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    Conversationally, we use month/day because that's how it works conversationally.

    "When's the picnic?"

    "August 12th."


    Almost no one says "The 12th of August."

    Writing the date as 8/12 is a natural extension of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    Why do Americans don't use metrics?

    The dual usage of or confusion between metric and non-metric units has resulted in a number of serious incidents. These include:

    Flying an overloaded American International Airways aircraft from Miami, Florida to Maiquetia, Venezuela on 26 May 1994. The degree of overloading was consistent with ground crew reading the kilogram markings on the cargo as pounds.

    In 1999 the Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported that confusion between grains and grams led to a patient receiving phenobarbital 0.5 grams instead of 0.5 grains (0.03 grams) after the practitioner misread the prescription.

    The Canadian "Gimli Glider" accident in 1983, when a Boeing 767 jet ran out of fuel in mid-flight because of two mistakes made when calculating the fuel supply of Air Canada's first aircraft to use metric measurements: mechanics miscalculated the amount of fuel required by the aircraft as a result of their unfamiliarity with metric units.

    The root cause of the loss in 1999 of NASA's US$125 million Mars Climate Orbiter was a mismatch of units the spacecraft engineers calculated the thrust forces required for velocity changes using US customary units (lbf⋅s) whereas the team who built the thrusters were expecting a value in metric units (N⋅s) as per the agreed specification.

    To be continued...
    we use the Metric system when its just Americans. We just switch to the British Imperial system when any EUs are around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post


    Well that was interesting.. but didnt really give a definitive answer.

    On a personal note; having used both I prefer the middle-endian method.
    Probably for the same reason we don't use the metric system.
    And I'm fine with that.

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    Map of countries officially not using the metric system (Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States):



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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    Map of countries officially not using the metric system (Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States):



    Its like the rest of the world couldn't handle basic measurements and needed a kids version. Maybe we should open up American schools to more of the rest of the world to help them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    Why do Americans don't use metrics?

    The dual usage of or confusion between metric and non-metric units has resulted in a number of serious incidents. These include:

    Flying an overloaded American International Airways aircraft from Miami, Florida to Maiquetia, Venezuela on 26 May 1994. The degree of overloading was consistent with ground crew reading the kilogram markings on the cargo as pounds.

    In 1999 the Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported that confusion between grains and grams led to a patient receiving phenobarbital 0.5 grams instead of 0.5 grains (0.03 grams) after the practitioner misread the prescription.

    The Canadian "Gimli Glider" accident in 1983, when a Boeing 767 jet ran out of fuel in mid-flight because of two mistakes made when calculating the fuel supply of Air Canada's first aircraft to use metric measurements: mechanics miscalculated the amount of fuel required by the aircraft as a result of their unfamiliarity with metric units.

    The root cause of the loss in 1999 of NASA's US$125 million Mars Climate Orbiter was a mismatch of units the spacecraft engineers calculated the thrust forces required for velocity changes using US customary units (lbf⋅s) whereas the team who built the thrusters were expecting a value in metric units (N⋅s) as per the agreed specification.

    To be continued...
    I actually prefer metric. Imperial tool sets are a pain in the butt to use..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    Its like the rest of the world couldn't handle basic measurements and needed a kids version. Maybe we should open up American schools to more of the rest of the world to help them out.
    I don't know why they're so crankypants about it. We use the metric system when it suits us. Like for 5K's.

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    Maybe you should open up American colleges to more Americans instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    Maybe you should open up American colleges to more Americans instead.
    #ShotsFired
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    #ShotsFired
    Gotta admit you're exceptional at firing needless shots at schools kids.

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