Imperial vs Metric System (Is USA the only place still using it?)

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  1. FAST6191

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    The US converts from metric for their imperial units, and has done for decades. Not sure about the others.

    What meaning do they have? I would not be surprised if more than 90% of the population has never seen a barleycorn (three of them to an inch you know), and a foot was variable between towns and cities for many centuries before people decided that was a stupid idea, some even tried to base it on various monarchs.
     
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    This really reminds me of the book "Good omens" by Pratchett & Gaiman. I can't find a direct quote on it, but it somewhere has some similar listing (about money, IIRC), followed by something in the likes of "Britons have always refused to use the metric system because it was deemed too complex." :P
     
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    Also penises.
     
  4. FAST6191

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    That may just be convention around you.

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  5. MrCokeacola

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    No we don't. We use km/h.
     
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  6. Haloman800

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    My bad, you're right. I do remember a Canadian friend mentioning they use feet/inches and pounds, though.
     
  7. MrCokeacola

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    Not really, we only use feet/inches and pounds when talking to Americans. Or to measure our benis.
     
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    Coming from an european country using anything but the metric system doesn't look and feel natural to me. Of course I'm biased (for obvious reasons) but the metric system seems the best and most accurate one, fits my style of measuring things in addition to that.
    I just don't get it how one would measure sizes in "inches" or distance in "miles" kinda awkward and lackluster.
     
  11. Zhongtiao1

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    I've found the imperial systrm makes more sense. For instance, if you're going 60 mph, you know you are going about a mile a minute. Easy math. Whereas with km, you'd be going 100km/h which about 1.3 km a minute (if my math is right). Mph is a lot simpler to figure out than km/h.

    One benefit of imperial over metric.
     
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  12. FAST6191

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    So for one particular instance that is not much of a speed limit anywhere (technically on UK motorways some vehicles, most surprising to most being the likes of work vans, are limited to it), especially not in the US if you ignore Hawaii, you have a simple metric (heh) you can use to gauge something and that makes the rest worth it?
     
  13. sarkwalvein

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    Well, with that in mind what about when you are going at 60km/h... How many miles a minute is that? /s

    PS: kind of an arbitrary number.
     
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    I know I know “not an image board” ... but relevant. Umpire?

    7FF7F873-FF01-4B9F-8CB2-AEE187AF31B1.
     
  15. CMDreamer

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    Imperial measuring are like trying to do Calculus using Roman Numerals.

    Meme that!
    NVM, just made it myself:
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    LOL!
     
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