# Foo - Metric System Sucks!

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UnsafeAlpine
09-29-09, 10:21 PM
And here's the proof. (http://www.metricsucks.org/)

discuss.

KiuBWhy
09-29-09, 10:24 PM
False.

Base 10 is easier than base 12.

Alfster
09-29-09, 10:24 PM
There's nothing wrong with the metric system. Proof is the Metric time system Canada has adopted. With the conversion, we only have to work 7.6 hours to every 8 hours worked by our American counterparts.

JoelS
09-29-09, 10:26 PM
False.

Base 10 is easier than base 12.

Uhmmm.... Imperial is not base 12. It's still base 10. But the measurements are not based on 10 of anything.

nekohime
09-29-09, 10:27 PM
Hey! Pokemon is cool!!!!!

*whips out DS to play Pokemon Platinum*

UnsafeAlpine
09-29-09, 10:28 PM
False.

Base 10 is easier than base 12.

Incorrect. Measure a third of a centimeter and find it on the ruler. Measure a fifth and find it. Measure a 6th and find it. Base 12 has more common denominators and is thus, easier.

UnsafeAlpine
09-29-09, 10:33 PM
The only people who have ever set foot on another celestial object did so using only the Imperial system. Where has the metric system gotten us?

bluevelo
09-29-09, 10:38 PM
I'm not going to touch this with a 10 meter pole.

UnsafeAlpine
09-29-09, 10:40 PM
I'm not going to touch this with a 10 meter pole.

See! See! Just sounds stupid, doesn't it?!?

AEO
09-29-09, 10:41 PM
Incorrect. Measure a third of a centimeter and find it on the ruler. Measure a fifth and find it. Measure a 6th and find it. Base 12 has more common denominators and is thus, easier.

let's see you divide by 5 and 7 :innocent:

AEO
09-29-09, 10:42 PM
how come 1 mile is 5280ft or 1760 yards?

bluevelo
09-29-09, 10:43 PM
See! See! Just sounds stupid, doesn't it?!?

Since 10m is farther than 10', it actually would be a safer distance, thus proving metric superior to imperial.

2 great things about the metric system - you can lose weight and go faster at the same time. I mean, this is a GOOD thing.

UnsafeAlpine
09-29-09, 10:43 PM
let's see you divide by 5 and 7 :innocent:

Who cares? When was the last time you needed a seventh of anything?

AEO
09-29-09, 10:54 PM
Who cares? When was the last time you needed a seventh of anything?

says you, I wanted 6/7th of the pie, but everyone else wanted 1/8.

UnsafeAlpine
09-29-09, 10:54 PM
says you, I wanted 6/7th of the pie, but everyone else wanted 1/8.

That's what you get for being all piggy about it. :P

USAZorro
09-29-09, 10:57 PM
Hey! Pokemon is cool!!!!!

*whips out DS to play Pokemon Platinum*

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z19/Sylverclaws/Cute.jpg

USAZorro
09-29-09, 10:58 PM
Incorrect. Measure a third of a centimeter and find it on the ruler. Measure a fifth and find it. Measure a 6th and find it. Base 12 has more common denominators and is thus, easier.

It's easier to find the square root of 10 in hexadecimal.

gnome
09-29-09, 11:02 PM
Metric is a much more logical system than the daft imperial one which is based on some old ruler's individual measurements. :p

AEO
09-29-09, 11:20 PM
I decree we should ditch the 3 base counting for money and go for a 5 base.

nekohime
09-29-09, 11:26 PM
[IMGhttp://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z19/Sylverclaws/Cute.jpg[/IMG]

It says right there on the website that metric brings us bad things like pokemon. But pokemon is good. Therefore metric system must also be good.:thumb:

cohophysh
09-30-09, 12:08 AM
Incorrect. Measure a third of a centimeter and find it on the ruler. Measure a fifth and find it. Measure a 6th and find it. Base 12 has more common denominators and is thus, easier.

Are you serious???? 10 mm = 1cm therefore a third of a centimeter would be 3 millimeters, a fifth=5 millimeters etc...how hard is that??? My 14 yo knows that...shees....

SingingSabre
09-30-09, 12:10 AM
Metric makes my wang sound larger.

Metric > Imperial

Sixty Fiver
09-30-09, 12:17 AM
TABLE OF USEFUL METRIC CONVERSIONS

1 trillion microphones = 1 megaphone
2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds
10 cards = 1 decacards
1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin
10 rations = 1 decoration
100 rations = 1 C-ration
10 millipedes = 1 centipede
3 1/3 tridents = 1 decadent
2 monograms = 1 diagram

Dannihilator
09-30-09, 12:17 AM
I prefer metric.

Falkon
09-30-09, 12:18 AM
Are you serious???? 10 mm = 1cm therefore a third of a centimeter would be 3 millimeters, a fifth=5 millimeters etc...how hard is that??? My 14 yo knows that...shees....

1/3 of a cm would be a little over 3 cm, and 1/5 of a cm would be 2mm, not 5mm. Math wasn't your strength, was it?

Sixty Fiver
09-30-09, 12:19 AM
Are you serious???? 10 mm = 1cm therefore a third of a centimeter would be 3 millimeters, a fifth=5 millimeters etc...how hard is that??? My 14 yo knows that...shees....

check yer math... :lol:

Ziemas
09-30-09, 12:20 AM
Incorrect. Measure a third of a centimeter and find it on the ruler. Measure a fifth and find it. Measure a 6th and find it. Base 12 has more common denominators and is thus, easier.

Three millimeters is close enough for everyday use. :rolleyes:

Nothing like 3 3/64 inches. F'king ridiculous. And when you need to add up all those silly fractions.....not to mention imperial distance measurements. How many yards in a mile? Anyone remember?

cohophysh
09-30-09, 12:21 AM
check yer math... :lol:

Sixty Fiver
09-30-09, 12:27 AM

And 1/5 of a centimeter is ?

cohophysh
09-30-09, 12:31 AM

cohophysh
09-30-09, 12:32 AM
and trust me...I know how long 2 millimeters is...oops I mean millimetres for my canadian friends

UnsafeAlpine
09-30-09, 12:34 AM
Three millimeters is close enough for everyday use. :rolleyes:

Nothing like 3 3/64 inches. F'king ridiculous. And when you need to add up all those silly fractions.....not to mention imperial distance measurements. How many yards in a mile? Anyone remember?

1 mile is 5280 ft which is divisible by so many freakin' numbers, it'll make your head hurl. How many yards? Divide 5280 by 3... 1760 yards- also divisible by a crapload of numbers. How many feet in 1/8 of mile? Divide 5280 by 8... 660 ft- divisible by a plethora of numbers. What about 1/16? 330ft. 1/5? 1056ft. 1/10? 528ft.

How about 1/16 of a kilometer? How many meters is that?

cohophysh
09-30-09, 12:38 AM
1/3 of a cm would be a little over 3 cm, and 1/5 of a cm would be 2mm, not 5mm. Math wasn't your strength, was it?

How did you know:innocent:

skijor
09-30-09, 12:43 AM

...and yeah, they're Canucks.

Ziemas
09-30-09, 01:02 AM
1 mile is 5280 ft which is divisible by so many freakin' numbers, it'll make your head hurl. How many yards? Divide 5280 by 3... 1760 yards- also divisible by a crapload of numbers. How many feet in 1/8 of mile? Divide 5280 by 8... 660 ft- divisible by a plethora of numbers. What about 1/16? 330ft. 1/5? 1056ft. 1/10? 528ft.

How about 1/16 of a kilometer? How many meters is that?

First off, why would I need to factor 1/16th of a kilometer in a system that isn't fraction based?

Second, it's a simple 1000/16= 62.5 meters.

randya
09-30-09, 01:04 AM
base 10 is for losers

the metric system is as arbitrary as any other system of weights and measures, who decided how long a meter was or how much volume in a liter in the first place? totally arbitrary

Ziemas
09-30-09, 01:16 AM
base 10 is for losers

the metric system is as arbitrary as any other system of weights and measures, who decided how long a meter was or how much volume in a liter in the first place? totally arbitrary

A liter is 1 kilo of water.

randya
09-30-09, 01:18 AM
kilo what? kilogram? and what's a gram based on?

randya
09-30-09, 01:21 AM
(A gram was) ...originally defined as "the absolute weight of a volume of pure water equal to the cube of the hundredth part of a metre, and at the temperature of melting ice"[2] (later 4 °C), a gram is now defined as one one-thousandth of the SI base unit, the kilogram, or 1×10-3 kg, which itself is defined as being equal to the mass of a physical prototype preserved by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.
circular logic + totally arbitrary

:thumb:

Ziemas
09-30-09, 01:24 AM
kilo what? kilogram? and what's a gram based on?

We've been over this before. Read it for yourself. The simple fact is that for all the worlds countries, aside from your beloved homeland the USA, the metric system is simpler and more logical. God forbid you should ever leave the USA, how would you manage?

http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/origin.html

mikewille
09-30-09, 03:44 AM
Incorrect. Measure a third of a centimeter and find it on the ruler. Measure a fifth and find it. Measure a 6th and find it. Base 12 has more common denominators and is thus, easier.
It would be just as challenging to find a 3rd, 5th, or 6th of an inch, as
most rulers and tape measures are marked in increments of 1/16th (or even 1/32nd)of an inch.
(those weird drafting scale things don't count)
I still hate the damn metric system though. Every metric welding blueprint I've had
to deal with has been full of errors, nobody knows how to convert imperial>metric
or metric>imperial, it's like alchemy or something despite easy conversion formulas built into most calculators.
It's also a pain in the ass to find a good-quality metric tape measure, and if you do find one,
everyone in the whole damn shop will want to borrow it eventually.
Now I'm off to have a dram. I mean pint. I mean liter. I mean cup. I mean BEER
(beer is good for you)

j-dowsett
09-30-09, 05:35 AM
How many inches in a foot? 12
How many feet in a yard? 3
How many yards in a mile? 1760

Millimetres in a centimetre? 10
Centimetres in a metre? 100
Metres in a kilometre? 1000

I know which numbers I'd rather use.

Taerom
09-30-09, 05:39 AM
Everything I do at school is based on SI (metric) units. I find it much easier to use. I'm trying to gradually switch to metric in my everyday life, such as reading weather forecasts in metric.

UnsafeAlpine
09-30-09, 06:44 AM
We've been over this before. Read it for yourself. The simple fact is that for all the worlds countries, aside from your beloved homeland the USA, the metric system is simpler and more logical. God forbid you should ever leave the USA, how would you manage?

http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/origin.html

Who's set foot on the Moon? What system was used to do it? That's right.... If Imperial is good enough for astronauts, it's good enough for me.

Metric is still arbitrary. The calculations they used to determine the length of the arc was wrong and they use a rod that changes length with temp. Arbitrary.

StupidlyBrave
09-30-09, 07:00 AM
If the metric system was in place in the US, Sammy Hagar would have even more difficulty with the speed limit.

Ziemas
09-30-09, 07:15 AM
Who's set foot on the Moon? What system was used to do it? That's right.... If Imperial is good enough for astronauts, it's good enough for me.

Metric is still arbitrary. The calculations they used to determine the length of the arc was wrong and they use a rod that changes length with temp. Arbitrary.

Who was the first man in space? What system was used to send him?

(CNN) -- NASA lost a \$125 million Mars orbiter because a Lockheed Martin engineering team used English units of measurement while the agency's team used the more conventional metric system for a key spacecraft operation, according to a review finding released Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/30/mars.metric.02/

NASA's decision to engineer its replacement for the space shuttle using imperial measurement units rather than metric could derail efforts to develop a globalised civilian space industry, says a leading light in the nascent commercial spaceflight sector.

"We in the private sector are doing everything possible to create a global market with as much commonality and interoperability as possible," says Mike Gold of the US firm Bigelow Aerospace, which hopes to fly commercial space stations in orbitMovie Camera. "But NASA still can't make the jump to metric."

Gold chairs a Federal Aviation Administration working group on commercial spaceflight that is trying to change strict State Department rules affecting civilian spaceflight systems. He sees NASA's decision to use imperial units as the latest blow to hit the sector.

Carol Hockert, head of the weights and measures division at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, sees his point. "There are clear advantages to using metric units in terms of global commerce and international research collaborations. And space exploration certainly falls into a category that could benefit," she told New Scientist.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17350-nasa-criticised-for-sticking-to-imperial-units.html

UnsafeAlpine
09-30-09, 07:19 AM
Who was the first man in space? What system was used to send him?

http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/30/mars.metric.02/

If the rest of the world had followed NASAs lead (the only agency from the only government to have ever had a person set foot on another world which I say is a more sizable achievement than merely putting a man into orbit) then this never would have happened, but the arrogance of those that think the metric system is somehow superior lead those scientists to force the best space program to fumble with numbers.

Ziemas
09-30-09, 07:22 AM
If the rest of the world had followed NASAs lead (the only agency from the only government to have ever had a person set foot on another world which I say is a more sizable achievement than merely putting a man into orbit) then this never would have happened, but the arrogance of those that think the metric system is somehow superior lead those scientists to force the best space program to fumble with numbers.

I think you meant the arrogance of refusing to adopt to the far superior system. Or maybe it's shear stubbornness....either way, the US loses. :(

Nota
09-30-09, 07:59 AM
The only people who have ever set foot on another celestial object did so using only the Imperial system. Where has the metric system gotten us?

The ones who have put twelve inches to a heavenly body, did it royally.

The fascinating thing about linguistics as opposed to mathematics, is, that in mathematical equations, you can freely substitute alternate values of equivalent measure, without any loss in comprehension, and still wind up at the same conclusions. But try to do that with words and phrases, ones that on their own would appear to have the same meanings, but without taking into account how they factor into the context of a particular polysyllabic expression, and you can wind up with a whole different answer, and sometimes, a much bigger problem.

After all, it’s perfectly acceptable for someone to admit to, occasionally, putting a foot in their mouth, just not “twelve inches”. I think that if we were on the metric system, we’d likely loose those interesting linguistic juxtapositions. I’m just not 10^2% sure that’d be a good thing.

“Never criticize another poster till you’ve walked 1.60934 kilometers in their shoes.” Just sayin…

botto
09-30-09, 08:02 AM
Metric System Sucks!

incorrect.