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    Will the United States ever adopt the metric system? For some reason I feel it would be easier.

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    They tried that with road signs here in Ohio a few years ago, that is gone now.
    leeroy

    One of my uncles lives in Salem, I have (9) cousins who live up there.
    Headless Man

    I have a bother-in-law down there.
    Expert, As your northern neighbor, allow me to say that I don't dispute American superiority on many fronts, however, I believe that you exaggerate the amplitude of your cited examples.

    "provides more of the worlds food" If you mean produce the most, you're probably right but then again,your consumption is also the largest so I don't see this as a superior metric.

    "most benevolent" Are Canada,Australia and most other western democratic nations not benevolent? Any of these could make the same claim with plenty of evidence to back it.

    "most charitable" Haven't seen the per-capita stats so I'll take your word for it.

    "Most free" Please cite specific examples of unique freedoms enjoyed by Americans and not by aforementioned nations

    "the strongest" Militarily ? No argument here. What's your point?

    "has the worlds best hospitals" If you're covered by a bullet-proof insurance plan, I agree. If not, you're toast

    "most productive economy the world as ever known." The largest by a country mile but not the most productive per-capita.Japan and Germany are more productive.

    "Where else in the world are there so many people lithely dieing to get there? The days of massive immigration waves to America are long gone. Ellis Island is now a tourist destination not the gateway of days gone by.Plenty of downtrodden make their way each year to other countries.
    The metric system is the defacto unit of measurement globally.Other than the U.S., I can't think of another country that uses any other system.

    Canada introduced metrication in the early seventies to much opposition. Like most things new, people are often resistant. I grew up with the imperial system and it took me a few years to get accustomed to the new way to measure. Objectively speaking, the metric system is much more uniform and accurate since units of ten are its foundation. 1 meter=10 decimeters=100 centimeters-10000 millimeters. Compared to 1 yard=3 feet=36 inches. Kinda all over the map,wouldn't you agree? Bite the bullet, and join the global community !

    They tried to do it in school when I was a kid, it just never stuck. They are still planning on switching over someday, that's why you've seen signs with both and car speedometers with both numbers.

    Someday, probably when there's a one world government it will be forced on the U.S., maybe it will happen before then though.
    maybe the us is right and the rest of the world is wrong..... i strongly doubt it
    bulletman

    CONTRADICTION IN WORDS, DAREN 1, I WAS TOLD BY AN AMERICAN THAT THE U.S.A. IS THE WORLD.
    PEOPLELOVER

    You ask them Darren, they are always right, particularly when there is oil involved.
    COME ON AMERICA, STOP LAGGING BEHIND CATCH UP TO THE REST OF THE PLANET,EXCEPT FOR GREAT BRITAIN THE METRIC SYSTEM IS BEING USED.
    gary

    We have adopted the metric system in building cars, etc. We refused the metric system for roads, weather and weights. Most products purchased in stores today come with both weight measures on the package. But, we old farts won't change. When it's 80 degrees outside I know it's warm. I can't convert the temperature to metric and don't want to learn. So, quit bugging us.
    Our resistance to adopting the metric system completely is futile, however our opposition keeps us not you.
    The metric system is slowly becoming part of our way of life. The main objection to its acceptance has been US industry and unions. By not accepting the metric standard US made products stand apart from the rest of the world. This distinction makes competition from metric system countries more difficult because of the need to adapt to US standard parts for electrical appliances as well as our building codes, measuring system and indicators. US standards for many imported products must meet or exceed the standards we have here. Elsewhere such standards are generally more relaxed if they exist whatsoever. Product recalls for failure to meet our standards are born out by the maker so that could bankrupt foreign nationals who fail to meet our standards. Also Foreign national firms are libel under our Anti-trust laws and patent infringement laws. There are thousands of great products that are available in the rest of the world but not here due to such restrictions.
    PEOPLELOVER

    Robergrist your answer is? You guys claim to use the Imperial system but your gallon is NOT a Imperial gallon DUH?
    robertgrist

    I am in favor of progress on the issue. But our world is not one world on every issue. In time I am sure we will all agree on this eventually. Until then try to see the value in our differences and the time it takes to bring this all together. We also use Troy standards for gold and precious metals. Different concepts to describe electrical current flow etc. I have metric and inch standard tools and use both. Considering the fact that Thomas Jefferson invented the metric system you would think we would have adopted it long ago. But then too you could say we did adopt it and kept all of the other systems also.
    Robertgrist: So are you for or against U.S. adoption of metrication ?
    robertgrist

    In time, yes, more fully. We have lots of oddities in all of our standards systems because hard line systems are so often tragically wrong. We don't build ships based on the Titanic design any more and it is unlikely that we continue to construct buildings based on the World Trade Center design either. Adopting the metric system seems like a great idea until you can clearly see the effects of doing so. At the time we are trying to expand the job market rather than shrink it by international standards conformity.
    The Brits agreed to adopt the metric system in 1884 when the French said they would adopt the Greenwich meridian instead of the Paris meridian. The Brits said OK but did not, however kids are no longer taught the Imperial system and for all practical purposes the UK is effectively metric.
    The US began a movement back in the 50's and 60's to change to the metric system. It kind of lost momentum in later years resulting in everything we have (measuring tapes, odometers, measuring cups, etc) showing both systems.
    Bullet man as one Aussie to another, the United Kingdom has metric money, they just stayed with the old names. A pound was 20 shillings a "new" pound is 10 shillings A shilling is 10 new pence so a new pound is 100 pence. The one "funny" one is distance on the road, it is still miles yet the petrol is sold in litres. Only a pom could follow that logic.
    bulletman

    YOU RIGHT THERE!
    Thank you guys but I actually live in the United States. I was kinda asking about my own country.
    NO WAY ITS TRADITION DUMB SHIT
    AND NO I WOULD BE EASIER BECAUSE EVERY ONE IN THE US THAT ARE LEGALLY HER WOULD HAVE TO LEARN IT 300 MILLION PEOPLE.....;P
    IS SAY NO :I
    PEOPLELOVER

    Is this an answer or a "ramble of words" badass.


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