Do away with the METRIC for this Urgent period

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Do away with the METRIC for this Urgent period

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Yes, it is easier to calculate with. But IS it RELEVANT?

Really, when was the last time you hauled a Jerry can of 1 Liter of gas around? NEVER. People know what a 5 gallon Jerry can is because there were so many...so we still know GALLONS. We also know what a Quart is(which is still larger than a Liter but the closest thing to it, but we bought GAS and Paint (and vinegar, bleach, wine & more) by the "IMPERIAL GALLON".

So, if you want to impress us with numbers, measure in GALLONS (NOT QUARTS). This what we are familiar with(not many people KNOW what an OLYMPIC SIZED SWIMMING POOL IS so that measure has NO MEANING as well.

You are still sticking with imperial measure(though you will hotly deny it) yet you consistently use 2.5 centimeters as a common measure. TELL THE PEOPLE "THAT IS AN INCH" and most people that own homes(the adults) know what that is. By spreading their thumb and pointer finger apart they know about what an inch is by eyeballing it.

Meaning they also know what a FOOT is more than they know that 30 cm= 1 foot.

Many rulers , yardsticks, and tape measures are STILL in inches. Many are marked 50/50. Very few are pure metric. Many "carpenters and house builders use inch tape measures OVER metric, same can be the same for the plumbers and the electricians.

This is an "URGENT TIME RIGHT NOW". So QUIT with metric already. I know my car holds 10 gallons of gas. People know that because that is what they deal with every couple of days. I also know that a burner barrel holds 45 Imp Gal of oil because there is tons of them floating around as they are still in use.

Otherwise start Reporting in French. Very few will understand.
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I disagree.
I have know idea how much a quart is, but I can visualize a litre and four litres.

Blame the Americans for refusing to adopt the metric system, while the rest of the world uses metric.

I only use distance imperial for wood work and building since all lumber is milled by the lineal foot...for Americans
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What_the wrote:I disagree.
I have know idea how much a quart is, but I can visualize a litre and four litres.

Blame the Americans for refusing to adopt the metric system, while the rest of the world uses metric.

I only use distance imperial for wood work and building since all lumber is milled by the lineal foot...for Americans


Blame whomever you like, I bet you discuss your height and weight in feet, inches and pounds. In 37 years, I've yet to hear anyone in this country tell me they're 180cm tall. I'm PARTLY with our crotchety neighbour up top there. An inch is an inch.
Although, I don't think it's the catastrophe he's making it out to be. Perhaps he ought to learn both systems and take an anti anxiety pill until this all drains off.
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I have no (not know) idea how many gallons of fuel my car holds. It holds $60+ when almost empty.

I know that 2.5 cms is an inch and am quite capable of converting in my head when necessary because I learned math in school.

It's interesting though that most stores show the cost of meat and produce in both types of measurement.

When Canada moved to the Metric system it bothered me that all business's had to change their weighing systems over but the Post Office refused. (for awhile) Many other Gov't offices did not convert their (postal) scales either.

Anyway it only will bother some of us ol farts and not those brought up in the metric system.
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I was just coming back to amend, thinking about this, to say my height and weight also. So ingrained at this point after 40 odd years.

And yes suds, I do know the difference, no need to poke me in the eye with a stick ;)
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It is not that difficult to know more than one system of measure. After a while of using conversions, a person should really be able to deal with it all. Unfortunately, when there is non-standardization, there is more room for human error.

Human error like what happened with the Gimli Glider. Lbs, Kilos... it matters.
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Imperial Gallons or US Gallons?

That one always ticks me off :cuss:
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Only 3 countries do not use the Metric system they are Burma, Liberia, and the US
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LeadingEdgeGlass wrote:Imperial Gallons or US Gallons?

Exactly, isn't any more simple, there'll be always conversion until we all fully adopt metric
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LeadingEdgeGlass wrote:Imperial Gallons or US Gallons?

What_the wrote:Exactly, isn't any more simple, there'll be always conversion until we all fully adopt metric


Knowing that vast majority of cellphone users have smartphones, should be a bunch of free conversion apps.
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I'm still trying to figure out what this "urgent time" is.
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GordonH wrote:
LeadingEdgeGlass wrote:Imperial Gallons or US Gallons?

What_the wrote:Exactly, isn't any more simple, there'll be always conversion until we all fully adopt metric


Knowing that vast majority of cellphone users have smartphones, should be a bunch of free conversion apps.

Indeed.
I have two.
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cfriedemann wrote:Yes, it is easier to calculate with. But IS it RELEVANT?

Really, when was the last time you hauled a Jerry can of 1 Liter of gas around? NEVER. People know what a 5 gallon Jerry can is because there were so many...so we still know GALLONS. We also know what a Quart is(which is still larger than a Liter but the closest thing to it, but we bought GAS and Paint (and vinegar, bleach, wine & more) by the "IMPERIAL GALLON".

So, if you want to impress us with numbers, measure in GALLONS (NOT QUARTS). This what we are familiar with(not many people KNOW what an OLYMPIC SIZED SWIMMING POOL IS so that measure has NO MEANING as well.

You are still sticking with imperial measure(though you will hotly deny it) yet you consistently use 2.5 centimeters as a common measure. TELL THE PEOPLE "THAT IS AN INCH" and most people that own homes(the adults) know what that is. By spreading their thumb and pointer finger apart they know about what an inch is by eyeballing it.

Meaning they also know what a FOOT is more than they know that 30 cm= 1 foot.

Many rulers , yardsticks, and tape measures are STILL in inches. Many are marked 50/50. Very few are pure metric. Many "carpenters and house builders use inch tape measures OVER metric, same can be the same for the plumbers and the electricians.

This is an "URGENT TIME RIGHT NOW". So QUIT with metric already. I know my car holds 10 gallons of gas. People know that because that is what they deal with every couple of days. I also know that a burner barrel holds 45 Imp Gal of oil because there is tons of them floating around as they are still in use.

Otherwise start Reporting in French. Very few will understand.

If imperial measurements are so great, why are both yards and pounds defined in metric measurements (1 yard=914.4mm and 1 pound = 453.59237g exactly):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_units
Basically, when you are using imperial, you're using a system designed as a transition system between the old imperial system and the metric system. And don't worry, the vast majority of engineers, scientists, and people who are making the big decisions are using metric, and thankfully so.
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What_the wrote:I'm still trying to figure out what this "urgent time" is.


Maybe he has to Pee really bad and is not sure whether it's going to be in Metric or Imperial. :biggrin:
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Biggest winner in change over back in the 70s was Oil Companies, gasoline went from 25 cent a imperial gallon to 25 cents per/litre.
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