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The US military already has to use the metric system extensively, FYI.
Metric is easier to learn....
American adults should help their kids to learn...
Damn being lazy americans... Learn to move with the world instead of expecting the world to move at your command...
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
reply to post by virgom129
I understand what you are saying... and a part of me agrees. But old habits die hard.
Here, if I am talking to someone and tell them that an agricultural sprayer will cover 200 sq feet...they know what I am talking about. Otherwise, I'm just wasting time.
I work at a farm store and we sell power equipment...chain saws, lawn tractors, etc. Much of what we sell comes in CCs....like 120cc power water pump. Everybody wants to know how much HP or horse power it has... and they will not buy it if they don't know either.
Honda has a good name, but you get a Briggs and Stratton motor with 18.5 HP...it'll sell everytime.
Originally posted by virgom129
reply to post by AlreadyGone
Yeah but thats just old ideas.. The US has had 40 years to change the education system but chooses not to...
I just wonder why.. Americans are as smart as us here in Australia so why not change to a universally accepted better system?
Originally posted by LightFantastic
Us Brits have a met-perial system as described by a another poster for general use but our science uses SI. There are more oddities, such as we use feet and inches to decribe our height but measure other things in metres. We also state our weight in stones but measure everything else in kg.
‘I arst you civil enough, didn't I?’ said the old man, straightening his shoulders pugnaciously. ‘You telling me you ain't got a pint mug in the 'ole bleeding boozer?’
‘And what in hell's name is a pint?’ said the barman, leaning forward with the tips of his fingers on the counter.
‘Ark at 'im! Calls 'isself a barman and don't know what a pint is! Why, a pint's the 'alf of a quart, and there's four quarts to the gallon. 'Ave to teach you the A, B, C next.’
‘Never heard of 'em,’ said the barman shortly. ‘Litre and half litre — that's all we serve. There's the glasses on the shelf in front of you.’
‘I likes a pint,’ persisted the old man. ‘You could 'a drawed me off a pint easy enough. We didn't 'ave these bleeding litres when I was a young man.’