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Old 12-05-2014, 09:42 PM   #61
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So am I getting a 5.1816B instead of a 17B?
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:54 PM   #62
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So am I getting a 5.1816B instead of a 17B?
Or maybe a 518.2B in centimeters
Or a 5182B in millimeters

Isn't metric easy?
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:07 PM   #63
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Or maybe a 518.2B in centimeters
Or a 5182B in millimeters

Isn't metric easy?
I can't handle it, eh. Is it zee or is it zed?
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:31 PM   #64
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I am still miffed that the US has not adopted the metric system, even after my 5th grade teacher, Miss Kessler, promised me that it would be happening very soon. That was in 1960.

I am a cyclist, so I changed all my bicycle computers to show speed and distance in kilometers rather than miles. I am much faster now -- I average "25" instead of "15". and I go much farther now too. When I rode across the country, my blog reported all my distances in kilometers, which drove dear wife crazy until she finally figured them out.

I would be very happy to have a 6.5 meter trailer rather than a 21...
And yet, for every US child of the 60s who's 'miffed' that we haven't gone metric, there's 4 or 5 like me who thank the Lord. LOVE good ole fashioned cups, pints, quarts, gallons, feet, yards, inches, miles, etc, and I'd probably shoot myself if I had to force this old brain to start converting now.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:39 PM   #65
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Well, I'll throw this in the mix - my old MG needed Whitworth wrenches. Whole different system!

British Standard Whitworth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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And yet, for every US child of the 60s who's 'miffed' that we haven't gone metric, there's 4 or 5 like me who thank the Lord. LOVE good ole fashioned cups, pints, quarts, gallons, feet, yards, inches, miles, etc, and I'd probably shoot myself if I had to force this old brain to start converting now.
It really is simple to learn, if you gave it a chance, as measures are so directly proportional.

Just one unit of measure for length, not fractions, inches, feet, yards, miles, etc. Just metres.

Just one unit of measure for volume, no ounces, cups, pints, gallons, etc. Just litres.

One unit of measure for weight, no ounces (again), pounds, tons, etc. Just grams.

0° to 100° from freezing to boiling, much simpler than 32° to 212°.

1 gram of water = 1 cubic centimetre = 1 millilitre

1 calorie is the energy to raise one gram of water through 1 degree Celsius

Just a few quick examples from me tired wee heed.



'splain how imperial units could be easier than that.
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I'd probably shoot myself if I had to force this old brain to start converting now.
With a 9mm?

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'splain how imperial units could be easier than that.
Its not that imperial units are easier-- they clearly aren't. Its about familiarity. I know what a mile or a yard or a foot is by eye. I can estimate a gallon of liquid probably within an ounce or two, and I know what 72 degrees feels like vs 74. Its what I know and it works.

In many ways its like language. If you were born and raised speaking English, it would never occur to you that it's a rather difficult language.
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Its not that imperial units are easier-- they clearly aren't. Its about familiarity. I know what a mile or a yard or a foot is by eye. I can estimate a gallon of liquid probably within an ounce or two, and I know what 72 degrees feels like vs 74. Its what I know and it works.

In many ways its like language. If you were born and raised speaking English, it would never occur to you that it's a rather difficult language.
Well said, couldn't agree more.
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