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Here's a map of countries that have not yet adopted the metric system

 
 
Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 01:37 am
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/Metric_system.png/350px-Metric_system.png

Liberia, Myanmar and the United States rocking it like it's 1900! Is there anyone here who believes the US shouldn't switch to the system that makes sense?
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 01:46 am
@Robert Gentel,
I conceded the issue about 20 years ago. Still, if Japan wants these classy American cars bad enough, they can invest in a set of English sized wrenches.

Uh oh.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 01:48 am
Here's a map with adoption dates for the rest of the world. Both of these are courtesy of Wikipedia.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/eb/SI-metrication-world.png/800px-SI-metrication-world.png
hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 02:16 am
@Robert Gentel,
Australia adopted the metric system in 1972 actually.... I lived through it as a 10 year old, a mere 5 years after going decimal currency.
Nick Ashley
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 02:40 am
The only reason I've ever heard when asked why we don't switch is things like "But then a football field wouldn't be the same length, if it were 100 meters instead of 100 yards". Dumb. The yard measurement would still exist, and could still be used in sports. It just wouldn't be the default that the country uses.

But on a bigger scale, why doesn't everyone speak Esperanto and use the Dvorak keyboard layout?
dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 04:02 am
@Nick Ashley,
Quote:
why doesn't everyone speak Esperanto



How dare you!


I speak it like a native!




























Nah...that's just an old sig line of Craven's I have been dying to use forever. Always loved it.
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mismi
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 04:55 am
@Robert Gentel,
Why hasn't the U.S. gone metric?
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 05:03 am
@Robert Gentel,
i've done a couple of overseas projects in metric.
MUCH easier than imperial...
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 05:30 am
@mismi,
Public resistance, would be my guess. Plus intolerance of "foreign interferance" in our affairs.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 06:29 am
@Robert Gentel,
Quote:
I conceded the issue about 20 years ago.
Still, if Japan wants these classy American cars bad enough,
they can invest in a set of English sized wrenches.

SO STIPULATED.

I will admit that the metric system is better,
but I am very glad that we have NOT adopted the better system
because I am accustomed to the English system and I DON 'T wanna change.
There is too much change.
It RANKLES me when miles r rendered in kilometers.
A kilometer shoud have been defined as being exactly = to a mile
and a meter 1/1000th thereof.

(However, I still support fully fonetic spelling, like the Spanish.)




David
DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 06:38 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
(However, I still support fully fonetic spelling, like the Spanish.)

<Looks suspiciously at David.>
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 06:48 am
@Nick Ashley,
Quote:
on a bigger scale,
why doesn't everyone speak Esperanto and use the Dvorak keyboard layout?

Dvorak is clearly the better system.
QWERTY was intended to sabotage the typists' speed,
to reduce key jams.
We shoud abandon the QWERTY layout, in favor of Dvorak.
I 'd love to c Congress outlaw it as a burden on interstate commerce.




David
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 06:50 am
@DrewDad,
Quote:
<Looks suspiciously at David.>

Suspicion is justified.

I am guilty of inconsistency, and persist therein.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 06:57 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
Suspicion is justified.

"llano"

"servilleta"

You're not pulling our legs, are you? <squints>
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hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 06:59 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
QWERTY was intended to sabotage the typists' speed,
to reduce key jams.


Ah, David, wouldn't reducing key jams increase the typist's speed?

You're not technically incorrect you just represent it wrong - QWERTY was meant to overcome insufficiencies in the mechanics of the early typewriter.

Nevertheless it's a good point. As a touch typist I've never even thought about using the Dvorak keyboard, it might be inefficient but it's what I'm used to. AH HA! that's why the USA is still using imperial measurements (rebelled against british imperial rule, but kept their bizarre system of measurements).

Hey, you may not know this but: type

750 furlongs in fathoms

into the google search box.
FreeDuck
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 07:02 am
@mismi,
Quote:
Why hasn't the U.S. gone metric?


I think the answer so far is "because we don't have to".

I agree that we should, though.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 09:40 am
@Robert Gentel,
That's funny.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 09:49 am
I'm pretty sure that we've been trying to teach youngster metric as well as imperial since I was a kid. Unfortunately, because imperial is what is in common use, metric mostly just goes away.
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George
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 11:45 am
Maybe if we just hold on long enough, the rest of the world will come to realize
we were right after all and repent their metric sins.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 11:46 am
@Robert Gentel,
Here in the States, our cars get 40 Rods to the Hogshead and that's the way we likes it!

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:5eARE2-SyzdRVM:http://www.simpsoncrazy.com/gallery/screenshots/lists/news_198.jpg

Cycloptichorn
 

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