Why Hasn't the US Gone Metric?

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by goofyfish, Jan 28, 2002.

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  1. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

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    For those of us on the Imperial measurement system here is something that helps visualize what metric measurement is...

    1 millimeter is roughly twice the width of the lead of a mechanical pencil.

    1 cenimeter is roughly the thickness of a piece of sliced bread.

    1 meter is about 3 inches longer than a yard.

    1 kilometer is almost 2/3rds of a mile.

    1 kilogram equals 2.205 pounds.

    When rough estimating is necessary this is a quick reference that always helps me.
     
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  3. Riomacleod Registered Senior Member

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    Most cars do have the conversion available, but it's small, and sometimes hard to read on a speedometer.

    Still there's no good reason on the table to go to metric. Granted, it is wise that our science uses the metric system, so that information is communicated more eloquently between the intelligences of different countries. BUT, if I go down to the store and by a pound of ham, how does me buying a half-kilogram of ham make things better for anyone?
     
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