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Hydrae
07-16-2007, 03:03 PM
Given that the system of weights and measures we currently used is the "English" system and England gave that up long ago, why are we clinging to this achaic, non-intuitive system?

Below is a map showing all the countries not using the Metric system currently. Can you name the others without looking them up? (I was close on one and lost with the other)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Metric_system.png

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Metric_system.png

Pitt Gorilla
07-16-2007, 03:09 PM
Because we don't use a base 10 number system....Wait...

Radar Chief
07-16-2007, 03:10 PM
Actually, England hasnít fully integrated the metric system. At least they still measure speed in MPH.

Hydrae
07-16-2007, 03:15 PM
Actually, England hasnít fully integrated the metric system. At least they still measure speed in MPH.


I actually asked that of the guy who sent me this map. I believe they use miles all the way around, for speed and for distance (I suppose that it would be silly with any other combination).

orange
07-16-2007, 03:22 PM
"Why aren't we using the metric system?"

Because it's French. Are you at all familiar with politics in America?

HolmeZz
07-16-2007, 03:25 PM
I assume that's all the US, Liberia, and Myanmar have in common.

trndobrd
07-16-2007, 03:53 PM
Because we are the last line of defense defending our cultural heratige for future generation. Within twenty years of adopting the metric system the meaning of The Who's "I Can See for Miles" would be lost to the world forever.

Hydrae
07-16-2007, 03:58 PM
I assume that's all the US, Liberia, and Myanmar have in common.


Good call. I actually had looked at an older map and saw it as Butan. :)

Rooster
07-16-2007, 04:06 PM
Within twenty years of adopting the metric system the meaning of The Who's "I Can See for Miles" would be lost to the world forever.

ROFL I never thought of it like that before.

I guess Denver would then be called 1.6 Kilometer High. I can live with that. :)

KC Dan
07-16-2007, 04:09 PM
Don't forget the 1.6 kilometer high club

or

it really is 15.24cm long....

Ultra Peanut
07-16-2007, 04:13 PM
What's that country in the Pacifici I bet they're not commies!

Hydrae
07-16-2007, 04:15 PM
What's that country in the Pacifici I bet they're not commies!



Umm, you mean Hawaii?

Ultra Peanut
07-16-2007, 04:22 PM
Umm, you mean Hawaii?No I think that's some commies. The one in red.

StcChief
07-16-2007, 04:22 PM
after we were force to learn all the conversion factors in
1968-69 because it was a few years away.......

CHIEF4EVER
07-16-2007, 04:45 PM
They tried to put us on the metric system in the 70's. It bombed.

listopencil
07-16-2007, 06:53 PM
Yep. They tried to make us use it when I was in Elementary School. It sucked. I refused. So...it's my fault.

CHIEF4EVER
07-16-2007, 07:10 PM
Yep. They tried to make us use it when I was in Elementary School. It sucked. I refused. So...it's my fault.

Of course it's your fault. You are an effing DONK fan. By default it is your fault as are all the world's problems. :p:p:p:p

Taco John
07-16-2007, 07:19 PM
The reason we'll never switch to the metric system is that there's no cost advantage for doing so. Industry would have to re-tool to compensate.

What's the cost benefit of switching from miles to kms? There isn't any.

Logical
07-16-2007, 08:26 PM
The reason we'll never switch to the metric system is that there's no cost advantage for doing so. Industry would have to re-tool to compensate.

What's the cost benefit of switching from miles to kms? There isn't any.

Ding, ding, ding

Ladies and Gentlemen we have our winner.