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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 07-06-2007, 10:48 PM   #1
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The Metric System in the USA

The controversy continues. So do we or don't we convert? Vote and state your reasons.
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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The changeover would have to be gradual so people and businesses could switch over. Once that's done, the metric system would make life a lot easier.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:57 PM   #3
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Am very conversant with both systems.

I cannot comment on the economic impact to industry.

But I don't think most people wouldl have too much of a problem.

For every day purposes we will need a few more measuring toys, such as scales in grams and kilos, rulers and tape measures in cm and measuring cups in ml, that sort of thing. It is just as easy to measure the length of your foot in cm as it is in inches, you just need the right tool with marks in cm.

And as Andy says the change would occur gradually with both units being used. We would not have to go into a deli the day after the new system was adopted and ask for 250 grams of salami, nah, we could still just order half a pound.

For those times when one needs to convert measurements I am sure there will be tons of pocket calculators on the market that one could probably pick up at Walmart for a few bucks.

I don't think it will be a problem for most people, it is just the fear of those conversions we had to make in school that I believe daunts many folk.

Anyway just my take on things.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:03 AM   #4
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OK, I voted yes, just because that would make life simpler here. LOL. OK, really though, I had to laugh about measuring your foot in cm instead of inches. Canada has been metric for 30 years or more and I've NEVER measured my foot in anything but inches. There are some pieces of imperial measurement that just "stick". And there are those folks who are resistant to ANY change at all.

IMO, the easiest way to change is to just DO it. Put it in the schools and teach it to the kids and let them bring it home to their parents to help teach it to them. Worked here.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:27 AM   #5
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I don't really see what the difference is. If people are happy with imperial and understand it then why not just leave it be? i voted for the third "whatever" one.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:33 AM   #6
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i voted for no .. i grew up in scotland .. learned metric ..
now in US and a carpenter .. i am trying to think
how much confusion and money a change like that would
cost .. my guess is it would be a disaster ..
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:25 PM   #7
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I've NEVER measured my foot in anything but inches.
i'm hoping you always came up with 12...

i say go for the metric system.

it's 28.35 times easier.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:06 PM   #8
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we have already begun with liters of soda, etc. That 12oz "pound of coffee"??? well three of them makes a kilo.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:18 PM   #9
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well yeah,

i was taught metric in jr. high cause it was just around the corner . It was so easy to learn. We should just get on with it
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:19 PM   #10
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The controversy continues. So do we or don't we convert?
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The changeover would have to be gradual so people and businesses could switch over. Once that's done, the metric system would make life a lot easier.
What controversy? I was taught the metric system in elementary school and told I had to learn it because those were going to be the units of measure in the future. That was nearly 50 years ago and I guess they were right but the changeover has been extremely gradual indeed. Soda is sold by the liter. Virtually everything in the grocery store is labeled both ways. The only way I can imagine it turning into a controversy would be if somebody was silly enough to try to mandate it.
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