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Straegen
03-22-2011, 16:02
Thought this map was somewhat telling:

Map of countries not using the metric system:

http://www.zmescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/metric-system-1024x450.png

Too bad Carter couldn't get this accepted.

Noob
03-22-2011, 16:07
I wish we would. It is so much easier to calculate and figure.

But no, I have to own two sets of wrenches to work on stuff. Sometimes the same thing has english and metric on it.

dawnvip
03-22-2011, 16:13
Sooooo glad we went Metric in Canada. I hate eights!

scubatrucker
03-22-2011, 16:13
The only good thing with the metric system is that I'd be able to drive 110.

scubagirlj
03-22-2011, 16:33
The only good thing with the metric system is that I'd be able to drive 110.
..but you'd be buying fuel by the litre.....

Straegen
03-22-2011, 17:14
Sooooo glad we went Metric in Canada. I hate eights!

I don't mind 8s... I just don't like using them in a base10 system.

Lake Michijim
03-22-2011, 18:18
In the U.S. we are smart enough to use both systems.

Straegen
03-22-2011, 20:51
I doubt most people outside of high school in the US could handle mili, micro, nano, pico, centi, kilo, etc conversions. Course I am not so sure they can do fractions either. More likely a large number of people in the US cannot do either.

dawnvip
03-22-2011, 20:51
In the U.S. we are smart enough to use both systems.

We have to use both systems too, probably because so much of the stuff comes from the US.

Brittain is a complete mess. The country is metric, but the people are standard. Gas is bought by the litre but roadsigns are in MPH. :smiley29:

Smashee
03-22-2011, 21:09
Brittain is a complete mess. The country is metric, but the people are standard. Gas is bought by the litre but roadsigns are in MPH. :smiley29:

Gas is sold per kWh but petrol is sold per litre. Food is per kg, milk is per litre but beer is by the pint & half pint. (That's a proper pint, not the US short measure one). Roads and speed are by the mile but weight is by the kg unless you're talking about a person, in which case it's by the stone. Height is in feet & inches for people, but metres for nearly everything else. Area is sq. m or hectares, unless it's land, which is acres or allottments which are rods. Horse-Racing is by the furlong and a cricket wicket is 1 chain.

It's not really all that tricky, is it.

scubagirlj
03-22-2011, 22:31
Gas is sold per kWh but petrol is sold per litre. Food is per kg, milk is per litre but beer is by the pint & half pint. (That's a proper pint, not the US short measure one). Roads and speed are by the mile but weight is by the kg unless you're talking about a person, in which case it's by the stone. Height is in feet & inches for people, but metres for nearly everything else. Area is sq. m or hectares, unless it's land, which is acres or allottments which are rods. Horse-Racing is by the furlong and a cricket wicket is 1 chain.

It's not really all that tricky, is it.

...that's an 1/8 of a mile...that i know!

navyhmc
03-23-2011, 01:38
...that's an 1/8 of a mile...that i know!

I thought it was 1/6th of a mile?

Smashee
03-23-2011, 02:17
It's 40 rods or 10 chains. For the benefit of Americans, 1 rod is appx. 2.95 smoots. Hope this makes things clearer. :D

chinacat46
03-23-2011, 06:37
It's 40 rods or 10 chains. For the benefit of Americans, 1 rod is appx. 2.95 smoots. Hope this makes things clearer. :D

Watch yourself there are kids on this forum. LOL

oddbod
03-23-2011, 07:21
I doubt most people outside of high school in the US could handle mili, micro, nano, pico, centi, kilo, etc conversions. Course I am not so sure they can do fractions either. More likely a large number of people in the US cannot do either.
It is really simple
Text Symbol Factor
tera T 1,000,000,000,000
giga G 1,000,000,000
mega M 1,000,000
kilo k 1,000
hecto h 100
deka da 10
(unit) (unit) 1
deci d 0.1
centi c 0.01
milli m 0.001
micro μ 0.000,001
nano n 0.000,000,001
pico p 0.000,000,000,001

Really how could you ever get it mixed up.:smiley5:

Edit: Sorry table didn't copy right.

Straegen
03-23-2011, 07:52
Probably the only ones people are not exposed directly these days are hecto, deka, micro, nano and pico. Many of the rest are learned via computers through RAM and Harddrive size which are 8bit oddly enough. I remember when I was in school a couple decades ago most people didn't know what came after mega much less giga. I do think it funny that peta is probably going to have an advertising issue or two. I knew exa and zeta but just looked up yotta.

Noob
03-23-2011, 11:28
It's 40 rods or 10 chains. For the benefit of Americans, 1 rod is appx. 2.95 smoots. Hope this makes things clearer. :D

I thought in Canada road distance was measured by the time it takes to drink a beer?

mitsuguy
03-23-2011, 11:41
I thought it was 1/6th of a mile?

one eighth! :)

660 feet...

you all haven't even started talking about nautical terms...

1 nautical mile = 6000 feet

1 minute latitude = 1 nautical mile, 1 degree latitude = 60 nautical miles...

clavicl3
03-25-2011, 03:28
I can't wait til the future when all this will be useless because the only significant distance for us will be a lightyear.

divingmedic
03-26-2011, 08:16
I doubt most people outside of high school in the US could handle mili, micro, nano, pico, centi, kilo, etc conversions. Course I am not so sure they can do fractions either. More likely a large number of people in the US cannot do either.

The majority of the medical field uses the metric system. I wish we would go to it. I hate fractions. They make my head hurt.

mm2002
03-26-2011, 09:20
Does anyone know the metric equivalent of a sh*tload?

Straegen
03-26-2011, 12:23
I am guessing that would be a yottaload

mm2002
03-26-2011, 19:48
I am guessing that would be a yottaload

Sounds reasonable to me :smiley36:

Smashee
03-26-2011, 19:59
There (was? is?) a petition doing the rounds to get the prefix for 10^27 called "Hella-".
And 1.2 Imperial sh!tloads = 1 metric crapton. HTH.