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    Default Re: America still using the Imperial System

    "I'm an oldy and still think in inches and feet. Stuff the French ideals on metric!"

    Same here, and it makes things easier to relate to in the real world in terms of distance for instance.

    One inch, the the average forefinger distance between 1st and 2nd finger joint, one foot, 12 of the finger joint measurement, one yard, three feet is one yard, 1760 yards is one mile, 25,000 miles in circumference of the Earth, 250,000 miles is distance to the moon, 93 million miles is distance to the Sun, all intuitive and locked into reality, unlike the metric system.

    In other words you can go from very familiar sizes to unfamiliar but important sizes for things like the size of the Earth or distance to the moon etc in your imagination.

    Just because the metric system makes sense in terms or increments of 10 is not the be all and end all of relating from the real world to imagination and back again it just makes it easier to move between units which only the dummies have problems with anyway.

    I hate the metric system, not the least because it is so boring.

    Another instance is if you ask anyone what does a Newton of force feel like, which you need to know if you are an engineer, they can't tell you, actually it's what an apple feels like in the palm of your hand.
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    One anomaly....... An American gallon is less than an Imperial gallon

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    Mind you, airlines, worldwide use feet for height, nautical miles for distance and pounds for amount of fuel. Ken
    That may be because the Yanks dominate the airline industry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    Mind you, airlines, worldwide use feet for height, nautical miles for distance and pounds for amount of fuel.
    And NASA uses metric
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    they are the biggest economy in the world
    biggest military
    biggest govt debt
    in the top 3 for space exploration
    have some of the most important tech companies
    Most importantly, lead the world in fast food
    its one of the best if you personally succeed .
    have personal freedoms not matched in other countries

    The 1st 3 yes. Interesting the 2nd two as a consequence of the first....

    As for the rest, fast food, hardly something to be proud of. Those horrible floppy chips and burgers that look like they've had a road accident is not appealing at all.

    No personal success is a myth. It sure isn't hard work that got those top rich people there.
    Freedoms? That's another bit pf propaganda they tell themselves.

    They have the one of the worst work conditions, less leave, less public holidays, most people on crap pay.

    https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/...-american-myth

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    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    The 1st 3 yes. Interesting the 2nd two as a consequence of the first....

    As for the rest, fast food, hardly something to be proud of. Those horrible floppy chips and burgers that look like they've had a road accident is not appealing at all.

    No personal success is a myth. It sure isn't hard work that got those top rich people there.
    Freedoms? That's another bit pf propaganda they tell themselves.

    They have the one of the worst work conditions, less leave, less public holidays, most people on crap pay.

    https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/...-american-myth

    etc...
    Funny you should mention public holidays. NZ = 11 USA = 11 , UK = 8
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ublic_holidays
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    Mind you, airlines, worldwide use feet for height, nautical miles for distance and pounds for amount of fuel.

    Ken
    Yep and if you are following a plane on Flighradar24 you will find (as you say) Height is in Feet, Speed is in Knots, but distance is in Kilometers.

    Then if we go to a Weather Station the Wind Speed is in Knots, MPH, or Metres per second, could be anything.

    So we give up and go fishing only to find the depth of the water is in Fathoms.

    Bugger it, go to the pub and have a Pint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post

    Bugger it, go to the pub and have a Pint.
    Or a quart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    Or a quart?

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    Good idea, then we can discuss "Horse Power".
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    Most science based industries in America now use the metric system so it is changing but very, very slowly. Canada is fully metric much more so than the UK, this means that America will eventually have to fully change.

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