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    Standard weights and measures have always been an important concern for civilizations going back to ancient times but the (last) metric is more universal since it's based on a synthetic phenomena such as the microwave frequency of a caesium atomic clock. Periphery results in using metric now mean you can get less in a liter than the former quart probably for the same price as the quart (or litre if you're English and must use French words).
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Make America great again, ban metric.

    If countries want to trade with us they can darn well do it our way.
    Fuck yeah! We don't want our beautiful freeways shrunk down to "2 meters from hedgerow to hedgerow", or to buy gasoline with a fucking eyedropper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Why were you working on those FOREIGN cars?

    Serves you right, slut!
    I was working on Japanese furnaces not cars, besides foreign cars are half of all cars in the US anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    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.
    Slutty cars, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    I was working on Japanese furnaces not cars, besides foreign cars are half of all cars in the US anyway.
    (I am only teasing you.)

    What I don't get is why American medical examiners don't use metric measurements. Why are we hearing about "5 inch knife wounds", etc.?

    Doctors for alive people use metric, so why not doctors for dead people?
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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.
    and a few knuckles busted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    (I am only teasing you.)

    What I don't get is why American medical examiners don't use metric measurements. Why are we hearing about "5 inch knife wounds", etc.?

    Doctors for alive people use metric, so why not doctors for dead people?
    Because people don't understand how deep a 12 cm. wound is.
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    Speaking of cars, tires come with pressure markings in Pascals now, so about 30 psi is 206842.7184 Pascals,or 206 KP, I think, don't quote me. Don't want to confuse the two when inflating though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Speaking of cars, tires come with pressure markings in Pascals now, so about 30 psi is 206842.7184 Pascals,or 206 KP, I think, don't quote me. Don't want to confuse the two when inflating though.
    I never heard of either one. It's all a mystery to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    (I am only teasing you.)

    What I don't get is why American medical examiners don't use metric measurements. Why are we hearing about "5 inch knife wounds", etc.?

    Doctors for alive people use metric, so why not doctors for dead people?
    They do use metric in English crime shows though a 127mm knife doesn't have the same visceral as a 5 inch blade.
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