Do you think america should switch to the metric system?

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#1  Edited By lolicanseeyou
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#2  Edited By fwylo

Yes. For no reason other than it's the system in my country.  

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#3  Edited By Tirrandir

Yes. I mean, sure it'd be a rough transition period for a while but if you phased in a dual-labelling system over ten years or so, everyone would adjust. And then our measurements wouldn't be based on MADNESS.

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#4  Edited By Venatio

Yes

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#5  Edited By lukeissxc

No it would only cause confusion for our country. Things are fine the way they are now and if we need to we can use conversion charts.

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#6  Edited By Animasta

we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system.

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#7  Edited By CandleJakk

C - I'm not in the USA, and it's not exactly difficult to be able to understand both.

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In a way yes, but in another way @lukeissxc:  is right, it would probably cause more problems than it is worth at this point. It's too hardwired into so much of our society. All the people out of school would need to learn an entire system, and even the people in school, would need to re-learn everything. It would mess up the current curriculum too. =| It would be a difficult process.

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#9  Edited By Elazul

Hell no! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it!

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#10  Edited By KaosAngel

How the hell are we gonna play football?

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#11  Edited By fini_fly
@Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  

Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.
Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212.
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#12  Edited By Claude

Hell no. Leave our shit alone.

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#13  Edited By gosukiller
@Laketown: 
@fini_fly said:
" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "
The rest of the world DID switch to Fahrenheit, but then you yanks had to go and switch over to Indigo Prophecy. 
MAKE UP YOUR MIND AMERICA.
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#14  Edited By Onigenko

Well, I'm used to the metric system, living here on the Old Continent. That said, it doesn't really matter, both systems work perfectly fine.

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#15  Edited By AlwaysAngry
@Claude said:
" Hell no. Leave our shit alone. "
THIS! Even though I accidentally hit yes.
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#16  Edited By White_Silhouette

I'm in a country that already uses metric. I think they should change and since America likes to be different I don't see it changing anytime soon. 
Green - Countries using metric
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#17  Edited By HitmanAgent47
@fini_fly said:
" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "

Wow I didn't know water freezes at 32, great system...well not really.
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#18  Edited By Virago

It would make life a lot easier when we leave the country. And apparently it makes perfect sense. I think we should at least have both....i don't know, i know nothing.

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#19  Edited By fini_fly
@HitmanAgent47 said:
" @fini_fly said:
" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "
Wow I didn't know water freezes at 32, great system...well not really. "
I had to look it up because I didn't know. I'm Canadian, so long live the metric system.
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#20  Edited By HitmanAgent47
@fini_fly: I was just commenting on how stupid that is, water should freeze right at zero. I am also canadian. :)
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@HitmanAgent47: Water should freeze at 273 imo.
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#22  Edited By MrKlorox

Ah crap I clicked no on accident. Of course we should switch over. The imperial system is so unintuitive and convoluted. It's difficult to calculate measurements.  

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#23  Edited By skrutop

Yeah, but we're not going to.

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Definitely. The imperial system is extremely dated. 
 
Sombody already touched on this once, but I'll go further: 
1cm cubed of water = 1mililitre and weighs 1 gram. how could it be any simpler?

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The metric system is a cleaner system. Base 10 is more intuitive, BUT (like everybody has said) it's going to create confusion. This is primarily because people have developed a natural "feel" for the native measurement. Somebody from the US can make a good gut estimate of 5 feet, while somebody from, say New Zealand, has a good feel for how far 5 meters is. It's like reteaching instinct, or something like that.
 
Ultimately, yes, I do think it would be better in the long run if we could all just agree on a standard. In order for a change of this magnitude to happen, it probably needs to be passed as law, and US citizens will experience a period of confusion for God-knows-how-long. Plus, I imagine that there's going to be resistance at multiple points in the process (passing of law, or just outright grassroots refusal to convert).
 
My main point being: I think it's going to be very messy, even though I really think it is a good idea.

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#26  Edited By agentboolen

Next your going to tell us to start liking Soccer (European Football)!!!!!  We aren't European we are American's we do things differently!!!!     ;)

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#27  Edited By MrKlorox
@HitmanAgent47 said:

" @fini_fly said:

" @HitmanAgent47 said:

" @fini_fly said:

" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "
Wow I didn't know water freezes at 32, great system...well not really. "
I had to look it up because I didn't know. I'm Canadian, so long live the metric system. "
@fini_fly: I was just commenting on how stupid that is, water should freeze right at zero. I am also canadian. :)  "
Believe it or not, it actually does. 
 
0 to 100 in both Celsius and Fahrenheit represent freezing to boiling. It's just that Celsius is for fresh water and Fahrenheit is for salt water. So 0 degrees is the still freezing temp in Fahreheit for saltwater and 100 degrees is boiling. You'd be surprised how few people knew this.
 
But you're right... who the fuck drinks or cooks with saltwater?
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#28  Edited By Animasta
@fini_fly said:
" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "
I was talking about WEATHER temperature christ; Celcius goes from like 40 to 0 for the range, and farhenheit goes from 0 to 100
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#29  Edited By Cube

Yes, get the fuck with the times.

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#30  Edited By Kung_Fu_Viking

I lurve me some saltwater! 
 
The Imperial system makes no sense to me whatsoever. Especially when it comes to weights. All these pounds and stones =/ Stones can vary wildly in weight, I don't see how anyone thought this was a coherent milestone against which to measure! 
 
@Laketown: You've just invented some arbitrary scale of temperature there.

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#31  Edited By Cube
@agentboolen said:
" Next your going to tell us to start liking Soccer (European Football)!!!!!  We aren't European we are American's we do things differently!!!!     ;) "
Haha, you think only Europe uses the metric system. 
 
Good joke.
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#32  Edited By ninjakiller

Yes, king's system is just retarded.

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#33  Edited By fini_fly
@MrKlorox: Yes I was referring to fresh water 
 
.@Laketown said:
" @fini_fly said:
" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "
I was talking about WEATHER temperature christ; Celcius goes from like 40 to 0 for the range, and farhenheit goes from 0 to 100 "
I can assure you that WEATHER temperature in both scales drop below 0. I've been in -40 degree C weather before (which coincidentally is close to where the two scales meet). So you choosing 0 to 40 for Celcius and 0 to 100 for Farhenheit is pretty arbitrary.
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#34  Edited By Cube
@Laketown: lol wtf are you talking about? Our temps don't go 0 to 40, rofl!
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#35  Edited By armaan8014
@fwylo said:
" Yes. For no reason other than it's the system in my country.   "
same
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#36  Edited By Icil
@fini_fly said:
" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "
Celcius has 100 degrees to describe the temperatures that water is liquid. Fahrenheit gets 180. Almost double the precision.
I vote for da F.
 
We have to go metric on everything else, though. The more we stay on our system, the more it will cost to change it. It's a ticking time bomb.
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#37  Edited By fini_fly
@Icil said:
" @fini_fly said:
" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "
Celcius has 100 degrees to describe the temperatures that water is liquid. Fahrenheit gets 180. Almost double the precision. I vote for da F.  We have to go metric on everything else, though. The more we stay on our system, the more it will cost to change it. It's a ticking time bomb. "
Apparently you've never heard of decimals before. You can have the same precision with either scale by using decimals.
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#38  Edited By Icil
@Cube said:
" @Laketown: lol wtf are you talking about? Our temps don't go 0 to 40, rofl! "
That's not what he said. He means that normal weather temps are around 0-40 for C and 0-100 for F.
Lord, people are always trying to cast Drain Int on forums.
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#39  Edited By Icil
@fini_fly said:
" @Icil said:
" @fini_fly said:
" @Laketown said:
" we should, but I think everyone should switch to fahrenheit to check outdoor temperature; it's just a better system. "
You're joking right?  Celcius - Water freezes at 0, boils at 100.Fahrendheit - Water freezes at 32, boils at 212. "
Celcius has 100 degrees to describe the temperatures that water is liquid. Fahrenheit gets 180. Almost double the precision. I vote for da F.  We have to go metric on everything else, though. The more we stay on our system, the more it will cost to change it. It's a ticking time bomb. "
Apparently you've never heard of decimals before. You can have the same precision with either scale by using decimals. "
My bad, I forgot that every citizen was super-smart.
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#40  Edited By Cube
@Icil said:
" @Cube said:
" @Laketown: lol wtf are you talking about? Our temps don't go 0 to 40, rofl! "
That's not what he said. He means that normal weather temps are around 0-40 for C and 0-100 for F. Lord, people are always trying to cast Drain Int on forums. "
No those are NOT normal temperatures. Cities around the world normally dip way below 0 C.  My city gets -30 C Weather normally in winter. Its unfair because the poster is including freezing temp in his argument for F but not with C.
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#41  Edited By lolicanseeyou
@Virago said:
" It would make life a lot easier when we leave the country. And apparently it makes perfect sense. I think we should at least have both....i don't know, i know nothing. "
no, you know quite a bit, anyways both would work pretty good
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@Icil said:

" @Cube said:

" @Laketown: lol wtf are you talking about? Our temps don't go 0 to 40, rofl! "
That's not what he said. He means that normal weather temps are around 0-40 for C and 0-100 for F. Lord, people are always trying to cast Drain Int on forums. "  
Given the lack of precision in weather forecasting the extra precision in the scale would be pointless. 
 
@MrKlorox said:

"Believe it or not, it actually does. 
 
0 to 100 in both Celsius and Fahrenheit represent freezing to boiling. It's just that Celsius is for fresh water and Fahrenheit is for salt water. So 0 degrees is the still freezing temp in Fahreheit for saltwater and 100 degrees is boiling. You'd be surprised how few people knew this.  But you're right... who the fuck drinks or cooks with saltwater? "

Salt Water doesn't boil at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That's 38 degrees C, and if you boil salt water the salt is left in whatever you were boiling it in and only the water evaporates.
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#43  Edited By Icil
@Cube: Ah, okay. I'm American, so I typed 0-40 Celcius without knowing shit about those numbers viscerally =D
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#44  Edited By Dany

We should.

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#45  Edited By Cube

Celsius makes more sense if you start at 0 as a middle point. -30 is very cold, +30 is very hot.  
 
Fahrenheit makes less sense because even Fahrenheit goes into negative temps. So if 32 is Freezing, what is -10? If you use freezing as a middle point it just makes sense. 
 
But I'm sure America is just having the grandest party with Burma and Liberia, the only other countries who haven't adapted to the times.

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#46  Edited By Clembo

The UK copes fine with both.

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#47  Edited By ArchScabby

Yes I think we should.  I always feel stupid when someone says a measurement in the metric system and I have to think forever to relate it to inches or whatever.

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#48  Edited By KarlPilkington
@Clembo said:
"The UK copes fine with both. "
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#49  Edited By agentboolen
@Cube said:
" @agentboolen said:
" Next your going to tell us to start liking Soccer (European Football)!!!!!  We aren't European we are American's we do things differently!!!!     ;) "
Haha, you think only Europe uses the metric system.  Good joke. "
No I know most countries use the metric system.  And yea it would be better in the long run but for me right now it would confuse the shit out of me.
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#50  Edited By Azteck

Yes, because then I wouldn't have to use a converter as soon as I talk with people from the states.