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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Spart, Panocio or whatever his name was, already converted the board foot! Frank

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

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    No, you'll replace it with the third-of-a-meter hot dog - 10% bigger!
    It didn't work with third of a meter. We get a half meter sausage. So even more bigger! And You can order a one meter tray of beer...

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    They did try to convert to metric back in the early 70's , it was in our schools and that is what we had to use.
    It did not work , too much of our system is just taught to us from birth . They dropped it a few years later and all went back to the norm here.
    It is still listed on most things , metric that is but when it comes down to it we use our system the most.

    In Engineering we did use the Metric system on some things but we found that we still converted it back into our system when we worked on projects.
    As it is now I can use either one but I use the American standard Engineering the most.
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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Temperature Conversion.

    Celsius (C) to Fahrenheit (F) (C x 1.8) +32 = ___ F 25C = 77F

    Fahrenheit (F) to Celsius (C) (F -32) / 1.8 = ___C 77F = 25C

    Now explain this -40 C = -40 F ??

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    get back in the closet
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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    packerbacker, you forgot.... Don't quit your day job either

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Our American system of 12 comes from the Biblical system of cubits given to the Hebrews by God recorded in the Bible.

    The metric system of ten is a form rebellion against God and His laws.

    Is it just coincidence the the USA is the most blessed nation in history and we use God's measuring system?
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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Hmmm, I never measured anything in cubits before. I suspect God told them to build things in measurements known to the builders.

    The older cars from the '80s were a bit aggravating because some of the stuff was metric and some was standard, all under the same hood. Stupidity. A 3/8" wrench is a bit smaller than a 10mm but they look the same, so you grab both. A 13mm is slightly larger than a 1/2". 14mm smaller than a 9/16", etc... Using one where when you should use the other can ruin the fastener head. At least cars are pretty much the same now with metric across the board. I don't mind having both systems to deal with, as long as they aren't mixed together.
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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Is there any real reason to change to metric? Why should we have a logical system, when we still have an illogical coin system. The penny is worthless, and we still keep making them. There is no reason to be in step with the rest of the world, lets just live in our own little bubble and pretend that the rest of the world does not exist. Im sure after a while, all the metric countries in the world will change to our simple system, once they see how logical it is. Why have a system that even a first grader can learn? How many people know how many feet are in a mile, how many sq feet are in an acre, how many acre's are in a sq mile, how many feet in a nautical mile? If anyone can answer correctly, then he is in the 1% class. For the rest of us, we have to look it up on Google! That is being SMART.

    They tried the metric system in California years ago, hi-way signs were in km, and miles, but people were shooting holes in the signs, which is logical of course. If you dont agree with it, then shoot it!

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    as an engineer, I use "2.54" just about everyday of my life. Metric, divided by 2.54, will give you the American measurement.

    1cm / 2.54 = .394 inches (rounded up).

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    they trayed to back in the 70s we said no way american standard or else and they dropped the idea before gas went back to normal prices

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankn View Post
    Look at it this way, they are both odd systems, one is based on the diameter of the earth at the equator and the other is based on an old English kings foot. So take your choice ? It's what you got use to. The older you are, the less you want to change. By the way, don't worry about the wrench sizes, just use the one that fits. many are interchangeable and there is always the fitsall adj. Frank
    Maybe you should look at it this way:
    Many life threatening have occured, just because some people refuse to go along with "International Standard".

    Especially in the "International Business" for example the "Gimli Glider", a brand new 767 that took off with less fuel than required and landed on a drag race strip.
    There is a lot more happening in this and other industries, that create these conversion problems on dialy basis.

    But they are mostly prevented from becoming a life threatning situation because of multiple checks, but Murphey's Law states:
    "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"... and that day pro-SI people will be saying "I told you so"
    Last edited by reconx86; Oct 04, 2012 at 10:38 PM.

  14. #29
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    I thought that we already converted to the metric system. I taught high school science and social studies(mostly science) and our books here in San Antonio were all in metrics. It is such an easy system to learn. One or two classes of explanation and practice and the students were set for the year. Never a problem and then they used it in college too. Little conversion chart where you moved a decimal point right or left. Piece of cake.

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    From an industrial/manufacturing point of view, back in the 80's and into the early 90's there was a big push to convert everything to metric due to all the European markets that were pressuring American manufactures/suppliers with these demands. And believe it or not, some patents were even threatened unless they were converted to metric components. At the time I was working with a lot American auto manufacturers/suppliers/engineers, ect., and this was a constant concern for them.
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