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Originally posted by die_another_day
I find that the use of the imperial system is relatively archaic and impractical in a modern world of science. When you go to continetal Europe or Asia, you can't ask for a pound or cup of whatever. You can't ask for a gallon of gas. You can't ask them you record your height in inches.
And at least it's no worse than measuring a horse's height in hands!
read the section on cooking, and discover how "teaspoon" and "tablespoon" are creeping back into metric cookbooks (!)
Originally posted by PopeyeFAFL
With a digital mini-scale that you can reset to zero before you add stuff, I prefer to weight things.
Originally posted by Treer
Also, using the Imperial system is a bit of a cultural thing at this point too. Americans tend to get slammed pretty hard for any instances of interfering with other cultures culture . . . .
Originally posted by PopeyeFAFL
... Now except for the USA, is there another country that is not Metric? I doubt it (UK is metric, since the 60's).
I which the USA switch to the Metric system, for several reasons:
1- Metric system is far more logical.
2- In medicine, all pills or injection quantity are all in Metric (so many mg or cc of this medication, etc.) otherwise you life will be in danger (errors will occur if there was 2 systems).
3- In electricity, I don't think that we have an imperial equivalent of Watts, Volts, etc.
4- But the most important aspect of the US switching to the Metric system (in fact the S.I. system (Système Internationale)) will be for the symbolic gesture that being in tune with the whole planet will represent. So instead of doing Cavalier Seul the USA could be like any other country.
After 8 years of Bush, the USA has a lot of catching up to do, so the Metric system could be a nice start.
To bring others into this world, the United States needs to make its own commitment to the system clear. So far, America has been able to have it both ways. It is the global rule-maker but doesn't always play by the rules. And forget about standards created by others. Only three countries in the world don't use the metric system—Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States. For America to continue to lead the world, we will have to first join it.
Generations from now, when historians write about these times, they might note that by the turn of the 21st century, the United States had succeeded in its great, historical mission—globalizing the world. We don't want them to write that along the way, we forgot to globalize ourselves.
Originally posted by dave420
Metric units make sense. It's like A4 paper instead of Letter - slight differences, but one is FAR more thought-out than the other. The real beauty of both the metric system and A4 paper is when you're converting from one unit to another, or from one paper size to another - the units are defined in such a way that they are all related, easing conversion.
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
Here's an article by a Belgian, who's used to the metric system, talking about French and Dutch speakers borrowing the Imperial system to express themselves in every day life.
article by Joan Pontius