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(Science News Magazine)   Congratulations America. The U.S. has resisted the metric system for more than 50 years   (sciencenews.org) divider line
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2020-04-06 3:45:40 PM  
I learned it in the 7th grade.  Shocked the crap out of the Germans when I moved to Munich and knew the conversions etc. (C->F = (C*1.8) +32)
 
2020-04-06 3:47:12 PM  
How many decaseconds is that?
 
2020-04-06 3:50:09 PM  
MY CAR GETS 15,000 FURLONGS TO THE HOGSHEAD, AND THAT'S THE WAY I LIKE IT!
 
2020-04-06 3:51:04 PM  
How's your little Anti-SI Club going, with you and, er, Lesotho?

Actually, Congress made Metric legal in the 19th century. There is some resistance to metrification from the merchantile classes, even the British haven't give up pints of beer and even Canadians are probably a bit more comfortable in degrees Fahrenheit than Celsius, at least the over 50s or 60s may be, but all in all, it's about time you folded your cards or farking declared Trumps the measure of all things.

Kenny Rogers, God rest him.
 
2020-04-06 3:52:35 PM  
My Imperial question is how many gills are there in a perch?

Very bad punny. Very Fark.
 
2020-04-06 3:54:02 PM  
The Joke is: gills are a measure of liquid volume, but perches are a measure of length, so there are no gills in a perch.

Fish do not exist. Especially in the metric or imperial systems of measurement.

There's no such thing as a tree, either.
 
2020-04-06 3:55:25 PM  
How many metric years is that?
 
2020-04-06 3:58:20 PM  
What an accomplishment. Also, to share that record with Liberia and Myanmar, the other two economic powerhouses of the world. Long live the Gallon, Foot and Pound!
Not surprisingly the name of my new WWE post-grudge mariachi wrestling tag team cover band.
 
2020-04-06 4:00:25 PM  

enry: How many metric years is that?


I'm lazy to do the math.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal​_​calendar
 
2020-04-06 4:00:28 PM  
That's as many as five tens!
 
2020-04-06 4:00:30 PM  

enry: How many metric years is that?


I'm too lazy to do the math.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal​_​calendar
 
2020-04-06 4:01:09 PM  

brantgoose: The Joke is: gills are a measure of liquid volume, but perches are a measure of length, so there are no gills in a perch.

Fish do not exist. Especially in the metric or imperial systems of measurement.

There's no such thing as a tree, either.


How many parsecs did it take you to learn that?
 
2020-04-06 4:02:38 PM  
So monarchy sucks but using bits of a monarch as measurement standards is okay-dokey?
 
2020-04-06 4:04:43 PM  

TheMaskedArmadillo: I learned it in the 7th grade.  Shocked the crap out of the Germans when I moved to Munich and knew the conversions etc. (C->F = (C*1.8) +32)


I learned it in elementary school. Also when I was a kid, California used to have both imperial and metric mileages on highway signs. They still should, fwiw.

I know enough to know how much a cm and a m is, and that 110km/h = ~65mph for example.
 
2020-04-06 4:04:44 PM  
That's five decades.

(NYC public school education).

Quick, how many grams in an ounce?

(see, you know the metric system too)
 
2020-04-06 4:08:05 PM  

oldfarthenry: So monarchy sucks but using bits of a monarch as measurement standards is okay-dokey?


We're the monarchy's bits remar?
 
2020-04-06 4:09:00 PM  

Notabunny: oldfarthenry: So monarchy sucks but using bits of a monarch as measurement standards is okay-dokey?

We're the monarchy's bits remar?


Remarkable. I meant to type 'Remarkable'
 
2020-04-06 4:09:56 PM  
Dammitsomuch. It sucks to blow a meh joke.
 
2020-04-06 4:10:36 PM  
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2020-04-06 4:10:42 PM  
He uhhee he he
 
2020-04-06 4:15:24 PM  
We were going to switch over in the 1980s.  We had a week of filmstrips (ha remember those?)  on the coming Metric System.

Then Dumbass got elected.
 
2020-04-06 4:17:34 PM  
The Stonecutters will be proud...
 
2020-04-06 4:19:01 PM  

holdmybones: How many decaseconds is that?


1.5778 gigaseconds.
 
2020-04-06 4:19:48 PM  
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2020-04-06 4:20:19 PM  
Maybe that's why stormtroopers are such lousy shots. Blasters were spec'd in metric, but they're all Imperial.
 
2020-04-06 4:21:15 PM  
Doug: "Like how many beers would that be, if you want like, a sixpack in metric?"
Bob: "Six, six is 12, 30 is 42 beers. 42 metric beers."
Doug: "That's good for me eh. Count me in on metric."
 
2020-04-06 4:21:49 PM  

TheMaskedArmadillo: I learned it in the 7th grade.  Shocked the crap out of the Germans when I moved to Munich and knew the conversions etc. (C->F = (C*1.8) +32)


It's not even that hard. If you're halfway good with numbers, just memorize the 10C / 18F increments, e.g. 20/30/40 =
68/86/104 and guesstimate from there.
 
2020-04-06 4:21:52 PM  
Metric system is for losers. Freedom system forever.
 
2020-04-06 4:22:26 PM  
Question for any Canadian, New Zealander, or Australian Farker on here:  Do you all use any imperial measurements?
 
2020-04-06 4:23:17 PM  
And yet, the legal definition of an inch in the US is 25.4mm exactly.
 
2020-04-06 4:23:21 PM  
Not really. It's pretty much everywhere except speed limit signs.
But it literally does not matter either way. If you can't understand unit conversions, you're an idiot.
 
2020-04-06 4:23:42 PM  
And we'll resist it another 50 too.
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
 
2020-04-06 4:24:07 PM  
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2020-04-06 4:25:42 PM  
What's the metric equivalent of Rhode Islands, Belgiums?
 
2020-04-06 4:26:06 PM  
It cost me ten guineas to learn the metric system!
 
2020-04-06 4:26:38 PM  
Well, we tried again in the 90's, Contractors have a real problem converting feet and tenths to use feet and inches and NONE of them would buy a proper tape measure.  You think they're gonna be good with Meters and shiat?
 
2020-04-06 4:26:41 PM  
Have we really, though? I know it's not official, but we haven't really rejected it. We run 10k races and refer to meters in video games. We buy weed by the gram, soda by the liter, etc. It's not like we completely don't use metric.
 
2020-04-06 4:26:52 PM  

Begoggle: Not really. It's pretty much everywhere except speed limit signs.
But it literally does not matter either way. If you can't understand unit conversions, you're an idiot.


Don't forget these: Gas is sold by the gallon, Milk is usually sold by the gallon, quart, or pint.  A person's height is usually measured in feet and inches.  A person's weight is usually measured in pounds.
 
2020-04-06 4:26:59 PM  
Metric is a more simple system for more simple people.
 
2020-04-06 4:27:21 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: And yet, the legal definition of an inch in the US is 25.4mm exactly.


No no no, 2.54 Centimeters, GAWD!!
 
2020-04-06 4:28:12 PM  
I like the story of how we almost used metric at the start of the nation.

https://www.nist.gov/blogs/taking-mea​s​ure/pirates-caribbean-metric-edition

France had supported the United States against the British in the War of Independence, and now they intended to build closer economic ties with the new American nation. Dombey was to negotiate with Jefferson for grain exports to France and to deliver two new French measurement standards: a standard of length (the meter) and a standard of mass called, rather ominously, a grave, to be considered by the U.S. for adoption. (The grave would be renamed the kilogram a year later in 1795.)
 
2020-04-06 4:28:20 PM  
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2020-04-06 4:29:07 PM  
I don't see the big deal. Science and medicine in the US uses metric. It's just everyday life that uses the imperial system, and why spend all the money to convert, for little gain?

Besides that the imperial system has its benefits -- a 12-based system (inches in a foot) means you can evenly divide everything by 6, 4, 3, 2. Try taking an exact third of something in metric. Same with temperature. The 0-100 range reflects most temperatures people will encounter in their everyday life, compared to the -17 to +37 degree range in celsius.
 
2020-04-06 4:29:11 PM  

TheMaskedArmadillo: I learned it in the 7th grade.  Shocked the crap out of the Germans when I moved to Munich and knew the conversions etc. (C->F = (C*1.8) +32)


I did too and then promptly forgot because I never used it.

Now I just try to remember certain temps like -40C = -40F, 0C = 32F, 37C = 98.6F, 20C is a nice temperature.

Just take a wild guess at everything in between.

It helps that a lot of the international news I watch insists on telling me the weather all over the world in Celsius.
 
2020-04-06 4:29:28 PM  

whidbey: We were going to switch over in the 1980s.  We had a week of filmstrips (ha remember those?)  on the coming Metric System.

Then Dumbass got elected.


The US government and business are run by and panders to extremely stubborn old men.

Mandatory retirement is needed.
 
2020-04-06 4:30:51 PM  
I love the metric system. I much prefer using metric if I am building something without plans. I have a full set of metric tape measures, rulers, yard stick.

What I hate is measuring instruments with both metric and imperial on them. Something is always measured twice and still cut wrong with those things.

/and yes, I know what I wrote
 
2020-04-06 4:31:13 PM  

HighOnCraic: brantgoose: The Joke is: gills are a measure of liquid volume, but perches are a measure of length, so there are no gills in a perch.

Fish do not exist. Especially in the metric or imperial systems of measurement.

There's no such thing as a tree, either.

How many parsecs did it take you to learn that?


Less than 12!
 
2020-04-06 4:31:16 PM  
We didn't whup an imperial fark-ton of British ass to be using their panty waist metric "system". All those 1s and 0s used in conversion. I am a proud non-binary 'Murican.
 
2020-04-06 4:31:58 PM  

Chuck87: Question for any Canadian, New Zealander, or Australian Farker on here:  Do you all use any imperial measurements?


The only thing I use imperial for is measuring height of people.
 
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