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Old July 26th, 2006, 12:46 PM   #121
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Metric is SI, so if your learning somthing in the scientific area of study you have to use it, unless you want to be ignorent.

I don't understand Imperial, it's not logical, I know more about Chains and leauges and fathoms then Imperial, from books and stuff.
And about the cost, it wouldn't cost much, when a roadsign needs to be replaced just chuck up a Metric one instead, when foods get a new package design just convert the diet table into metric ect.
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Old July 26th, 2006, 07:16 PM   #122
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One thing (of many!) that bugs me about most UK newspapers is that they always talk about "sub-zero" temperatures when we have a cold snap, but then trumpet the fact that it's "101.4 degrees!!" in a heatwave. ****tards.
****tards make the world revolve.

I think they say "101.4 degrees" to trump the same temperature "39 degrees" they have in France. :P
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Old July 27th, 2006, 03:39 PM   #123
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what are the physical definitions of foot (inch, yard) and fahrenheit?
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Old July 28th, 2006, 05:11 PM   #124
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what are the physical definitions of foot (inch, yard) and fahrenheit?
In the UK and USA at least, a foot is defined as exactly 0.3048 metres (so an inch is 0.0254 metres, or 25.4mm, and a yard is 0.9144 metres). A degree Fahrenheit is defined as five-ninths of a Kelvin.

EDIT: Just remembered that there is a slightly different definition for the "survey foot" in the USA, namely 1200/3937 metres. Note however that in both cases the definition of the foot is derived from the SI metre
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Old July 28th, 2006, 05:17 PM   #125
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I don't understand Imperial, it's not logical, I know more about Chains and leauges and fathoms then Imperial, from books and stuff.
Chains and fathoms are Imperial units:

1 chain = 100 links, 66 feet, or 22 yards, or 11 fathoms.
1 fathom = 6 feet or 2 yards.
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 01:43 AM   #126
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Anyone have the story on why the US started making highways imperial and then stopped? Who was responsible?
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 03:42 PM   #127
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Anyone have the story on why the US started making highways imperial and then stopped? Who was responsible?
I think you have it confused. US highway signs have historically always been in US customary units (which in terms of distance are the same thing as Imperial), with a few, mostly temporary, metric exceptions...
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 09:05 AM   #128
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I think you have it confused. US highway signs have historically always been in US customary units (which in terms of distance are the same thing as Imperial), with a few, mostly temporary, metric exceptions...
I must have been asleep when i wrote that

According to this thread, there was a time when US highway laws directed new roads to be built to metric standards (1993). Why was this changed back to imperial?
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 09:14 AM   #129
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The one which could be divided in an easier way, in 10, 100, 1000... to get always the same units
Units have to be used by common people, not defined. Who minds of the scientific definition of the meter in everyday life!


Don't take this as an offence, but what kind of modern measurement system can still use those "strange" units?
Yard, feet, inches, why not an arm or an hand? Why don't we use an elbow for measurements?
I know that those are fixed as standards... but the question is that they don't work in a simple way.

Gosh, I can divide in a moment some kilometers by centimeters... try to divide miles by inches, what a mess!!

1 foot = 12 inches. Then, 1 mile = 5280 feet.
1 square foot = 144 sq. inches. 1 square miles = ... oh, WTF!

So, tell me without a calculator how many sq.inches there are in 1 sq. mile!!

100 cm = 1 meter ... 1000 meters = 1 km
10000 square cm = 1 sq. meter, simply because it's 100^2!

Our original question:
1 km = 10^5 cm
so, simply 1 sq.km= 10^10 cm!

You only have to cut and add some zeros! That's so simple!
Once you get one, you get the whole system... I really never understood the existence of the imperial system in a modern, science-based world
No kidding! Imperial conversion, when I have to do it, drives me BONKERS! Very colourful example too, made me laugh.

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Old August 8th, 2006, 12:02 AM   #130
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I have another example similar to the one Wilhelm275 posted. Today somebody was joking about how he would probably "drink his body weight in beer" on a stag weekend, so I instantly wondered how much beer that was.

Well, in S.I. units it's easy. I weigh 70kg, so that would be about 70 litres of beer.

In imperial I weigh about 11 stones, which is 154 pounds, which is (and I had to think for a minute how many ounces were in a pound) 2,464 ounces. 2,464 fluid ounces equals 123.2 pints. Not quite as easy!
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Old August 10th, 2006, 03:02 AM   #131
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I know one thing that killed kilometers in the US: the government's habit of rounding speed limits down to the nearest whole multiple of 10. I guarantee that there would have been a groundswell of popular support for metric signage had the metric speed limits been higher than the imperial ones.

The funniest one I read about, though, was a "44km/h" sign that was vandalized into oblivion within a matter of days by enraged drivers (this was back when the speed limit was still 55mph and about as close to universally detested as a law could get).
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Old August 10th, 2006, 08:44 AM   #132
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44mph? Where was that? That's such a random-seeming number!
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Old August 10th, 2006, 09:49 AM   #133
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I've kindof wrapped myself around the centigrade system. kindof
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Old August 10th, 2006, 03:34 PM   #134
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I think it was 30mph. Had they marked the metric speed limit as 50km/h, people would have been happy.
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Old August 10th, 2006, 10:05 PM   #135
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Oh right, 44kmh. That's 27.5mph, isn't it?
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Old August 12th, 2006, 01:59 PM   #136
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Remember our R&D and Science uses the metric system like everybody else, so why make my grandmother learn that her quart is now 0.91 liters?
Because the grandmothers of the world are on their way out. Don't hold back the kids of the world and accustom them to obsolete, archaic units to keep them compatible with them.

On the other hand, we can destroy all the modern technology in the world, so that the grannies won't have to stand puzzled, confused and dumbfounded whenever they have to withdraw money from a newly upgraded bank machine.

Mind you, I'm one of those hyperprogressivists who types on a Dvorak keyboard. I have a feeling I'm quite alone on this.
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Old August 12th, 2006, 02:05 PM   #137
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In America we're used to imperial, and I don't know where the pro-metric lobby gets its jollies, but it should quit trying to make the entire world think alike. Celebrate our differences, fools.
The Romans, their European subjects, and their modern descendants in the Western world should have continued to use Roman numerals, whereas only those Arab Islamic camel jockeys and terrorists should use decimal digits.
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Old August 12th, 2006, 07:17 PM   #138
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http://www.metricsucks.org/ramblings.html

I LOVE this website

What would life be like if the English standard system didn't exist?

The Indy 500 would be the Indy 804.67; there would also be the Daytona 804.67

A football field would be 91.44 meters long

Jules Verne would never have written 96561 kilometers under the sea

A 9 pound hammer would be known as a 4.0823 kilogram hammer

Peter Piper would have had to pick 7570.8 cubic centimeters of pickled peppers

14515 kilograms and what do your get? Another day older and a deeper in debt.

Top fuel drag racers would be doing the 0.40234 kilometer in under 5 seconds

Give him 2.54 centimeters, he'll take 1.6093 Kilometers

You'd have to order 236.58 milliliters of coffe
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Old August 13th, 2006, 03:40 AM   #139
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Because the grandmothers of the world are on their way out. Don't hold back the kids of the world and accustom them to obsolete, archaic units to keep them compatible with them.

On the other hand, we can destroy all the modern technology in the world, so that the grannies won't have to stand puzzled, confused and dumbfounded whenever they have to withdraw money from a newly upgraded bank machine.

Mind you, I'm one of those hyperprogressivists who types on a Dvorak keyboard. I have a feeling I'm quite alone on this.
How much do they cost???
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Old August 13th, 2006, 03:58 AM   #140
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Metric measurements is ok, I guess

But the Celcius so-called "temperature scale" is dangerous and evil
Celsius is better than Farenheit in that it is based entirely on water (ie: 0 degrees is the temperature water freezes at, while it boils at 100)...but it still makes no sense to have negative temperature because--and i am getting very scientific here--it doesnt make sense to have negative particle movement.

In short: temperature should be measured in Kelvin

It is now 301 degrees outside
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