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2013-05-21 08:28:01 AM
Screw metric, how many clemdiddles to the hogshead?
 
2013-05-21 08:36:03 AM
I'm old enough to remember when we were going to switch over to metric and it seemed to make so much more sense. And then the whole thing just fizzled out. I used it in Italy later and I still estimate spaces in meters.
 
2013-05-21 08:38:39 AM
Shouldn't they have 10?
 
2013-05-21 08:48:16 AM
USA #1!
 
2013-05-21 08:52:42 AM
But those two jobs are totally worth millions in tax dollars.
 
2013-05-21 08:56:08 AM
They are making progress. Tens of millions of joggers and runners can instantly do the kilometers per hour to miles per hour conversions in their heads because they have run 10-K's.

100kph= ?  mph


/ 10-K U very much
 
2013-05-21 08:59:30 AM

notmtwain: 100kph= ? mph


About 60.
 
2013-05-21 09:32:33 AM
Our money is metric (a nickel is 5.000 grams), our highway system is metric, our cars are metric, but Americans still don't get it. In Arizona, road signs that had metric and Stupid measurements on them were cut down.

James Randi's explanation, "Metric is a conspiracy of French Atheists."
 
2013-05-21 09:48:53 AM
Sometimes their wives come over and they go to lunch.
 
2013-05-21 10:06:04 AM

beantowndog: Shouldn't they have 10?


They do, in base 2.
 
2013-05-21 10:43:22 AM
In any case, someone not wanting to convert to a better standard is like someone who would rather stay on a poorly maintained unimproved road than make the effort to cross difficult terrain to get to a smooth, well maintained road.
 
2013-05-21 10:53:35 AM
I'm old enough to remember Pepsi in half-gallon glass bottles.
 
2013-05-21 10:58:59 AM
FTA:   For years, Ken Butcher was the sole employee working for the Metric Program (there are now two employees).

Is Obama to blame for DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF FEDERAL ENTITLEMENT-SUCKING EMPLOYEES in the NIST Metric Program???  I'm just asking questions.  Study it out.
 
2013-05-21 12:01:54 PM
The metric system is quite popular in many inner cities.
 
2013-05-21 12:58:03 PM

Ivo Shandor: The metric system is quite popular in many inner cities.


Onion satire was really ham-fisted back then.
 
2013-05-21 01:00:42 PM
How much could we have saved if we'd switched decades ago and NOT slammed a multibillion dollar piece of equipment into the surface of Mars because of an imperial vs metric mix up?
 
2013-05-21 04:30:49 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: notmtwain: 100kph= ? mph

About 60.


Google says 62.1371 - but I'm still measuring with a yardstick, so I'll get back to ya.
 
2013-05-21 04:46:18 PM

meat0918: How much could we have saved if we'd switched decades ago and NOT slammed a multibillion dollar piece of equipment into the surface of Mars because of an imperial vs metric mix up?


You actually believed that excuse?
 
2013-05-21 05:34:32 PM

Lando Lincoln: meat0918: How much could we have saved if we'd switched decades ago and NOT slammed a multibillion dollar piece of equipment into the surface of Mars because of an imperial vs metric mix up?

You actually believed that excuse?


Well, it makes more sense then Martians shot it down.
 
2013-05-21 05:55:33 PM
At 35 cents a litre, isn't that a better deal than $1.40 for a gallon?
 
2013-05-21 05:57:19 PM

Lando Lincoln: meat0918: How much could we have saved if we'd switched decades ago and NOT slammed a multibillion dollar piece of equipment into the surface of Mars because of an imperial vs metric mix up?

You actually believed that excuse?


Actually it likely broke up due to atmospheric stresses, but the Mars Climate Orbiter did fail due to an imperial vs metric mix up.  The flight based software on the orbiter was written to take thrust instructions in Newtons, while the ground based software  output the instructions to the orbiter in pound-feet (the contract between Lockheed and NASA had specified Newtons; I'm not sure which provided the ground software, but I think it was NASA)
  To make things worse, at least two navigators had noticed discrepancies in the position and trajectory earlier but their concerns were dismissed; otherwise there might have been time to make a correction that would compensate for the error.  It was supposed to enter orbit at an altitude of 226 km and instead entered at less than 100 km, and possibly within 55 or less, breaking up as it passed behind Mars.

I'd still like to see the US change at some point.  We wouldn't have to change things like baseball and football fields, but just change federal highway funding so that over the next 20 years, any highway sign being replaced has to include both metric and imperial, and then after 20 years, they will go all metric. That way its a gradual transition over a period of time where the signage would be replaced anyway, so there shouldn't be much extra cost.
   The more complicated question would be whether or not Exit numbers should change at some point, since (nearly) all exit numbers on US and Interstate highways are currently determined by # of miles from the state border.
 
2013-05-21 11:39:35 PM
Ken Butcher is one bashful bureaucrat.  Can't GIS a pic of him.
 
2013-05-21 11:44:56 PM
Hm.  Apparently, in 1999 the Metric Program had four employees (counting the secretary) and Ken Butcher was not one of them.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1999/01/waits-and-measures
 
2013-05-22 01:55:49 AM
Do you want to buy gas in gallons or liters?   The weekend price gouge is going to be the same number of cents so one costs about 4 times what the other one does.
 
2013-05-22 05:51:16 AM

Lando Lincoln: meat0918: How much could we have saved if we'd switched decades ago and NOT slammed a multibillion dollar piece of equipment into the surface of Mars because of an imperial vs metric mix up?

You actually believed that excuse?



I don't have any Idea of what happened, but I would be very surprised if NASA still used any imperial unit.
Because errors are more likely to happen inside the imperial system itself as in the metric, and the imperial just doesn't have units for any really sciency stuff because science don't use it anymore since... Newton?
no, that was sarcasm, but long ago.
 
2013-05-22 07:07:39 AM

meat0918: How much could we have saved if we'd switched decades ago and NOT slammed a multibillion dollar piece of equipment into the surface of Mars because of an imperial vs metric mix up?


$193 million, for the piece of equipment, $327 million for the whole program including the launch, FYI. That mission was part of the late 90's "faster-better-cheaper," mantra which had.... mixed... results.
 
2013-05-22 08:21:45 AM
In the U.S., most people are introduced to the metric system through drugs sales. Other than that, the average person on the street really doesn't require the knowledge of how many hectometers are in a kilometer.
 
2013-05-22 10:34:09 AM

dukeblue219: That mission was part of the late 90's "faster-better-cheaper," mantra which had.... mixed... results.


Also known as the "pick any two" program.
 
2013-05-22 12:06:24 PM

MorteDiem: At 35 cents a litre, isn't that a better deal than $1.40 for a gallon?


Plus I'd love to go 120 km/hr down the interstate.  So much time saved.

/although 100 second minutes will not help hourly workers
 
2013-05-22 12:13:33 PM

AliceBToklasLives: MorteDiem: At 35 cents a litre, isn't that a better deal than $1.40 for a gallon?

Plus I'd love to go 120 km/hr down the interstate.  So much time saved.

/although 100 second minutes will not help hourly workers


Yes, no surprise here for why Internet Time never took off.
 
2013-05-22 02:02:01 PM
Two too many if you ask me.
This is America, we don't need your stoopid metric stuff!
/// Fark liters!
 
2013-05-22 03:37:15 PM
Don't fark with the StoneCutters.
 
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