Go Metric!

This post derives its inspiration from Cheerful Monk’s post Fahrenheit.

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26 Responses to Go Metric!

  1. tammy j says:

    LOL! 😀
    but then of course English being English… the yard can be a grassy area with flowers front or back … or a solid concrete area for exercising incarcerated inmates.

    • Way back in the early 70s of the last century, we went Metric in India and had quite a time convincing our customers to understand and accept the change from yards to meters and dozens and grosses to units. It took almost three years to get the change totally accepted. During that time, all of us in the company wore badges that simply said GO METRIC.

  2. Mike says:

    I wish that metric had been adopted here. Once you have it, it makes more sense than our system. The problem is trying to relate metric to what you are used to. If we had switched, metric is what we would be accustomed to.

    • We changed over in the sixties of the last century and I still find it difficult to relate to height in CMs but am comfortable with Kgs for weight!

      • Mike says:

        I’m more comfortable than most with metric, but still have to use a conversion app to relate a measurement to what I’m used to. Yesterday, though, I bought a large bottled drink and, for some reason, thought that it must be a liter bottle and, when I checked, sure enough, it was. Most bottle beverages here have both metric and a US unit of measure.

  3. Us American is a bit slow on switching to Metric.
    Coffee is on

  4. shackman says:

    In 7th grade we were being prepared to make the switch – I am surprised it never happened.

  5. Because of my science background I would be comfortable with metric. I am even starting to post temperatures in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.

  6. Kaitlin says:

    That is funny.

  7. Very funny—Thanks CM and Ramana! Canada has used metric for several decades. I was teaching at the time of the changeover, and witnessed how easily children adapted, and how hard it was for adults (teachers included). We are not completely used to it though, since many of us olders still translate everything mentally . What a waste of time for us!

  8. Gabbygeezer says:

    There was a serious push for metrics in the U.S. in the 1970s. I was among a fairly large group of U.S. Forest Service people called into Washington where we were told to get ready for the change because there was “no doubt” it would come soon. We were ordered to start using metrics in news releases and other media, although most of us ignored that command.

    The big change never happened, partly because of strong opposition from the construction industry. Changing our traditional “2 by 4” lumber and four foot by eight foot sheets of plywood to metric units was a formidable challenge. After lots of smoke from the administration in Washington, there was to be no metric fire in the final analysis.

    • Not being familiar with lumber I don’t understand that terminology but here when we have to buy say plywood boards for any work at home, we use meters and centimeters. Anyway, we have been on the metric system now for more than half a century though our currency went metric over seventy years ago.

  9. there are still “pockets on non-metric” in NZ – I think the building trade, and in particular some pieces of timber are not metric. As noted above the 2 x 4 – although I’m pretty sure that anyone in that trade has a x-over knowledge. Having never bought such a piece of timber, I don’t know…

    In my old weaving world – the % of looms were in imperial so when customers wanted something in metric – I would have a lot of trouble…our patterning threads were mainly worked on “ends per inch”

    I know I have difficulties with “height” but am comfortable with weight… Although I also have difficulties with some clothing sizing – I feel much better with “small, medium, large…(or trying them on…) 🙂

    • I too have exactly the same problem. Just heights and that too only of people. I have no problems with understanding metric heights of mountains and buildings but, when it comes to people, I convert to feet and inches. I have no problems with weights at all.

  10. nick says:

    I’m now well used to metric temperatures and know what 10, 15, 20 or 25C mean in terms of warmth or cold. But if I tell Jenny it’s 15 degrees, she always says “So what’s that in fahrenheit”?

  11. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    LOL LOL the beauty of puns.

    Cheers

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