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View Poll Results: Should the USA Convert to the Metric System?
NO! Absolutely not. Never! 31 39.24%
YES! It's idiotic not to! 30 37.97%
I don't care. What's the difference 6 7.59%
I suppose so, some day 8 10.13%
It's HARD. I'd have to think to follow a recipe 4 5.06%
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:11 PM   #41
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How many lines in a kilo? Is a line a metric or imperial unit of measure?
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:17 PM   #42
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No, it was more of a Ziploc baggie kind of concept, Andy.
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:42 PM   #43
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There is no doubt the metric system is simpler and more straightforward.
The advantages are not just relative to single measurements (weight or dimensions) and relationships to bigger/smaller units, but also when converting volume to weight... To me, is an absolute YES so we can use our brains for more productive tasks rather than memorize how many liquid oz. has a gallon.
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:43 PM   #44
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Andy,
A line is an imperial measurement, there is no such thing in the metric system
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Old 07-17-2007, 09:37 AM   #45
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For a few years after they converted to metric in Australia, my father used to convert temperatures, speeds and distances back to imperial. But after a while he just stopped. He just started to know that 26º C is a lovely forecast, 130 km/h is too fast to drive and a 2 km walk is not that far. My father was an old stick in the mud but he managed very well.

I'm grateful that people like my father changed their thinking so that their kids could use the same measures as most of the world and wouldn't be stuck trying to divide by 8 or 12 or 16 or some other random number. Multiples of 10 are so much easier to calculate.
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:05 AM   #46
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How many lines in a kilo? Is a line a metric or imperial unit of measure?
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Andy,
A line is an imperial measurement, there is no such thing in the metric system
What is a line in this context?
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:11 PM   #47
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We converted here in the UK back in the 70s and still have dual systems. Metric is taught in schools so gradually the bias is going towards the metric and as a teacher, I have to do all the work in metric units. Us oldies still go and buy a pound of meat.

Food is mostly labelled in metric especially as the European Union is trying to force metrication through and most food supplies are sold throughout Europe.

As someone else said, you start to know the rough comparisons eg a lb is approx the same as 450g, a pint is about 600ml. I still find miles & kilometers hard to compare.
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:32 PM   #48
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Having to go through the exact opposit, let me tell you, it was probably harder.
Metric is perfectly logical and simple.
Going from there to perfectly illogical measurements - now that is hard!
And just think, how much more accurate measurements are if you use grams for instance.
And how much easier is multiplying by 10 is.
That's all metric is about
1x10=10x10=100x10=1000
Weight, linear measurements, distances all the same principal.
Isn't that easier?
1 mile is 1.6 km (or 16000m)
I have no idea how many yards in a mile, but I know there are 1000m in a km.
Before I make it look more confusing, I think the opposition is only about a mindset. Nobody can argue the logic.
The whole world is using metric (well almost), why not we?
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:18 PM   #49
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1 mile is 1.6 km (or 16000m)
You said 1.6 km = 16,000 m

simple base 10 system indeed.

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Old 07-17-2007, 01:38 PM   #50
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Sorry,

1 mile is 1600m

and yes, it is simple 10 based system.
1 km = 1000m
The problem is miles not the km
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