Time To Switch To The Metric System!


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Published: 5 years ago
Making the switch to the Metric System has been talked about for decades in the US... but nothing's ever come of all that talk. Trace explains why it's so much better and why we should take the metric plunge.

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Why isn't the U.S. on the metric system?
http://science.howstuffworks.com/why-us-not-on-metric-system.htm
"Many myths swirl around the metric system and U.S. involvement with it. Let's dispel a few."

You know what the rest of the world has figured out? The metric system. It's time the US got on board.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2013/08/20/you-know-what-the-rest-of-the-world-has-figured-out-the-metric-system-its-time-the-us-got-on-board/
"I've met a lot of people and learned a lot while traveling Europe the past several weeks. Of all the things I have had to explain to fellow travels as not only an American -- but a Texan -- by far the most frustrating thing is our stubborn refusal to embrace the metric system."

It's the Science, Dummy: Why Americans Hate the Metric System
http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/blog/its-the-science-dummy-why-americans-hate-the-metric-system/
"We Americans are known for our strong sense of national pride toward our unreasonable stubbornness against adopting the metric system. We haven't always been so intractable toward what has become the international standard for measuring distance, mass, temperature and other things we need to describe to one another from time to time."

A Brief History of Measurement Systems
https://standards.nasa.gov/history_metric.pdf
"Weights and measures were among the earliest tools invented by man. Primitive societies needed rudimentary measures for many tasks: constructing dwellings of an appropriate size and shape, fashioning clothing and bartering food or raw materials."

The Metric System in the United States
http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/usmetric.html
"Article I, Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution gives Congress the power to "fix the standard of weights and measures" for the nation. The First Congress, meeting in 1789, took up the question of weights and measures, and had the metric system been available at that time it might have been adopted. What actually happened is that Thomas Jefferson, who was then serving as the first Secretary of State, submitted a report proposing a decimal-based system with a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar names for the units."

How the Metric System Works
http://science.howstuffworks.com/metric-system.htm
"Before there were global supply chains and trade agreements, convenience was the highest priority when it came to measurement. In most cases, people didn't have access to sophisticated measuring devices, so they relied on body parts, which were easy to carry around and offered somewhat consistent results."

5 Things You Didn't Know About the Metric System
http://science.howstuffworks.com/5-things-about-metric-system.htm#page=1
"It might seem like the SI has been around forever, but that's hardly the case."

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Hello Americans. Why not have both? Just add the metric numbers to imperial. Even if the metric numbers would be odd, it’s still better. And you can keep the old imperial measurements for cultural/ historical things. Keep the yards on a football field, just add metric to your road signs. The Brit’s changed to metric but you still get pints instead of half a liter in every pub.

1 week ago

Having "both" measuring systems is the WORST possible outcome, as has been exemplified in the UK.
The best transition is a quick transition, as was done in Australia.

Please see https://ukma.org.uk/press/comparison-with-Australia/ and go on from there.


Also, please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication_in_Australia

2 days ago

You're hilarious.
PLEASE can we just switch now TO metric. It is embarrassing that I don't know it. The rest of the world thinks we are such idiots!

2 weeks ago

The day I walk in to pub and ask for a 568ml of cider will be a sad day. I won't give em an inch for our pints, yards, miles and stone. Its much a part of our language and culture.

3 weeks ago

Sounds like something a communist would say

4 weeks ago

When it comes to distance, the metric system is easier, but I prefer the American system when it comes to weight/ liquids

1 month ago

100% of scientist use metric and a lot of american made cars manufactures are abandoning SAE and switching to metric.

1 month ago

ALL cars/automobiles throughout the entire world have been made to metric (SI) dimensions since the mid 1970s.

1 month ago

Hell no the metric system sucks

1 month ago

Please explain.

1 month ago

Real progress will come when we abandon our idiotic base ten fingering counting system in favour of a dozenal system.

Then we can come up with a dozenal measuring system.

1 month ago

Someone tell the girly man wearing the Detroit shirt to move his sissy ass to Europe where it belongs.

2 months ago

Ah metric system, division for the uneducated. Meow... America bad, metic europeon good!

2 months ago

It's time to switch to the metric system. :-(

2 months ago

Since most other countries (except Liberia and Myanmar) did so , AT LEAST forty years ago.
However, political interference seems to have prevented the USA from doing so.
See http://themetricmaven.com/?p=8485 and
https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jun/07/lincoln-chafee/lincoln-chafee-says-ronald-reagan-talked-about-con/may be of interest.

You may care to look up references to Frank Mankiewicz and Lyn Nofziger in their opposition to metrication in the USA -
and http://themetricmaven.com/?p=5820

2 months ago

Imperial system is perfect.

2 months ago

?

1 month ago

If we completely switched to metric it would be disastrous.

2 months ago

Why?
It has not resulted in disaster in every other country where it has been introduced.
It also saves MONEY - and lives.
(See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lshRAPvPZY)

2 months ago

Roses are red,

violets are blue

These are the countries that use the metric system:

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Angola

Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

China - Hong Kong / Macau

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Congo, Democratic Republic of (DRC)

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Fiji

Finland

France

French Guiana

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Great Britain

Greece

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel and the Occupied Territories

Italy

Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea, Democratic Republic of (North Korea)

Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia, Republic of

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Moldova, Republic of

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Nepal

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Norway

Oman

Pacific Islands

Pakistan

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Reunion

Romania

Russian Federation

Rwanda

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovak Republic (Slovakia)

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Netherlands

Timor Leste

Togo

Trinidad & Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks & Caicos Islands

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Virgin Islands (UK)

Virgin Islands (US)

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe.... That's everyone except for you.

3 months ago

Except for Liberia and Myanmar!

3 months ago

"Gee, talking about how dumb, arrogant, and racist all Americans are will definitely convince them of the merits of the Metric system! I possess none of those aforementioned qualities!" -- 90% of the Eurotrash in the comments

3 months ago

What about slugs?

3 months ago

It is interesting that on 4 July 1776 an event took place from which time US "Americans" stopped updating their measurements.
They have since clung to the British measurement system in use at that time (the Winchester Standards) and they did NOT adopt the British Imperial system, introduced to the British Empire in 1825.
It is quite amazing that many US persons seem to think that they use British Imperial measurements when they do not.
(I do know that the difference between these two systems of measurement is mainly with volume and with the number of pounds to a ton.)
While accepting that all of their "US Customary Measurement" standards are now based on the International System of Units (SI), the US did not legislate that SI would be the only system of measurement "legal for trade"..
It is quite incredible that certain US politicians actively worked to ensure that the USA would not adopt the International System of Units as the only system of measurement "legal for trade".

3 months ago

I would like to see a measuring ruler in American school. Is it in metric or imperial?

4 months ago

Metric is shit.

4 months ago

Americans only use Metric when it comes to guns.

4 months ago