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Our Friend, The Meter

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the you-mean-people-like-nasa dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 1672

dbirchall writes "Upon hearing that SpaceShipOne reached 100km today, I did some hasty math based on the altitude in feet sttated by Scaled Composites in their press release, and was surprised to come up with a number under 100,000 meters. Fortunately, a friend pointed out that my inches-to-meters conversion was flawed. Some quick Googling determined that lots of people still have no idea how many inches are in a meter, even after some folks have had big problems because of conversion errors."

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Eat my Shaved Balls (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503702)

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owned (-1, Troll)

OPTiX_iNC (691070) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503704)

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meter (5, Funny)

loveandpeace (520766) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503708)

you mean it has nothing to do with iambic?

Damnit (0, Offtopic)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503709)

I want my flying car!

What is the point of this (0, Flamebait)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503711)

It's not like the press release was wrong, the poster was an idiot

It matters because (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503744)

Dude, read the blurb again. It matters because the poster was Dan Birchall. Don't you know who that is? He's the head of NASA's mars probe program...

Re:It matters because (2, Informative)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503806)

2.54 cm/inch
1609 m/mile
39.37 in/m

These are off the top of my head. This guy doesn't know what the conversion rates are, I didn't know how many cubic inches are in a liter which I needed today, so I fucking looked them up. Search on your favorite search engine for conversion factors this isn't news.

Re:It matters because (4, Informative)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503821)

Dude, read the blurb again. It matters because the poster was Dan Birchall. Don't you know who that is? He's the head of NASA's mars probe program...

And it matters because in the linked blog he gives a long list of incorrect conversion factors from supposedly authoritative sources. I doubt he actually submitted the article; the Slashdot summary just makes him out to be an idiot who can't do simple arithmetic.

Re:It matters because (1)

poofyhairguy82 (635386) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503880)

So thats why Mars is NASA's weekness.

Re:What is the point of this (1)

wash23 (735420) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503815)

Actually I thought the point was the "Our friend, the meter" web page, and how many people fuck up the conversion and/or have posted completely wrong conversion factors on websites etc, not the press release from SS1.

At least we know. (3, Funny)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503714)

Well, at least NASA knows what happened to it's probe, unlike some other space agencies. ;->

Why should I care? (4, Insightful)

tangent3 (449222) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503715)

Why should I care how many inches are there in a metre (meter for some of you people). Everywhere I go today everything I see is in metric. Whoever uses inches anywa.... oh. *those* people. *sigh*

Re:Why should I care? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503852)

How many stone do you weigh?

On in the US (5, Insightful)

gnuman99 (746007) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503717)

This problem appears to occur only in the US. Even the British adopted the meter, and they invented the imperial units!

Maybe it's the time for the US to join the metric world. At least we wouldn't loose that Mars probe!

Re:On in the US (4, Funny)

LMCBoy (185365) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503736)

Yeah, okay. You use meters, congratulations. But can you spell "lose"?

Re:On in the US (4, Funny)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503776)

Yeah, okay. You use meters, congratulations. But can you spell "lose"?

As he's apparently British, he can't spell "metre" either.

Re:On in the US (1)

gnuman99 (746007) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503850)

Lol. British.. That's a good one! It is spelled meter over here, so guess which country (not US, btw).

Re:On in the US (3, Insightful)

wookyhoo (700289) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503796)

The number of people who get that wrong. *sigh*

Next slashdot story:

"English: Lose or Loose? Lose the 'o'! Yes, let it loose!"

erm, or something :|

Re:On in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503835)

"Those that confuse lose and loose lose."

Re:On in the US (0, Troll)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503752)

Ooooohhh ho ho ho, the U.S. will be bringing the Imperial Units back -- just you wait! The only reason you aren't using 'em is because you live in the provinc--er, other countries.

Re:On in the US (5, Funny)

Osty (16825) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503756)

Maybe it's the time for the US to join the metric world

Hell no! You'll get my inches, miles, and gallons when you pry them from my cold dead hands!


At least we wouldn't loose that Mars probe!

Loosing the probe was part of the mission design. To bad we lost it afterwards. It really sucks to lose something once you've set it loose.

Re:On in the US (5, Insightful)

popeydotcom (114724) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503760)

A lot of us brits, even those taught the metric system at work, still talk in feet and inches. Our road signs (like US ones) are all in Miles, and I don't see that changing any time soon. We buy beer and milk in pints and mostly weigh in stones and pounds and not kilos. Speed over water and air is still measured in knots, and our road speed limits are in miles per hour.

So whilst we have "adopted" the metric system we still use the "old" measurements day-to-day.

Re:On in the US (4, Informative)

ArsSineArtificio (150115) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503810)

We buy beer and milk in pints and mostly weigh in stones and pounds and not kilos.

The "stone" is totally unknown in the US, by the way. I believe that's the only common Imperial (or, as we say, standard) measurement we don't have.

Re:On in the US (1)

popeydotcom (114724) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503840)

Ah, yes of course, I forgot that. I visited the US recently and got into a discussion about weight. I mentioned stones and everyone looked at me as though I was some kind of loony.

I actually don't know my weight in any other measurement than stones and pounds!

Re:On in the US (1)

anaphora (680342) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503761)

You going to pay for us to change all of the road signs all over the country that deal with "XXX tons maximum", "Height: 16'", "45 miles to _______", or "Speed limit: 70"?

That's the country's job, after all. Not to mention the problem that occurs in the private sector...

Re:On in the US (2, Informative)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503802)

You going to pay for us to change all of the road signs all over the country that deal with "XXX tons maximum", "Height: 16'", "45 miles to _______", or "Speed limit: 70"?

Good point, but actually tons are a metric unit. One ton is 1000Kg :)

Re:On in the US (1)

neil.orourke (703459) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503873)

Good point, but actually tons are a metric unit. One ton is 1000Kg :)

Actually, the metric unit is the tonne.

Re:On in the US (1)

gnuman99 (746007) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503874)

Except the american tons which are 2000 pounds or 907.185kg != 1000kg. This might just cause problems for international trade if not careful!

Re:On in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503876)

that would be a METRIC ton. a ton is 2000 lbs.

Re:On in the US (1)

VertigoAce (257771) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503888)

Metric tons are metric units (1000kg). But, in the context of imperial units, a ton is 2000 lbs (~907.185kg).

Re:On in the US (2, Informative)

zoydoid (228959) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503894)

you be thinking of a 'tonne' no doubt

Re:On in the US (4, Funny)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503896)

Good point, but actually tons are a metric unit. One ton is 1000Kg

Usually speled "tonne" to make it clear.

It always bothered me in Star Trek when Spock would be reading off sensors of some object and say "5 million metric tons". Unless you go to 3 significant figures, it doesn't matter which kind of ton(ne); and in the 24th century I rather hope the imperial ton has gone the way of the cubit.

Re:On in the US (1)

nosfucious (157958) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503898)

You're going to have to pay upfront, but the benefits will pay for themselves ... eventually.

I don't think you'll see a great headline "cost saving", but it's the accumulated cost of not having to run a (mental or automated) conversion from miles to kilometers. This can be in staff time or your time.

Car speedometers and other other measuring devices won't have to display a different number, even though they're showing the same amount (just according to a different standard). This has got to reduce product development cost which means a cheaper product (or more profits to the corporation).

Multiply this out by a few million times and you'll see that it won't be too many years that adopting an internationally recognised standard will pay for iteself.

Bite the bullet now, it'll only get more expensive as time goes on.

Re:On in the US (1)

GileadGreene (539584) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503818)

At least we wouldn't loose that Mars probe!

Uh, not to nitpick or anything, but didn't you recently lose a Mars probe? Admittedly, Beagle II wasn't lost to a metric/imperial error, but it was lost (and since the reasons are presently unknown, it could be something just as silly as the metric/imperial error).

Having said that, you're right about the fact that it's about time for the US to join the 21st century, and ditch the imperial system.

Conversion to metric is like the euro (1)

KamuSan (680564) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503845)

Conversion from the system you grew up in to a new system is not easy. We [nl] have the Euro for some years now and I still can't figure out how much I'm ripped off.

Also, engine power is officially measured in kW, but everybody still speaks in terms of horsepower. You'll agree with me, 192 hp sounds much better than 131kW. :-)

Two things (0, Flamebait)

fruity1983 (561851) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503724)

First, what the hell kind of post is this? "I can't convert, and my friend corrected me. Cool huh?" I don't get it.

Second, the imperial system is so ridiculous, I don't understand how it hasn't been replaced in the United States. I think the only good thing about it is the inevitable "my car gets 40 hogsheads to the slug" or whatever the hell it is. I laugh everytime.

Re:Two things (1)

Electoad (705387) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503795)

To quote grandpa Simpson "My car get 40 hogsheads to the ramrod, and that's the way I like it."

Rods to the hogshead (3, Funny)

ArsSineArtificio (150115) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503884)

To quote grandpa Simpson "My car get 40 hogsheads to the ramrod, and that's the way I like it."

It's "40 rods to the hogshead", actually. A "rod" is 16.5 feet; a "hogshead" is 63 gallons. Consequently, the elder Mr. Simpson's car putatively ran at 0.002 mpg.

Wonderful Units of Measure... (1)

BrianMarshall (704425) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503809)

my car gets 40 hogsheads to the slug

... and, of course, the speedometer is calibrated in Furlongs per Fortnight...

From the mixed-up files of CowBoy Neal (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503727)

To: CowBoy Neal
From: CmdrTaco
Subject: Man to Man

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Spaceballs (-1, Offtopic)

ThatWeasel (113982) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503728)

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Re:Spaceballs (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503748)

dude, your site SUUUUUUUUCKS! seriously, that make out thing is retarded.

Re:Spaceballs (0, Troll)

ThatWeasel (113982) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503790)

You know what? It's too early in the morning to care what you think about that site. So screw you, Mr. Anonymous Coward. ThatWeasel.com [thatweasel.com] rocks. And this post is crap. Convert Inches to Meters properly by using the back of a Marble Notebook.

Just Remember 2.54 (5, Insightful)

SnowZero (92219) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503737)

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters

It's fairly easy to remember, and everything else regarding length conversions can be derived from it. It also happens to be the official definition of the inch, since NIST uses metric internally.

Re:Just Remember 2.54 (0, Redundant)

moondo (177508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503788)

thanks!
now for everyone else in the world
just remember... 1cm = 0.3936 inches
so simple yo!

Re:Just Remember 2.54 (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503825)

And see here, I thought everybody else on the planet was smart enough to take the inverse of a number. After all, us Americans are so stupid...

Re:Just Remember 2.54 (1)

quinkin (601839) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503881)

Or change the multiply to a divide...

Q.

Re:Just Remember 2.54 (1)

arodland (127775) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503830)

Pretty close to what I was going to say, which is that 25.4 millimeters to the inch is pretty damn accurate. So the number if inches in a meter is about (1000/25.4) -- about 39.37, which is right to as near as I can usefully remember anyway.

Re:Just Remember 2.54 (1)

arodland (127775) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503857)

In fact, further investigation reveals that the US standard inch is defined to be exactly 2.54cm. Who'da thunk it?

Re:Just Remember 2.54 (1)

fname (199759) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503886)

I learned most of my unit conversions from the back of cereal boxes & other everyday items. That's why I know there are 28.4 grams/ounce. 16.9 fluid ounces per half liter. I'm sure I memorized the noted convesrion from rulers in school.

And what's the deal with the reference to the Mars lander? It's not like they were using a conversion that was slightly off; they were using the wrong units. Anyone care to count how many Slashdot stories featured references to that error?

Legacy Measurement System (1)

jazman_777 (44742) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503739)

A bit offtopic... I know a lot of folks here will go on about "what is wrong with the US that they won't go metric?" and it comes down to "everything is English, it'll cost too much to convert." Especially heavy manufacturing machinery. Anyway, my Honda is metric, and I have a set of metric tools to deal with that.

We just took our 2-year old son to the doctor, and they needed to weigh him, but he hates going, so my wife stood on the scales with him, then handed him off, and weighed, and they took the difference. The scale measured in Kg and I was able to say, "whoa! that's X pounds!"

Re:Legacy Measurement System (5, Funny)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503849)

The scale measured in Kg and I was able to say, "whoa! that's X pounds!"

Your kid only weighs X pounds? Sorry to hear that. My 10 month old baby boy is weighing in right about XXX pounds right now. And he's starting to walk!

Hmmmm, am I the only one left using Roman numbers? I guess if I'm gonna use this metric thing I'm going to have to upgrade to Arabic numbers, eh? Nah, it would cost too much.

Re:Legacy Measurement System (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503887)

no, everything is American.

There's no such thing is "English" units. The units you use are not the Imperial system used in England, they have most of the same names, but some of the values are different. Mostly volume units I believe, like Gallons.

Change to metric (1)

Chernevog (682048) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503740)

I do not understand why the US won't change to metric, it would be so much simpler. I for one do not enjoy doing conversions and having to remember all the formulas that go with!

Re:Change to metric (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503836)

Let's see... Change to metric so we have to do conversions, or stay with the current system so furrners have to do conversions.. I'll take choice #2!

Re:Change to metric (0, Flamebait)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503854)

I, for one, welcome our new dangling participle overlords.

Don't you people realize that if you use a preposition, you have to have an object for the phrase? Would it be too hard to just add three characters to that sentence and *not* be a pretentious nerd?

Re:Change to metric (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503891)

Really when do you have to do conversion?
Once you are in one system or the other, it pretty much self-contained.

When I am in AU (after 3 weeks) I don't worry about driving on the right side of the road or converting to Farenheit. And vice versa with being in the US after 3 weeks. Only that 3 weeks adjustment period is dodgy.

I can't think of any profession outside of mechanical engeering that has to make the conversions on a regular basis.

I also remind you that in the 70s every US kid was taught Metric, because "we'll switch over real soon." But we never did it just turned into "Waiting for Godot". UK, AU, NZ, etc. had the advatadge of switching from an non-decimal monitary system (pounds & shillings) to a decimal monitary system (pounds/dollars & pence/pennies). That provided the energy to get over the inertia of the Imperial system. (And for extra points, sing the AU money conversion jingle.) The US was always on a decimal monitary system, and therefore had no one thing that _HAD_ to change. So, nothing changed.

Still incorrect... (1, Funny)

bentini (161979) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503746)

Unless I'm mistaken, the conversion factor is defined the other way: 1 inch=2.54 cm, exactly. Python tells me that this is more like 39.370078740157481.

Which to me means nothing so much as is silly to point out you're right by simply being more right. The correct thing to do is to point out the above.

As a side note, this means I am doing the right thing. Go me!

Re:Still incorrect... (1)

RedWizzard (192002) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503775)

Unless I'm mistaken, the conversion factor is defined the other way: 1 inch=2.54 cm, exactly. Python tells me that this is more like 39.370078740157481.
If you care about accuracy enough to use 15 decimal places, wouldn't you better to use the exact value?:

1 meter = 10000/254 inches.

not the same old problem again (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503747)

It's so frustrating... there's gotta be someone in a public position with the balls to unify the measuring systems.

Either the world changes or the US changes. Personally I say go towards the metric system. Let's also use grams, liters, and all the other worldwide used measuring systems.

It might be tough in the beginning for those who are adjusted to the inch-system, but change has always proven to be hard in any society. Argg.. an anonymous post on slashdot won't make a difference anyways... or will it?

Re:not the same old problem again (1)

penginkun (585807) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503885)

Damn straight it won't. How astute of you to recognise the fact. 8^)

The metric system is the tool of the devil! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503750)

The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it.

Meters! Pheh!

Conversion? (1, Redundant)

grasscutter (324838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503753)

Umm an inch is exactly 2.54 cm. And I think you can convert from there.

let it be said, clear and simple (0, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503755)

as an american, i am ashamed that my country is not using the metric system

the political climate of this world paints an arrogant america, an america that happily drive hummer h2s and tank-sized suvs around while oil supplies become volatile, pollutes and consumes per capita more than any nation

it would be best if there wasn't an "us" versus "them" shadow cast across our country, but our stubbornness at not adapting the metric system can be chalked up to nothing other than an attitude exactly like that

you are such a troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503801)

how the parent can be modded anythign but troll is beyond me.

Re:let it be said, clear and simple (1)

ArsSineArtificio (150115) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503824)

I think that you should probably stick to one troll topic at a time. If you're going for the "spectrum" approach, it's de rigeur that you mention Halliburton and the RIAA as well.

Re:let it be said, clear and simple (1)

Ceyan (668082) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503841)

Maybe they don't change because it'd cost more money for the nation to convert than it would for the US to buy every nation in Europe. Are you going to pay for that?

Google is your metric friend (4, Informative)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503758)

I only recently discovered the Google calculator, so in case it's new to you to:

100Km in feet [google.com]
20 inches in cm [google.com]
Instructions for the Google calculator [google.com]

Re:Google is your metric friend (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503834)

Jesus man! That's 19 883.8782 rods!

Google's Calc has it right (2, Informative)

FiggyBottom (681015) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503763)

1 meter in inches [google.com]

umm... okay... (0, Redundant)

Onikuma (699576) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503766)

Thanks for that announcement. Why anyone felt it was important to announce this to everyone on slashdot is beyond me.

just ask google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503767)

2.54 cm per inch (4, Informative)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503768)

1 m * (100 cm/m) * (1 in/2.54 cm) = 39.37007874 in

Look at me, I'm Informative!

Hunh? (1)

lgftsa (617184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503772)

How can people possibly get this wrong? The simplest conversion to remember is 25.4mm in an inch, and everything multiplies out from there.

Disclaimer: I'm an Australian who entered the school system after the metric system was adoped.

Re:Hunh? (1)

Advocadus Diaboli (323784) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503803)

How can people possibly get this wrong? The simplest conversion to remember is 25.4mm in an inch, and everything multiplies out from there.

Maybe the Pentium Floating Point Bug is still not fixed... :-)

Re:Hunh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503828)

How many Aussies here 43 years or older?

As for inches, how many Aussies say they have a 152.4mm penis? Oi Oi Oi

You idiot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503862)

How can people possibly get this wrong? The simplest conversion to remember is 25.4mm in an inch, and everything multiplies out from there.


Disclaimer: I'm an Australian who entered the school system after the metric system was adoped.


It's not 25.4 mm per inch, it's 2.54 cm per inch. You freakin' moron.

So your 6 foot tall eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503773)

Meters always gives the real height of a man, providing they don't just convert 6 feet to mm ...

Hmmmmm, yes ... 1.813meters is no quite 6 foot, is it Mr Doe?

easy solution (3, Funny)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503780)

get a meter-o-meter and inch-o-meter, drive across the US, divide the numbers, BAM there is your answer, ok, move on to next story :)

Why? (0, Flamebait)

mondoterrifico (317567) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503783)

What is the rational given in the USA for not using metric?
Is it some badge of honour to continue to use an outdated, more complicated system of measurement?

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503820)

1) It works for us.
2) You are in the Old World. We are in the New World. By definition you are on another planet, and we don't care what you do in your little world.

I say that jokingly but there is a lot of truth there.

Re:Why? (2, Funny)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503839)

haven't you heard the stonecutters song:

Who controls the british crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
We dooo! We dooo!

Re:Why? (1)

rockola (240707) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503843)

You might just as well ask what is the rationale behind the UK (and Australia, and Japan, and ...) driving on the left. IOW, something not perceived as broken is unlikely to get fixed any time soon.

Re:Why? (2, Insightful)

ArsSineArtificio (150115) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503848)

What is the rational given in the USA for not using metric?

No compelling reason to change. Same reason why we don't use 220 volts as wall current.

Re:Why? (1)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503869)

The mayer of the next town over to me gave this gem in a speech recently, "If we don't have it, we don't need it!". I think a lot of it just boils down to something similar. For every one of us geeks out there who love spending a little time to write a script to gain us time in the long run, there's a hundred people out there who don't like the idea of putting in a little effort now to get a non-imediate gain. Especially when that gain comes in the form of the ever nervewracking "other" - da feriners use it!

We've tried to convert (1)

MacFury (659201) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503872)

We tried to convert the nation to the metric several times. In the 70's the metric system was touted as the wave of the future and soon everything would be metric. That never happened. It probably won't for a long long time, if ever. We simply have no use for a simple system. A complex one is somehow perceived as better solely on the basis that it is most common.

Re:Why? (3, Interesting)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503893)

No, it's so that after we conquor you, we can plague you with so many little things you have to learn to adapt to your new overlords that you won't have time to even remember what your nationality was before we took over.

Er, I think, anyway.

Seriously, I think it's just part of good ol' American laze. I worked hard to learn the metric system and to be able to convert imperial units to metric when I was in school under the false belief that we'd be completely switched over by the time I grew up. After I grew up (arguably so, anyway), I forgot all that. Now I can't convert shit even in Imperial. How many cups are in a quart, again? How about teaspoons in a tablespoon? I think it's 3. And no matter how many times I cut up a stick of butter, I still can't remember the tablespoon -> cup conversion. :(

Re:Why? (1)

paulbiz (585489) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503897)

There is no rationale given. It is a non-issue. Nobody talks about it and, in general, nobody cares.

With that said, the US does use metric, just not exclusively. All food & medicine is metric (and usually has the old crappy measurements, too). In school, we learned both systems. In science classes we used only metric, in "shop" class (carpentry, architecture and so on) we never used metric. In phys-ed we would run a 100 meter race, then follow it by a 1 mile run. We got to learn fun things like fractions and use measurements like 1/8" and 3/16" rather than silly things like cm.

If you ask almost anyone how far it is from X to Y, how much they weigh, or what the temperature is, they will not respond to you in metric. I think that is the biggest reason why no officials have touched the subject--in all likelihood, they don't know metric either.

Quick Estimating (2, Informative)

Rick and Roll (672077) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503784)

I could have told that it was correct pretty quickly. A hundred kilometers is roughly sixty miles. I've known that since elementary school.

I also could have carried out the whole conversion, because I know that 1 in = 2.54 cm.

There are a lot of math illiterates. The poster is obviously one of them. I don't think the poster should take any comfort in the fact that other people got the wrong answer as well. I think that (s)he should realize that it's time to become educated.

This is just basic common knowledge that everyone should have.

127 meters is exactly 5000 inches (1)

Big_Oh (623570) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503793)

No roundoff!

I can see it now (-1, Troll)

G-funk (22712) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503794)

US Nation: Why should we learn your metric units? Fucking pinko french! Besides, I already know that there's 12 inches to a foot, 11 feet to a blurbpel, 4 blurbpel 2 feet to a kilo-rod, and 99.1 inches to the standard US furlong... Why should I have to learn anything new?

And fuck the kids, it was hard for me it should be hard for them.

Re:I can see it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503831)

[Anti-US rant]

And fuck the kids

No. That's done in France [philly.com] .

(north) American cousins - get on board (2)

Timbo55 (740007) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503798)

The sooner the USofA joins the rest of the world in adopting the logical, easy to use and calculate metric system, the sooner we will all be better off.

Re:(north) American cousins - get on board (4, Funny)

ArsSineArtificio (150115) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503856)

The sooner the USofA joins the rest of the world in adopting the logical, easy to use and calculate metric system, the sooner we will all be better off.

How would it make you better off in Australia? Do you have to keep spare sets of measuring spoons or something around for when we come over to visit?

Re:(north) American cousins - get on board (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9503866)

Let's not forget about driving on the LEFT side of the road, not the WRONG side! RIGHT?

Dang tyres have a 17 inch inner diameter, are 225mm wide, and the outer diameter is 55% of the width added to the inner diameter .... WTF? Looks like other things need changing aswell!

It's not just that the poster is a moron (1, Interesting)

Tarantolato (760537) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503805)

Napoleon, whose judgement was exceptionally keen on all non-Russian-winter related fronts, saw the problem right at the beginning, when he said of the "metric system":

"Nothing is more contrary to the organisation of the mind, of the memory, and of the imagination."

He was right [orbix.co.uk] . Our mind, unaided by an exterior calculating device, works best with 3's and 4's. Which is why the 3- and 4-based Imperial system is vastly more serviceable for everyday use.

metric is gud (2, Funny)

Bob Loblaw (545027) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503814)

Maybe some are confused between the nautical inch and the statute inch ... oh wait ...

Maybe another reason is that some people are believing the doctored rulers they have laying around ... for ... ummm ... "discrete" measurement verification ...

Ya baby ... my rocket *does* go 100 km up.

Get out of here! (2, Funny)

iLEZ (594245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503816)

"With your centilliters and you milliliters." /Eddie Izzard

Google is your friend! (1, Redundant)

gpoul (52544) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503864)

You can't just read your mails at google now, you can also convert units there... and they got it right.

Meter/Inch [google.com]

Inch/Meter [google.com]

American bashing? (0, Troll)

mratitude (782540) | more than 10 years ago | (#9503883)

Can someone tell me why using the metric system is superior to the American forms of measurement? Not opinion mind you, but the science of it, please.

As far as opinion goes - Personally, I think doing exactly the opposite of France and Germany isn't such a terrible strategy! :-p
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