...is the imperial system of units and measures (pounds, feet, inches, acres and so on). IMHO, it is an archaic system whose time has past.
Metric is such a nice, precise system. Everything divisible neatly by 10, standard prefixes and such. But the imperial system seems like such a mess. 5280 feet to a mile, 43560 square feet to an acre and so on
My frustration comes from the fact that Canada is officially metric, but since our economy is so intermingled with the American one (which uses imperial) we're stuck in a kind of hybrid situation, using half one system and half the other. An example: As an engineering student, I am asked to calculate pump and pipe sizes. My equation yields a pump requirement in kilowatts, a pipe size in millimeters. But most pumps in Canada are imported from the US, which means they're rated in horsepower. And pipe manufacturers in Canada still make standard pipe sizes in inches, partly because they export a lot to the US. To make matters worse, we often need two sets of tools, one in inches and one in millimeters AARRGGHH! Some stuff coming into Canada that has to be in metric (because of government standards) uses the wrong units, probably due to some confusion down south from people not familiar with metric.
At least most science fiction has seen the light and now uses metric in their scripts. I really wish the US would fall in line with (most) of the rest of the world, although I know it isn't going to happen. I know they're starting to change over, starting in the scientific community, but I can only wait and hope.
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*LOL* Since when is the US one to follow the worlds' lead? Well, I do think Metric is much simpler, but the sentiment here, as far as I know, is that we don't necessarily need to change our ways because we are the only superpower, and who is gonna push us around?
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Then again, maybe this thread should be in French and English.
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What bugs me is trying to work out science stuff with mixed systems, too, Chimaera. The U.S. should switch over. this reflects badly on the country as a whole. The States, in my opinion, generally look dumb by not going with something so easy, precise, and obviously with a lot fewer flaws from a scientific point of view.
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What I find annoying is that the Imperial System has been eliminated by almost everybody, including Imperialist Europe which spread the dang thing in the first place. You'd think that the US which fought a damn war to be free of Imperial influence would have switched to metric by now...
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First of all, just because its easier does not mean its BETTER. Pretty much everyone in the US here has no problem with it. Why bother converting back and forth when the general populace in the US doesn't need to convert whatsoever. We're happy with our miles and gallons and pounds. You think we're gonna change our ways just cuz other countries complain about it? Not likely. There really isn't much to be gained since the US isn't likely to fall to foreign influences either. Oh well!
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*watches Sol explode, even though due to confusion between litres and gallons he'd only part-filled the tank and as a result had run out just as he went over the cliff; a burning tyre rolls out of the wrecjage, in accordance with the laws of fiction*
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