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Should the US switch to the Metric System?
Yes, within 5 years [ 25 ]  [47.17%]
Yes, within 10 years [ 6 ]  [11.32%]
Not sure [ 3 ]  [5.66%]
No, never [ 16 ]  [30.19%]
No, not until it's studied further [ 3 ]  [5.66%]
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Posted on 06-Apr-2004, 11:41 PM
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Eh, go into physics sometime. My physics classes are half in metric, half in ... uh, english, I guess. Isn't that SI? SI!=metric, correct?

ANyrate, it's half and half, and in my physics classes, they're mostly COMPLETELY separate, so it's like they don't measure the same things. Of course, I could gladly go to physics. It's just a lot more logical. Everything makes sense, none of this bizarre stuff w/ 5280 ft in a mile, 12inches in a foot, 2 cups in a pint, 2 pints in a quart, 4 quards in a gallon, 55 gallons in a barrel (I think), and then hogsheads and othe rmeasurements. That's CRAZY. Besides, we already use metric for measuring certain things, like energy. Kilowatt hours and micropharads. Anything electronics-related is in metric and metric along. You'll notice it's not the six-and-a-half foot wavelength, it's the two-meter wavelength. 144Mhz, roughly. Oh, look, another metric measurement.

Really, we're already half-way there... Just need to convert a few more measurements over, and we'll be ready to have our 4800km-wide country.
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Posted on 07-Apr-2004, 09:08 AM
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I'm so impressed but have only half-a-clue ( idiot.gif ) about what you just said CeltWolf. I can do the 2 cups to a pint and a pints a pound the world around but other than that I'm just a gray-haired blonde trying to get by teaching the English language to a bunch of kids who could give a hoot about anything but ugly things. tongue.gif

Spanish would be a good language tho for us to learn and universalize in the US. Like Sarge said, our population is headed that way biggrin.gif


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Posted on 07-Apr-2004, 10:13 AM
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Bueno, vaminos con español.

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Posted on 07-Apr-2004, 11:18 AM
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Mas Cervesa, Por Favor! Donde la Banya?
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Posted on 07-Apr-2004, 02:43 PM
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¿Como? No lo se que es eso. Pero el baño es la segunda puerta a la derecha. Recuerde, baja la tapa. biggrin.gif

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Ok, you 2. I haven't learned Spanish yet. I do plan on learning it after I'm finished with my BS in September. That way I can talk to my wife's Mexican relatives -- and you guys!


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Posted on 07-Apr-2004, 03:33 PM
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QUOTE (JaneyMae @ Apr 6 2004, 04:06 PM)


ManxMan, how do you say more beer in German?

Noch ein Bier bitte !

Klein oder Gross ? (big or small)

Ein Liter bitte ! ( a big beer = 1 Litre = 1 3/4 pints)

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Which language is this topic in? I could of sworn it was english, but maybe it is spanish... unsure.gif


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The Unites States of America should not go metric. But, if you look logically, it would be best. When why, you ask, should they not go metric? Plain and simple: we give up heritage. We lose some of being American if we do this. It may not seem like much, as Communists seem to be a bigger threat than changing road signs, but for Americans it is. A good deal of Americans are patriotic towards their distances. Besides, what could our Government know whats good for us? Americans don't have a say in Government policies anyways. Democracy is a lie.
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Posted on 07-Apr-2004, 06:20 PM
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I think the US Should convert to metric and I am an American. It doesn't make sense not to switch it is just lazy and stubborn not to. Start teaching both to kids now and phase it in if the older people are stuck in their ways. Like someone else said, the miltary uses it. Industries are using it. Everyone uses it but us. I think it is easier with everything based around measures of ten instead of 12 inches in a foot, etc.

I don't know it very well now, but I would be willing to learn. it isn't as if I was taught it and now i want everyone else to convert to the ways I know.



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QUOTE (Herrerano @ Apr 7 2004, 01:43 PM)

¿Como? No lo se que es eso. Pero el baño es la segunda puerta a la derecha. Recuerde, baja la tapa. biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (manxman @ Apr 7 2004, 02:33 PM)
QUOTE (JaneyMae @ Apr 6 2004, 04:06 PM)


ManxMan, how do you say more beer in German?

Noch ein Bier bitte !

Klein oder Gross ? (big or small)

Ein Liter bitte ! ( a big beer = 1 Litre = 1 3/4 pints)

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QUOTE (manxman @ Apr 7 2004, 02:33 PM)
QUOTE (JaneyMae @ Apr 6 2004, 04:06 PM)


ManxMan, how do you say more beer in German?

Noch ein Bier bitte !

Klein oder Gross ? (big or small)

Ein Liter bitte ! ( a big beer = 1 Litre = 1 3/4 pints)

danka mein froiden!
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Posted on 08-Apr-2004, 07:47 AM
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QUOTE (tsargent62 @ Apr 7 2004, 02:54 PM)
Ok, you 2. I haven't learned Spanish yet. I do plan on learning it after I'm finished with my BS in September. That way I can talk to my wife's Mexican relatives -- and you guys!

BS in September? You have been BSing all the time I've known you! You are very good at it. biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (loialarent @ Apr 7 2004, 05:49 PM)
The Unites States of America should not go metric. But, if you look logically, it would be best. When why, you ask, should they not go metric? Plain and simple: we give up heritage. We lose some of being American if we do this. It may not seem like much, as Communists seem to be a bigger threat than changing road signs, but for Americans it is. A good deal of Americans are patriotic towards their distances. Besides, what could our Government know whats good for us? Americans don't have a say in Government policies anyways. Democracy is a lie.

What does the Imperial System have to do with American heritage? It is not an American system. It has its roots in Roman history. Besides, isn't one of the strengths of American society adaptability? Isn't that why we've flourished and grown the largest economy in the world?

I think the metric system would be a way to strengthen our global economic picture. I wonder how many businesses outside the US don't want to deal with us because they would have to convert to Imperial measures.

Communism a threat? Not so much anymore, IMHO. There is only 1 major country left with communist government: China. And they're growing more and more capitalistic. I bet they use the metric system there. wink.gif
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