• Imperial and Metric systems.
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[QUOTE=Firefox42;32456103]Uh, you do realize that would make you 7 feet right?[/QUOTE] I wanted to write 2 inches, slipped and didn't saw the error. Sorry. Nonetheless, I think you understand what I tried to say.
[QUOTE=sltungle;32455760]As far as I'm concerned the Kelvin scale IS just Celsius. I don't distinguish between them in my mind because they're literally exactly the same, just one is shifted down by 273. The increments are the same, so I think of them as the same thing.[/QUOTE] Well some physical calculations require you to use the absolute temperature. Celsius is easier in everyday life.
I'm used to the imperial because its mostly used in america but the metric system just seems easier to use.
[QUOTE=AK'z;32455336]How about, yes it is. People saying their weight in Stones is socially excepted, also babies being weighed in pounds is accepted. Why should everything be Metric because it is "perfect". Quarter Pounder With Cheese. Royale With Cheese.[/QUOTE] It's socially acceptable to wherever you may live, but so would be saying things in meterics would be socially acceptable among people that are used to the metric system.
[QUOTE=STeel;32456472]It's socially acceptable to wherever you may live, but so would be saying things in meterics would be socially acceptable among people that are used to the metric system.[/QUOTE] Yeah, depends entirely on where you live.
[QUOTE=SoaringScout;32455427]Is this going to turn into an "all Americans are retarded" thread?[/QUOTE] Already is.
[QUOTE=PvtCupcakes;32456149] Metric is used by the federal government. IIRC, any law they pass has to use metric measurments. I.e. it's illegal to possess 3kg of bananas. (not actually a law)[/QUOTE] Even better. Metric is slowly being adopted, it's just that people don't change overnight. We can't simply start changing all of our signs from Miles to Kilometers and all our scales from Pounds to Kilograms, so many people just wouldn't get it.
[QUOTE=AK'z;32455692]Now that's even more retarded in a conversation.[/QUOTE] The metric system sounds way cooler, and I'm used to the other system. Much more intelligent sounding.
[QUOTE=AK'z;32456142]Nobody cares, this is a forum. In real life, I doubt the people who speak English in Bulgaria speak the same as the English do in England.[/QUOTE] No, but metric is metric wherever you go. [editline]24th September 2011[/editline] Unlike imperial, which is so batshit I wouldn't be surprised if it changes depending on the day of the week, and position of the sun.
[QUOTE=Hellduck;32457546]No, but metric is metric wherever you go. [editline]24th September 2011[/editline] Unlike imperial, which is so batshit I wouldn't be surprised if it changes depending on the day of the week, and position of the sun.[/QUOTE] [quote][img]http://image.yaymicro.com/rz_1210x1210/0/a03/imperial-stainless-steel-ruler-a03f75.jpg[/img][/quote] This is what I have to learn and memorize [editline]24th September 2011[/editline] I have ADD, and I'm bad at math the Imperial system is like telling me to "Fuck off" of course, I use this [url]http://handycalc.wordpress.com/[/url] to help!
I think theo nly use Imperial has is the fact that it's easier to guess.
I am an American, and I fucking hate the Imperial system
Metric is better but I still have trouble thinking of everyday things in terms of kilometers. I can think in meters fine and sometimes centimeters, but I still prefer miles.
If the cost wasn't completely ridiculous for what we would actually get out of it, I would like it if the US switched to metric because converting between units is god awful with the imperial system.
[QUOTE=Rellow;32458335]If the cost wasn't completely ridiculous for what we would actually get out of it, I would like it if the US switched to metric because converting between units is god awful with the imperial system.[/QUOTE] I still don't get why people make this claim though. It's really not hard. I convert between things like years and seconds all the time. It's not hard.
I say we get rid of the Imperial system. We'll get used to Metric units everywhere. [sp]Who wants to measure like Darth Vader anyway :v[/sp]
[QUOTE=PvtCupcakes;32456149]If there was a base 16 measurement system, I would be all over that.[/QUOTE] Oh hell yes motherfucker. The only problem would be the fact that it'd be impossible to say, you'd be going "9D" and some asshole would be asking "90?" [editline]24th September 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=JohnnyMo1;32458334]Metric is better but I still have trouble thinking of everyday things in terms of kilometers. I can think in meters fine and sometimes centimeters, but I still prefer miles.[/QUOTE] Ditto. I mean, for land distances anyway, meters and bigger are still nicer for me to visualize for heights.
[QUOTE=JohnnyMo1;32458370]I still don't get why people make this claim though. It's really not hard. I convert between things like years and seconds all the time. It's not hard.[/QUOTE]Only when you know the conversions between the units, if someone tells me a weight in ounces I won't have a clue how much it is and would have to go look up the conversion.
[QUOTE=JohnnyMo1;32458370]I still don't get why people make this claim though. It's really not hard. I convert between things like years and seconds all the time. It's not hard.[/QUOTE]It's just a lot easier for me to move a decimal point than remember specific numbers. Honestly, I can't remember the conversion between yards and miles without looking it up.
[QUOTE=Within;32454625]There's this [I]inexplicable[/I] measurement unit called "furlong per fortnight". It's a barely noticeable measurement of speed, 1 furlong per fortnight = 0.000166309524 m/s. Anyway. How do you Americans "deal with" science? This question, of course, is primarily aimed at people actually having experience with any mid-high level physics, mathematics and/or chemistry so that they have actually spent a significant time with their calculator. Surely you need to paraphrase any imperial unit to metric, or how does that work?[/QUOTE] Science has been in metric for as long as I can remember. I'd support making the US go metric, though I'd say we keep the roads in miles so we don't have to change out all the road signs and speedometers, as well as to avoid confusion from people.
[QUOTE=Rellow;32458446]It's just a lot easier for me to move a decimal point than remember specific numbers. Honestly, I can't remember the conversion between yards and miles without looking it up.[/QUOTE] So don't? 3 feet to a yard and 5280 feet to a mile.
It would be really hard for the US to convert to the metric system because everything has been measured and designed using the imperial system. I have been using the imperial system all my life so I have a good feeling on how to visualize it, but I would like to learn how to visualize the metric system. I would be nice if both system were taught in American schools.
[QUOTE=AK'z;32455692]Now that's even more retarded in a conversation.[/QUOTE]Or colloquially "1 and 90".
Nobody uses imperial for anything scientific.
Inches are useful for some things like neck lengths in guitar, screen width etc. Metric is much more accurate though in pretty much all cases. Even the US military uses kilometers (clicks) so I don't see why they can't adapt to the rest of the world and change it completely.
if the EU will pay for the conversion then i think the US would absolutely change only problem is you have to change every single map, road sign, car spedometer, labeling, packaging, etc and that costs a fuckton of money also imperial units are wicked easy if you know how to use them, 10 inches is 5/6 of a foot, but you wouldn't ever need to know how many feet ten inches are so that's a ridiculous argument
[QUOTE=deggie;32458758] ...I don't see why they can't adapt to the rest of the world and change it completely.[/QUOTE]Money.
A lot of the older generation of British citizens prefer the Imperial system, as that's what they where taught at school. I too believe the Imperial system to be dated and Illogical, Metric makes a lot more sense. I don't see why America doesn't switch over, I'd have thought they'd have done so straight away, given how much independence means to American citizens, having the imperial system which dates back to the British Empire is somewhat ironic.
[QUOTE=Maucer;32454260]Why do you even ask this. Metric system [I]actually makes sense[/I] and is used in science. Stupid americans trolling the whole world with their weird units. [img]http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff100/imagercc1/archive/page6/themetricsystem_700.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] That is wrong, in panama, people use the imperial system, even though government stablishes the metric system as the legal one.
[QUOTE=Flyboi;32458888]A lot of the older generation of British citizens prefer the Imperial system, as that's what they where taught at school. I too believe the Imperial system to be dated and Illogical, Metric makes a lot more sense. I don't see why America doesn't switch over, I'd have thought they'd have done so straight away, given how much independence means to American citizens, having the imperial system which dates back to the British Empire is somewhat ironic.[/QUOTE] Do you really think that we care whether or not our system of measurements comes from the British Empire?
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