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adrianxw
02-04-2003, 03:36 AM
I have seen a number of threads recently where people wee talking about temperature related stuff, (CPU temperatures, weather etc.), and again, it struck me that the US still uses Farenheit, as well as a whole host of other, non metric units.

Is there any discussion/plans/timetables to change? Obviously, your scientists etc. must work in metric, (although the farce with the Mars Climate Orbiter makes you wonder).

face_master
02-04-2003, 03:38 AM
I guess people dont like change

ammar
02-04-2003, 03:47 AM
Originally posted by face_master
I guess people dont like change

Yeah I agree, but I think that they should use the metric system, because it's universal.

adrianxw
02-04-2003, 03:55 AM
I'm really after an informed answer from someone over there.

>>> I guess people dont like change

People get used to things very quickly. The currency in most of the EU countries changed in 2002, now, Euro's are not novel, just "money".

>>> because it's universal.

As it is not in everyday use in the US, I would question that it is universal. Elsewhere perhaps.

OneStiffRod
02-04-2003, 04:05 AM
Americans are quite happy with feet, inches, yards - and farenheit.

All of our sports are measured in those measurements so don't expect a change anytime soon.

They used to teach in the 70's that if we don't convert and learn the metric system we would be left behind the rest of the world - now we laugh as we've done quite well.
That is your answer, it was attempted to teach americans about the metric system but we just didn't take to it.

Of course we use metrics for scientific and engineering - but how many americans are really into that stuff - popular culture won out.

dP munky
02-04-2003, 04:07 AM
i know we as americans probably wont change, at least for now, but metric makes more sense, units of ten, isnt that more logical?

salvelinus
02-04-2003, 06:30 AM
No plans on going metric, although most liquid food types, pop, liquor, (but not milk!) are metric.

Govtcheez
02-04-2003, 07:18 AM
> liquid food types, pop, liquor

They're available in both, usually - I can buy a 20 oz bottle of pop or a 2 liter bottle (3, if it's Faygo)

Travis Dane
02-04-2003, 07:23 AM
I still don't know on wich fahrenheit is based?
Also on what are the yards,foots,and inches based up upon?
The measering system of america originated from 1000BC or
something like that if im not mistaking.

Govtcheez
02-04-2003, 07:32 AM
Originally crapped out by Travis Dane
I still don't know on wich fahrenheit is based?
Also on what are the yards,foots,and inches based up upon? ::shrugs:: I don't know. Why does that matter?
Originally postulated by Travis Dane in a drug-induced stupor
The measering system of america originated from 1000BC or
something like that if im not mistaking. I'll take a shot in the dark and say you're wrong.

Travis Dane
02-04-2003, 07:43 AM
I'll take a shot in the dark and say you're wrong.

At least thats what my history book told me while ago.


::shrugs:: I don't know. Why does that matter?

Would be interesting to know! Foot might've really been a foot's
length in that time, meaning that system is really old.

deathstryke
02-04-2003, 08:12 AM
My theory is that there are to many old people with money who don't want to change. Besides, how much do you think it would cost to change?

JoeSixpack
02-04-2003, 08:44 AM
>Foot might've really been a foot's length in that time, meaning that system is really old.<

Yes.

http://www.cftech.com/BrainBank/OTHERREFERENCE/WEIGHTSandMEASURES/MetricHistory.html

adrianxw
02-04-2003, 08:56 AM
>>> Besides, how much do you think it would cost to change?

Sure it'll cost, but as your population gets bigger, the cost rises. Leave it another ten years and it'll cost you more, whatever it costs now.

If things are already available in both metric and imperial measures, then just slowly phase the imperial ones out, that's what they did elsewhere, then one day, with a big fanfare, announce the old ones are not going to be there any more.

Travis Dane
02-04-2003, 08:56 AM
Originally posted by deathstryke
My theory is that there are to many old people with money who don't want to change. Besides, how much do you think it would cost to change?

Whe had an money change a year ago, Went quite smoothly,
though some people still mistake that the new money is worth
2.2 times as much as our old and so can be easily decived by
something costing not much.

Govtcheez
02-04-2003, 08:57 AM
You misunderstood. People with money can lobby for what they want. Usually, older people are opposed to change.