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    Adios, Mofo J-McKech's Avatar
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    If it wasn't for cycling, would you know the metric system?

    I know I wouldn't and I sometimes find myself talking all in metric and my friends just look at me funny.
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    Most definitely.....they've been teaching it in school since I was in 5th grade and as an engineer it was pounded into every nook and cranny of my being in just about every undergrad class I took.
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    Yes, but it requires less thought now that ive been putting together my own bikes for a couple of years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeridinLoon
    I know I wouldn't and I sometimes find myself talking all in metric and my friends just look at me funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeridinLoon
    I know I wouldn't and I sometimes find myself talking all in metric and my friends just look at me funny.
    Of course I would. I might be a retro grouch but I'm not reactionary. Actually, except for land measurement and a few other hold overs, the United States has already converted to the metric system. Bought a bottle of booze lately? What size engine does your car have? I think that it's funny that the people who like to refer to themselves as our elected "leaders" seem to be among the last ones to figure that out.

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    Metric in Oz, except for newborn babies' weight...

    I like the furlong-fortnight-stone system: How many stones is your bicycle? And how fast are you in furlongs-per-fortnight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
    Don't even get me started on Metric time.
    Hey! "Metric" time is a great idea!
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    Um...didn't we cover this starting in 2nd grade?

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    What about the monetary system in the US? Haven't we been using metrics all along?

    I'm not sure what country the original poster, FreeridinLoon, is in, though.

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    I'm in Texas, it's a country all by itself I honestly can not tell ya'll if we learned the metric system, I think we went over it but not in depth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeridinLoon
    I'm in Texas, it's a country all by itself I honestly can not tell ya'll if we learned the metric system, I think we went over it but not in depth.



    I learned it early in life due to a career in electronics. It's soooo much easier than this archaic system we've been shackled with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
    Don't even get me started on Metric time.CE
    Actually, for decades lots of work measurement has been recorded in 1/10 hour increments. It's easier to add if you do it by hand and it requires fewer digits if you use a computer.

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    I would. My dads French so i picked it up from him
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    I agree, I used metric time for about 18 years at work in Austrailia. It's a must for calculating wages etc by computer. I don't think I could do it any other way.
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    Uh, we live in Canada where we embrace the metric system.

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    Of course ... I've been learning it since I was about 10 years old ... I'd better know it by now!!

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    There are still people that don't use metric? Phillistines.
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    one thing that drives me nuts is that in the shop at school, we never use metric. Never metric threads, metric measures, no metric anything. Yuck
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeridinLoon
    I know I wouldn't and I sometimes find myself talking all in metric and my friends just look at me funny.
    I use it every day and have for at least 25 years. Oddly enough, however, I don't use it that much at home, just at work. I don't think about doing conversions at work, I just use it. That's generally why I don't use it at home. It's too hard to do the conversions. For example, I know that water at our altitude boils at 95 C but I can't tell you what it boils at in degrees F since I don't usually convert from Fahrenheit to celsius.

    In the first day of Chemistry school, the prof. had us do a little exercise to convince us that the metric system is far superior to the Imperial system. Try it at home for your own enjoyment and then use it on your friends. Measure you thumbnail in both fractions of an inch and in millimeters. Now without a calculator or computer, working in the English system, try converting from inches to feet to yards to miles. Now convert the metric measurement to centimeters (1/100) of a meter, meters and then kilometers. One set of calculations will take you about 30 sec to perform, the other will take much longer. Which would you rather do?

    Another test of the metric system is to take a measurement of 7 15/32" and a measurement of 18.97 cm. Divide the measurement into 3 equal parts but remember that the fractional english measurement must be expressed as a fraction. Again which would you rather do?

    As noted before, we have a metric monetary system. I have never understood why we, as a nation, are so resistant to a metric measurement system.
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    Taking a science or engineering school program, HS preparing for college and then college, will make one go over to the Dark Side of the metric system too.

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    nah...

    I am only a chemist and a physist... we do everything is american units (just kidding)

    I use the metric system day in and out... US units just confuse me most of the time.
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    Here in the UK we offcially converted to metric in 1970. We just haven't got around to doing anything about it yet. Beer's still in pints, distance is still in miles and the dodgy bloke at the pub sells baggies that weigh 1/8th. I grew up over on the continent and am much happier with metric. Easier to remember what the next size up is after 10mm than after 9/16th.

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    Canadian here. Metric since I was born.

    Though I'll admit that if I tell people I'm 193cm, they give me a funny look until I convert to 6'4". There are some measures, like height or weight (of a person, at least), that for some reason seem easier to picture.

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