1. Post #41
    Dennab
    December 2008
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    how much is a stone anyway?

    Edited:

    Nice argument.
    Except it was super retarded.

  2. Post #42
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    how much is a stone anyway?
    14 Pounds.

  3. Post #43
    Dennab
    December 2008
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    14 Pounds.
    In Kilos please?

  4. Post #44
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    In Kilos please?
    2.2 Pounds in a Kilogram.

  5. Post #45
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    There's this inexplicable measurement unit called "furlong per fortnight".
    It's a barely noticeable measurement of speed, 1 furlong per fortnight = 0.000166309524 m/s.

    Anyway. How do you Americans "deal with" science? This question, of course, is primarily aimed at people actually having experience with any mid-high level physics, mathematics and/or chemistry so that they have actually spent a significant time with their calculator. Surely you need to paraphrase any imperial unit to metric, or how does that work?
    Uh, we're all taught metric in school for "advanced" science courses like physics. Actually, all science courses I've taken have used metric. It's just that it's not used in the colloquial. I was raised with feet, miles and pounds, it's easier for me to quantify than kilograms and meters(though meters aren't really that hard, it's just about 3ft).

    Metric may not be used officially, but most people I know in my generation can easily tell the difference. My mom's, not so much.

  6. Post #46
    Dennab
    December 2008
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    2.2 Pounds in a Kilogram.
    Wow thats complicated.

    In turn i could just say like: 20 Kilogram and thats that.

  7. Post #47
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    Road signs, pint glasses and dick size are the only things I encounter that are almost always imperial units, and that first one is only because I live in the UK. Imperial units for weight, temperature, very long or short distances, force, energy, ect. are a clusterfuck and something hard for me to visualise the quantity it's describing compared to SI units.
    When I said long distances I only really mean miles. I guess it is just what I am used to. I do prefer metric for everything else.

  8. Post #48
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    Wow thats complicated.
    That's why nobody works with both Pounds and Kilos in the same light.

    Pounds and Stones work together well.

  9. Post #49
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    Except it was super retarded.
    That was the point.

  10. Post #50
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    Imperial is nice too.

    In a boxing match you can't really imagine the guy saying "IN THIS CORNER, WEIGHING IN AT 80 KILOGRAMS"

    it doesn't sound right..

    same with kilometres per hour...
    Yes, it does. Just because you aren't used to it, it doesn't mean the rest of the world hasn't.


    How about, yes it is.

    People saying their weight in Stones is socially excepted, also babies being weighed in pounds is accepted.

    Why should everything be Metric because it is "perfect".

    Quarter Pounder With Cheese.

    Royale With Cheese.

    I haven't ever heard anyone saying his weight in stones.


    Names are irrelevant to this argument.

  11. Post #51
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    I don't think so. What if you aren't exactly 6 feet? Like 6 feet and 12 inches. How do you say that?
    Uh, you do realize that would make you 7 feet right?

  12. Post #52
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    Yes, it does. Just because you aren't used to it, it doesn't mean the rest of the world hasn't.





    I haven't ever heard anyone saying his weight in stones.


    Names are irrelevant to this argument.
    Well, clearly. Seeing as you're from Bulgaria, you wouldn't get it.

  13. Post #53
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    That's why nobody works with both Pounds and Kilos in the same light.

    Pounds and Stones work together well.
    Totally.

    16 ounces is 1 pound; 14 pounds is 1 stone. Am I missing something here or is that completely retarded and missing any kind of direction or rule to it?

    Edited:

    Well, clearly. Seeing as you're from Bulgaria, you wouldn't get it.

    Yeah, if you also haven't noticed, we're on an international forum. I still haven't ever heard anyone stating his weight in stones.

  14. Post #54
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    Yeah, if you also haven't noticed, we're on an international forum. I still haven't ever heard anyone stating his weight in stones.
    Nobody cares, this is a forum. In real life, I doubt the people who speak English in Bulgaria speak the same as the English do in England.

  15. Post #55
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    The one thing I think is kind of cool about Imperial is that in some cases it's kind of like base 2, like with volumes. But it's not consistently base 2 unfortunately.

    If there was a base 16 measurement system, I would be all over that.

    Edited:

    Uh, we're all taught metric in school for "advanced" science courses like physics. Actually, all science courses I've taken have used metric. It's just that it's not used in the colloquial. I was raised with feet, miles and pounds, it's easier for me to quantify than kilograms and meters(though meters aren't really that hard, it's just about 3ft).

    Metric may not be used officially, but most people I know in my generation can easily tell the difference. My mom's, not so much.
    Metric is used by the federal government.
    IIRC, any law they pass has to use metric measurments. I.e. it's illegal to possess 3kg of bananas. (not actually a law)

  16. Post #56
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    Nobody cares, this is a forum. In real life, I doubt the people who speak English in Bulgaria speak the same as the English do in England.

    I don't see how that's relevant. Why would anyone use a different measurement on a forum as opposed to using whatever he's used to?

  17. Post #57
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    Metric is used by the federal government.
    IIRC, any law they pass has to use metric measurments. I.e. it's illegal to possess 3kg of bananas. (not actually a law)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_Conversion_Act

  18. Post #58
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    I don't see how that's relevant. Why would anyone use a different measurement on a forum as opposed to using whatever he's used to?
    Because people on forums talking isn't the same as having a conversation?

    You get it?

  19. Post #59
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    October 2009
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    oh fuck not another one of these threads.

  20. Post #60
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    Because people on forums talking isn't the same as having a conversation?

    You get it?
    Yes it is? I don't suddenly start using different words when writing something. What reason could there possibly exist to make me, or anyone else for that matter, change a commonly used part of my dictionary only when writing on a forum?

    Edited:

    oh fuck not another one of these threads.
    They aren't in General Discussion now - if you don't like them, don't read them.

  21. Post #61
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    Uh, you do realize that would make you 7 feet right?
    I wanted to write 2 inches, slipped and didn't saw the error. Sorry. Nonetheless, I think you understand what I tried to say.

  22. Post #62
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    As far as I'm concerned the Kelvin scale IS just Celsius. I don't distinguish between them in my mind because they're literally exactly the same, just one is shifted down by 273. The increments are the same, so I think of them as the same thing.
    Well some physical calculations require you to use the absolute temperature. Celsius is easier in everyday life.

  23. Post #63
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    August 2009
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    I'm used to the imperial because its mostly used in america but the metric system just seems easier to use.

  24. Post #64
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    How about, yes it is.

    People saying their weight in Stones is socially excepted, also babies being weighed in pounds is accepted.

    Why should everything be Metric because it is "perfect".

    Quarter Pounder With Cheese.

    Royale With Cheese.
    It's socially acceptable to wherever you may live, but so would be saying things in meterics would be socially acceptable among people that are used to the metric system.

  25. Post #65
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    It's socially acceptable to wherever you may live, but so would be saying things in meterics would be socially acceptable among people that are used to the metric system.
    Yeah, depends entirely on where you live.

  26. Post #66
    Dennab
    June 2011
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    Is this going to turn into an "all Americans are retarded" thread?
    Already is.

  27. Post #67
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    Metric is used by the federal government.
    IIRC, any law they pass has to use metric measurments. I.e. it's illegal to possess 3kg of bananas. (not actually a law)
    Even better. Metric is slowly being adopted, it's just that people don't change overnight. We can't simply start changing all of our signs from Miles to Kilometers and all our scales from Pounds to Kilograms, so many people just wouldn't get it.

  28. Post #68
    Now that's even more retarded in a conversation.
    The metric system sounds way cooler, and I'm used to the other system.

    Much more intelligent sounding.

  29. Post #69
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    Nobody cares, this is a forum. In real life, I doubt the people who speak English in Bulgaria speak the same as the English do in England.
    No, but metric is metric wherever you go.

    Edited:

    Unlike imperial, which is so batshit I wouldn't be surprised if it changes depending on the day of the week, and position of the sun.

  30. Post #70
    No, but metric is metric wherever you go.

    Edited:

    Unlike imperial, which is so batshit I wouldn't be surprised if it changes depending on the day of the week, and position of the sun.
    This is what I have to learn and memorize

    Edited:

    I have ADD, and I'm bad at math

    the Imperial system is like telling me to "Fuck off"

    of course, I use this http://handycalc.wordpress.com/ to help!

  31. Post #71
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    I think theo nly use Imperial has is the fact that it's easier to guess.

  32. Post #72
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    October 2009
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    I am an American, and I fucking hate the Imperial system

  33. Post #73
    Metric is better but I still have trouble thinking of everyday things in terms of kilometers. I can think in meters fine and sometimes centimeters, but I still prefer miles.

  34. Post #74
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    If the cost wasn't completely ridiculous for what we would actually get out of it, I would like it if the US switched to metric because converting between units is god awful with the imperial system.

  35. Post #75
    If the cost wasn't completely ridiculous for what we would actually get out of it, I would like it if the US switched to metric because converting between units is god awful with the imperial system.
    I still don't get why people make this claim though. It's really not hard. I convert between things like years and seconds all the time. It's not hard.

  36. Post #76
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    I say we get rid of the Imperial system. We'll get used to Metric units everywhere.
       Who wants to measure like Darth Vader anyway :v   

  37. Post #77
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    If there was a base 16 measurement system, I would be all over that.
    Oh hell yes motherfucker.
    The only problem would be the fact that it'd be impossible to say, you'd be going "9D" and some asshole would be asking "90?"

    Edited:

    Metric is better but I still have trouble thinking of everyday things in terms of kilometers. I can think in meters fine and sometimes centimeters, but I still prefer miles.
    Ditto. I mean, for land distances anyway, meters and bigger are still nicer for me to visualize for heights.

  38. Post #78
    Dennab
    August 2009
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    I still don't get why people make this claim though. It's really not hard. I convert between things like years and seconds all the time. It's not hard.
    Only when you know the conversions between the units, if someone tells me a weight in ounces I won't have a clue how much it is and would have to go look up the conversion.

  39. Post #79
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    I still don't get why people make this claim though. It's really not hard. I convert between things like years and seconds all the time. It's not hard.
    It's just a lot easier for me to move a decimal point than remember specific numbers.

    Honestly, I can't remember the conversion between yards and miles without looking it up.

  40. Post #80
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    There's this inexplicable measurement unit called "furlong per fortnight".
    It's a barely noticeable measurement of speed, 1 furlong per fortnight = 0.000166309524 m/s.

    Anyway. How do you Americans "deal with" science? This question, of course, is primarily aimed at people actually having experience with any mid-high level physics, mathematics and/or chemistry so that they have actually spent a significant time with their calculator. Surely you need to paraphrase any imperial unit to metric, or how does that work?
    Science has been in metric for as long as I can remember. I'd support making the US go metric, though I'd say we keep the roads in miles so we don't have to change out all the road signs and speedometers, as well as to avoid confusion from people.