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Plus, when two countries collaborate on a project involving engineering for example, it can go tits up due to a mistake in the understanding of the units used. (I have a feeling there was a space project which had faults due to this).
Why the hell do you chaps use ounces to measure fluid?! Just use mls or pints ffs!
And all the other stuff too! Like the size of stuff. What the hell is an inch supposed to represent? Or a foot? My foot is not a foot long.
Originally posted by Raud
Or a foot? My foot is not a foot long.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
No freak'n way.
This is America. If we want to keep our heritage of inches and miles, then we can keep our heritage. Just as the Brits want to keep their Queen of England - we can keep our inches and miles.
No freak'n way. This is America. If we want to keep our heritage of inches and miles, then we can keep our heritage. Just as the Brits want to keep their Queen of England - we can keep our inches and miles.
You can keep our measurements (Imperial). We still use it; works just fine. I dunno why some Europeans complain, its not that hard to convert between kms and miles... how stupid do you have to be not to be able to roughly convert a number by about one and a half times.
The problem with the elitists in Europe who try to force this on Americans is they have no concept of large countries and long distance driving. What sounds further, 1000 miles or 1609 kilometer. Well let me tell you, I wouldn't drive that 1609 kilo-thingy because it just seems further. This same distance between Denver and Los Angles would be like 1 3/4 trips from Paris to Berlin.
I think the rest of the world should use what the leader in technology and what industry we have left, uses. Inches and real pounds work just fine, thank you!
Originally posted by Totakeke
We are the last country to not be officially metric. Our children would do better in math and science and America could once again be the scientific and mathematically competitive country it used to be.
[edit on 12-12-2008 by Totakeke]
Do you really think that changing to the metric system would do all of that? You're in for a big surprise. Also, we're the last ones? So? Does that make us wrong?