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Thread: Why the US still uses an archaic system of weights and measures

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    And tool boxes, mine was five tall and weighed enough to crush you if it fell over. Tough to move around.
    We need to phase out one system or the other. Which one is most usable? Well, ask the average man in the street these questions:

    A 5/16 wrench is too small, and a 3/8 is too big. Which wrench do you need?

    A 10mm wrench is too small, and a 12 mm is too big. Which wrench do you need?

    The one more average people can answer correctly is clearly the simplest and most user friendly. Let's adopt that one and dump the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
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    So, the USA adopted the British Imperial system, which it still uses. Back in the '70s, the government tried to get us into the 20th. century, but didn't succeed. Now, here we are in the 21st. century, still using an 18th. century system of weights and measures.
    U.S., Liberia and Myanmar!

    It's gonna come back. People like the cutsie names we have.

    "Meters" and "grams" is so dry and unimaginative. Sucks all the joy out of the "Great British Baking Show".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    We need to phase out one system or the other. Which one is most usable? Well, ask the average man in the street these questions:

    A 5/16 wrench is too small, and a 3/8 is too big. Which wrench do you need?

    A 10mm wrench is too small, and a 12 mm is too big. Which wrench do you need?

    The one more average people can answer correctly is clearly the simplest and most user friendly. Let's adopt that one and dump the other.
    They've been talking about it for thirty years but haven't done it yet. Besides a crescent wrench will usually work if you don't mind the heads getting rounded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    They've been talking about it for thirty years but haven't done it yet. Besides a crescent wrench will usually work if you don't mind the heads getting rounded.
    I am not baking any cakes with "500 grams" of flour.

    They wouldn't taste like freedom!
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    They can have my yardstick when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!!

    You can't make me brain about math!

    I am an American!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Some people have no sense of humor. I do wish they would make up their minds about which system to use though. My work tool box had to have both metric and standard tools, sometimes for one piece of equipment.
    Why were you working on those FOREIGN cars?

    Serves you right, slut!
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    Make America great again, ban metric.

    If countries want to trade with us they can darn well do it our way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Why were you working on those FOREIGN cars?

    Serves you right, slut!
    Lots of "American" cars in the past have both metric and standard bolts.

    Any decent sized set of tools sold as a set will have both metric and standard sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Some people have no sense of humor. I do wish they would make up their minds about which system to use though. My work tool box had to have both metric and standard tools, sometimes for one piece of equipment.
    That actually works nicely on bolts that the heads are kind of worn down.

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