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Old 07-06-2007, 03:20 PM   #1
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Metric System

Ok, I just heard on the radio this morning that there are only 3 countries in the entire world that DON'T use the metric system. US, Liberia and Myanmar. How weird is THAT?

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Old 07-06-2007, 03:39 PM   #2
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The US is too stubborn to change.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:44 PM   #3
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I wasn't advocating change at all. Just thought it was an interesting mix of countries. I also thought it was sort of amazing that there are only 3 countries that don't have metric. I can convert in my head because we have been metric since I was a kid, but living next door to the US we have lots of imperial measurements kicking around.

Ooooo...yet another random thought. "Imperial" measurement implies there is a king or someone mandating the system doesn't it? LOL. US certainly doesn't have that!
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:18 PM   #4
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I do advocate the change all the time. But the other day I was dealing with this fake Jewels saler and everything was in metric. Here I am I grew up with metric, it is all I knew till I was 30 and I got stumbled, i could not figure out, or rather couldn't see it in my head how big the jewls were going to be. Had to figure out in inches, silly me. But I would still love to have everything in metric. To be completely fair I have to mention that all the pipe threads in Russia were in inches, they never changed.

BTW, how about Canada, or as my son says Canenada?
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:54 PM   #5
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As someone who was born and raised in America, moved to Moscow, Russia in 1992 then to Germany in 2004 (and I honestly don't remember anything being in ANY kind of imperial measurement in Russia), this is something that can be really confusing on some levels, but automatic on others. For example, temp is never an issue, I have the conversions memorized. Same with volume measurments and lenghts. But some of it can be tough. It'd be nice if the US would convert.

And the UK should probably start using kilometers instead of miles, too. UK still uses imperial for some things.

You're right, though, Alex... what an odd assortment of countries still using Imperial. Hmm.
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:37 PM   #6
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I'm am 100% for a conversion to metric. It would make life so much easier.

I often switch my scale from ounces to grams when I have to do some calculations on the weight of foods. That makes it vastly easier to deal with.
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I'm am 100% for a conversion to metric. It would make life so much easier.
I am too. I think it is crazy we have not changed over. Metric makes so much more sense.
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I'm am 100% for a conversion to metric. It would make life so much easier.

I often switch my scale from ounces to grams when I have to do some calculations on the weight of foods. That makes it vastly easier to deal with.
being in Canada I have grown up with metric, but I still get ounces better then grams and inches better then centimeters. But I completely agree with the temp thing, imperial temp is so very confusing!
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:53 AM   #9
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Whoops! sorry I abandoned you there, had to go back to work. LOL.

Charlie, in Canada we do everything in metric. BUT...we still have imperial measures visible in some places. We weigh ourselves in pounds for example. And give our height in feet and inches. All my measuring cups have both systems of measurement on them. And many rulers do too. Sewing and cooking often require you to be able to convert easily as they can be either one. I can't think of other examples at the moment, but I am sure there are some.

I just think it is odd that metric is universally accepted by almost the entire world. I had NO idea it was so far flung.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:42 PM   #10
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I often switch my scale from ounces to grams when I have to do some calculations on the weight of foods. That makes it vastly easier to deal with.
When I make bread I useally weigh everthing in grams. It seems easier and more accurate for small quantities also.
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