Oct-13-09 01:07 PM   #18 
  - Metric System is the tool of the devil!  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 01:04 PM   #9 
  - I just saw a bog-standard American Who Hates The Metric System rant (nt)  Posteritatis   Oct-13-09 02:08 PM   #53 
  - The reason is simply mathematical.  MineralMan   Oct-13-09 01:03 PM   #8 
  - Metric has never been truly superior in terms of accuracy  sailor65   Oct-13-09 01:05 PM   #12 
  - LOL.....  Ichingcarpenter   Oct-13-09 01:35 PM   #43 
     - I have seen the same thing  conscious evolution   Oct-13-09 03:15 PM   #68 
        - When I taught middle school math...  immoderate   Oct-13-09 04:15 PM   #81 
  - You want to complain to metric socket manufacturers.  DireStrike   Oct-13-09 01:05 PM   #13 
  - The meter was originally defined as 1/10,000,000th the distance...  krispos42   Oct-13-09 01:05 PM   #14 
  - Umm liters are much more efficient than Gallons, Grams better than Pounds  TZ   Oct-13-09 01:08 PM   #20 
  - You silly Earthlings with your base-10 enumeration system.  Dr. Strange   Oct-13-09 01:11 PM   #27 
  - Exactly. Cartoon characters use Base 8.  MineralMan   Oct-13-09 01:24 PM   #38 
  - Quick! How many inches in a mile?  MineralMan   Oct-13-09 01:11 PM   #28 
  - Quick! Who cares?  Romulox   Oct-13-09 03:42 PM   #73 
  - In science, yes. In Commerce, no. People and merchants prefer the simplicity of  Captain Hilts   Oct-13-09 01:23 PM   #36 
  - You wouldn't use "hundreds of grams" though. You would use Kilograms.  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 01:25 PM   #39 
  - Italians use "etto" for 100 g  Retrograde   Oct-13-09 08:07 PM   #115 
  - And in Mexico you order your things as a quarer of a kilo,  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-13-09 04:41 PM   #89 
  - This Canadian sees kilograms, liters, or 100g/mL increments in most places (nt)  Posteritatis   Oct-13-09 05:32 PM   #95 
  - Not all scientific labs are metric.  Thothmes   Oct-13-09 06:44 PM   #108 
  - See.... Metrics suck USA got 186,000mps and the rest of world  Ichingcarpenter   Oct-13-09 01:11 PM   #25 
  - I'm curious  Bill McBlueState   Oct-13-09 01:50 PM   #49 
  - It was a caustic sarcastic comment  Ichingcarpenter   Oct-13-09 01:55 PM   #50 
  - The thing that killed the sarcastic humor is that it's 186,282 M/S ;-)  Tesha   Oct-13-09 02:33 PM   #58 
  - Didn't Grandpa Simpson already do this rant?  JBoris   Oct-13-09 01:12 PM   #29 
  - He did another good one on why we shouldn't recognize Missour-ah  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 01:19 PM   #33 
  - You'd be happier in Puerto Rico..  Fumesucker   Oct-13-09 01:31 PM   #41 
  - LOL that's cause 3 bucks a liter sounds better than 12 bucks a gallon...  walldude   Oct-13-09 05:36 PM   #98 
  - As an actual degreed aerospace engineer I hereby decree this a MORAN thread.  ddeclue   Oct-13-09 01:38 PM   #45 
  - There's no A in moron  taterguy   Oct-13-09 02:11 PM   #55 
  - Exactly.. I was making fun...  ddeclue   Oct-13-09 02:50 PM   #62 
  - There's no fun in GD  taterguy   Oct-13-09 02:59 PM   #65 
  - LOL!  conscious evolution   Oct-13-09 03:19 PM   #69 
  - In the idiotic American system, people specify lbm and lbf  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 05:16 PM   #93 
  - Technically the unit of mass in the American system is the "slug"..  ddeclue   Oct-13-09 05:35 PM   #97 
     - True that, and give me five minutes to review and i"ll be slinging  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 05:52 PM   #100 
        - You don't "weigh" things.. you measure their mass.  ddeclue   Oct-13-09 06:33 PM   #103 
           - But wouldn't the crackers settle in the box by the time you  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 08:38 PM   #122 
              - DUZY ALERT!  ddeclue   Oct-13-09 08:41 PM   #126 
  - I was in the last generation of engineers trained to use the slide rule.  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 06:41 PM   #106 
     - As an engineer who studied in the 80's and 90's I disagree.  ddeclue   Oct-13-09 08:31 PM   #120 
     - I showed my nephew the slide rule I used in high school  eridani   Oct-14-09 07:45 AM   #131 
  - Good rant about the Nazi measurement system  Kaleva   Oct-13-09 01:46 PM   #48 
  - I think we should measure distances in nanoseconds.  hunter   Oct-13-09 02:30 PM   #57 
  - I measure all speeds in furlongs per fortnight  Canuckistanian   Oct-13-09 04:29 PM   #84 
  - Did you think any of this through before you posted it?  HiFructosePronSyrup   Oct-13-09 02:35 PM   #59 
  - How many inches in a foot? in a yard?  question everything   Oct-13-09 02:41 PM   #60 
  - America has adopted the "Fruit" unit of measure.  bvar22   Oct-13-09 02:53 PM   #63 
  - LOL- let's not forget bushels & pecks  depakid   Oct-13-09 04:23 PM   #82 
  - It's not a bad idea for bra sizing  Lilith Velkor   Oct-13-09 06:38 PM   #105 
     - LOL.  bvar22   Oct-13-09 07:06 PM   #110 
  - All measurement systems are arbitrary  Retrograde   Oct-13-09 03:04 PM   #66 
  - Where's metric time?  BadgerKid   Oct-13-09 03:09 PM   #67 
  - Its ten oclock  conscious evolution   Oct-13-09 03:22 PM   #70 
  - Excellent point. The "Metric is more logical!" people fall silent... nt  Romulox   Oct-13-09 03:42 PM   #72 
  - No thanks. The hours would drag on far too long. LOL  berni_mccoy   Oct-13-09 03:46 PM   #75 
  - The French tried, during the Revolution  Retrograde   Oct-13-09 04:12 PM   #80 
  - Time in the metric system is measured in SECONDS,, YOU FAIL..  ddeclue   Oct-13-09 04:43 PM   #90 
  - Please enjoy this great punk song about the metric system:  bbernardini   Oct-13-09 03:38 PM   #71 
  - The meter is really poorly scaled to human environments.  Romulox   Oct-13-09 03:44 PM   #74 
  - Most people are 5.x feet tall. Your point? (nt)  Posteritatis   Oct-13-09 03:57 PM   #76 
     - "The meter is really poorly scaled to human environments."  Romulox   Oct-13-09 04:07 PM   #78 
     - Your example was broken. You're just because-I-said-soing. (nt)  Posteritatis   Oct-13-09 04:09 PM   #79 
        - You asked what my point was (which should have been self-evident)  Romulox   Oct-13-09 04:25 PM   #83 
           - You're most likely to hear a Brition tell you their weight in stone  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-13-09 05:52 PM   #101 
              - It does tend to suggest that *Brits* find stones more useful than kilos.  Romulox   Oct-14-09 07:35 AM   #130 
     - I'm not.  PSzymeczek   Oct-13-09 04:54 PM   #92 
  - Your information is incomplete.  immoderate   Oct-13-09 03:59 PM   #77 
  - I like the metric system.  Call Me Wesley   Oct-13-09 04:31 PM   #85 
  - What point are you trying to make about the kg standard?  Canuckistanian   Oct-13-09 04:36 PM   #86 
  - That anyone prefers the Imperial system bewilders me.  Donald Ian Rankin   Oct-13-09 04:38 PM   #87 
  - And expensive  conscious evolution   Oct-13-09 04:53 PM   #91 
  - It wasn't that one or the other system was used that caused the problem ,  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 07:32 PM   #112 
  - The only real reason people object is that it's not American  Posteritatis   Oct-13-09 05:30 PM   #94 
  - Forgive me to tell you this  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-13-09 04:38 PM   #88 
  - I fully expect to see a slow conversion to metric in industry  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 06:30 PM   #102 
     - Well the best way to do this converstion is one day you wake up  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-13-09 08:09 PM   #116 
        - Anyone who doesn't think the English system is exact needs  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 08:15 PM   #117 
           - I can do that with Kilos too  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-13-09 08:25 PM   #119 
              - English units were apparently exact enough to put men on the Moon  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 08:36 PM   #121 
                 - And they crashed a probe to Mars  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-13-09 08:41 PM   #125 
                    - I meet your crashed Mars probe and raise you  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 08:56 PM   #128 
  - Worst metric system critique ever  Taitertots   Oct-13-09 06:35 PM   #104 
  - I've tried measuring how much of something I need by counting off  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 06:44 PM   #107 
     - I tried to build parts here that people on the other side of the world used  Taitertots   Oct-13-09 07:22 PM   #111 
        - I recognize that life would be easier if everyone used the same units.  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 07:43 PM   #113 
  - The English/Imperial system is hazardous in many contexts  anAustralianobserver   Oct-13-09 06:45 PM   #109 
  - That's only because you need to stand on your head and  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 08:06 PM   #114 
  - I heard that in Australia that  conscious evolution   Oct-13-09 08:15 PM   #118 
     - Ah! Engineer humor!  hedgehog   Oct-13-09 08:39 PM   #123 
        - Have you ever seen the T&A beer curve?  conscious evolution   Oct-13-09 08:56 PM   #129 
  - we should have been forced to convert....  unkachuck   Oct-13-09 08:40 PM   #124 
  - IIRC the meter was originally defined as 1/1,000,000 the distance from the equator...  JVS   Oct-13-09 08:45 PM   #127 
  - Dennis Hopper said it best  JBoy   Oct-14-09 09:01 AM   #132 
 

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