Comments on: Countries That Don’t Use the Metric System http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/ Joey deVilla's Personal Blog Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:51:46 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 By: Joe http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1201710 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 19:32:56 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1201710 I’m an engineer who uses both systems interchangeably. Measurements are simply mathematical representations of things in the physical world. The physical things are important; how they are described, not so important.

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By: Steve Hopkins http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1201140 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 02:48:10 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1201140 I was around in the 1970’s when the debate arose about changing to the metric system for non-scientific uses…We have millions of miles of roadsigns signifying speed limits and directions that would have to change from miles to kilometers…one of the reasons our government decided to not continue with the high costs to convert.

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By: MarvinG http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1201135 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:23:50 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1201135 “Of all the countries in the world, only three backwaters still use the archaic Imperial system of weights and measures”

Inflammatory calling the United States of America backwater! Here’s the real reason why the USA never switched to the Metric System. They tried back in the early 70’s, but the U.S. business economy juggernaut just couldn’t do it. Remember, in WWII, the USA was the 7th military might in the world…7TH!!! Admiral Yamamoto of Japan said that they would have to win the war in two years or he feared the USA’s economic capability would be overwhelming. He was right. 1941-1945…four years and our military might of men and machines was utterly demolishing all enemies in its path, ON TWO FRONTS!!! Let me just give you some perspective of how big the USA is to other countries using the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the total value of goods produced and services provided in one year. #1 is the USA at 18-Trillion US Dollars, #2 is China at 11-trillion USD, #3 is Japan at 4.1-Trillion, #4 is Germany with 3.6-Trillion USD, just 1 state out of 50 states–California, is the 5th biggest Economic Power in the world at 2.7-Trillion, surpassing #6 the United Kingdom at 2.6-Trillion, then at #10 in the world is Texas at 1.6-Trillion. This is leading somewhere…just hold on…one more point… Speaking of Texas, it’s just our 2nd largest state out of 50 states. However, Texas will swallow vast amounts of Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech republic, Austria, some of France, some of Italy, some of Poland, and some of the North Sea in just sheer land mass. That’s nine (9) countries and a sea competing in size just for our 2nd largest state. And don’t get me started on Alaska and California’s size, 12.5 Taiwans can fit in the state of California, 2.1 Texas’ can fit into Alaska.

My point is, the United States of America is HUGE!!! Not only is its land mass huge, but its states economies are huge, let alone all 50-states contributing to the number one economy in the world. Let’s see you change every cast, die, stamp, mold, fitting, piping, nut, bolt, screw, etc., of every bit of machinery, tool, production line, etc., in every city, in every county, in every state, in the entire United States, just because you want to conform to the rest of Europe, Asia, North and South America! Yeah, let’s just stop all production of Fords, across all models, pull out all our robotics and machinery on our production lines, and then reinstall all of it, just so we can conform to the metric system. That’s logical isn’t it??? Maybe instead, we can make a second production line for all our model lines, building brand new second factories, while the old “backwater” imperial system still pumps out new cars and trucks, so we don’t have to stop production, and we can still conform to the metric system! Yeah, let’s spend just a handful of trillions of dollars to do the second option, yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket! I picked Ford as opposed to a Silicon Valley Tech Company, Amazon, Apple, Google, because I know just 1 item, of just 1 model of Ford Motor Company, cost them an 8-week shut down of the model and cost over 359-million dollars to retool–the all aluminum body of the Ford F-150 Truck. Now multiply that by 17 models of Ford, then multiply that into Chevy, Chrysler, Lincoln, Cadillac, Dodge, Jeep, GMC, Buick, Ram, and finally Tesla. Now multiply by the tech industry (no don’t…I don’t want to give you a headache, there’s so many!!!), mining industry, aerospace industry, military industry, transportation industry, building/general contractors, cable/satellite/TV production/movie production industry, communication, clothing…shall I go on? And remember 50-states, with multiple counties (California has 58 counties), with thousands of cities…in each state, let alone the entire United States of America. So, it’s just not logical for the number 1 economic power in the world to retool, just so we can say, “Yay! We’re using the metric system now!” Now do you get the real reason?

If it still doesn’t make COMMON SENSE to you, then how about this…

California’s yearly economy is bigger than Finland, Czech Republic, Romania, Ukraine, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Morocco, Ecuador, Kenya, Oman, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Syria, Tonga, Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Maldives, Barbados, Kosovo, Rwanda, Congo, Madagascar, Malta, Macedonia, Armenia, Albania, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Laos, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Papua New Guinea, Iceland, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Honduras, Nepal, Estonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, El Salvador, Paraguay, Cameroon, Bahrain, Bolivia, Ghana, Serbia, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Lithuania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Panama, Costa Rica, and Uruguay COMBINED!!! Try retooling all these countries combined, and that’s just the equivalent of California alone!!! But you’ve just got started, you have 49 other huge states and huge economies to retool too…

Hope you get it now! The U.S. won’t retool its entire economy and its entire land mass, just so we can say, “Yayhey! We conform to the rest of the world in our nuts and bolts!!!” :-p

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By: Dean http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1201127 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 21:52:36 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1201127 David Souza and Dexter, the US has more immigrants coming here than any other country in the world. Any intelligent person would realize that’s because it’s pretty awesome here. Don’t hate, educate.

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By: Matt http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1200661 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:39:04 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1200661 had metrics long as i can remember but got funny look when asked for a 30 cm sub at subway . Girl serving didnt know what i was talking about till i said 12 inch . She was prob about 16 or 17 well within the metric age ( NZ got metrics from 1967 till 1975 ) , realised 12 inch sub was a brand . btw petrol is in litres and weight in kg.

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By: BetterThanYou http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1200597 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:37:58 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1200597 What’s your excuse for all of your bad grammar? Does America not speak English anymore? Gonna blame the education system? Or are you just complacent in your willful ignorance? You wrote a narrow opinion based on no research or history, and you couldn’t even do it well. Fucking joke of an arrogant, tiny man.

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By: Dave http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1198808 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 21:16:49 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1198808 Obviously a US based article which typically fails to be accurate. The UK and Northern Ireland still use Inperial measurements.

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By: Bronwyn Mairead http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1195060 Tue, 08 May 2018 13:31:46 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1195060 Any particular reason why you left out the UK and NI, who still use the mile?

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By: jenks http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1191809 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 14:35:02 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1191809 The metric system is way too easy to teach anywhere. Lets confuse our lower IQ kids with fractions that won’t use he rest of their lifes.

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By: Lord Sloth http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1184682 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:52:13 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1184682 As a Canadian, I generally use metric, but I do fall back to pounds and inches when talking about height, room sizes, and building decks or other home improvement project. Part of that is probably due to the fact that I was 12 years old when Canada started switching to metric.

I went back to University when I was about 45 to get a few courses, to wrap up my degree. I remember being physics, with the rest of the class being the early 20 something. The professor tried to present a physics problem in imperial units and there was almost a riot. I guess these kids have never seen a problem presented in anything except cgs (centimetres, grams, second) or mks (meters, kilograms, seconds). The students told the professor that they were not going to solve problems in archaic units of measurement. To these kids (young adults), inches & pounds were about as foreign as chains and stones, were to my generation.

The USA is metric when it comes to Science and Industry and Commerce.

The resistance is really at the consumer level in the USA. But things will change as the younger generation realizes that it’s a lot easier to do base 10 arithmetic in your head rather than dealing in crazy conversion factors on a calculator.

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By: Pete scioneaux http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1184426 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 03:59:11 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1184426 Poppycock. Greetings from Marshall Islands. We use miles too. So do our cousins in FSM (Kosrae, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Yap).

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By: GRH http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1181575 Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:16:03 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1181575 as a European, working in the oil & gas industry I’m used to using both SI and UCS. This experience learned me that (for me) the SI is superior to the UCS. Many Americans I work with agree and many of your US science publication use SI, as does the US military according to the above discussions. Why still use UCS? I think only because users feel comfortable with its use. Personally I can “visualize” a 16″ pipe better than a 400 mm pipe but they have the same dimension, but only because I was educated with “imperial” pipe sizes. So one generation can make the switch! The days that the US economy ruled the world are gone. Yes you are still very important but the USA (and other western economies) are over the hill. Others will become more powerful but over time will be replaced with newer powers.Check history and you will know.

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By: CRI YA LEDDLE BETCH http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1180182 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:17:41 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1180182 I think this is a fucking waste of time to rant and rave about “backwaters” if y’all live in one :D… But seriously, so what if we use the metric system, we don’t complain that you have different spellings or words. Oh, and stop bitching about how British English should just be “English”, as far as I can tell, no one gives a rats ass or mentions that Mexican/South American Spanish should be just “Spanish”, so STFU and stop crying ya S.O.Bs.

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By: Quad http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1174211 Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:27:42 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1174211 I am amazed that everyone who cited their own preference sees it purely from their personal need or want versus what the reality was. The reality is this. America lead the industrial revolution. You can argue the UK did or some other nation was a strong part. It’s irrelevant. Planes, cars, engines and the overall economy of the USA has lead the world. The economic super power. That said, right or wrong, the machines and standards put in place to make steel are rooted in designs everywhere. US steel is not metrically sized. Sorry. All the other nations have now learned to speak English because the USA is the largest market. We don’t need to change as we have the largest economy. It ends there. I can convert back and forth without issue. Deal with it. Otherwise stop buying Coke and speaking English.

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By: Raymond Ramirez http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1174157 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:38:53 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1174157 I live in Puerto Rico which was a Spanish colony from 1493 to 1898. Now as a U.S. territory for almost 120 years, we have a mixture of both systems. Our distances and highway exit markers are in KM, and we sell gasoline and other fluids in liters, yet we buy cars based on MPG. We can buy in both kg and pounds, and also use both grams and ounces. So we have a mixture of systems and many residents are confused for the mix. As an engineer, I was trained in both systems, so I can mentally calculate between them. But I expect the U.S> to lead and convert to the worldwide Metric so we can also go back to the Metric system we used before.

BTW, there is a “metric ton”, which is equal to one thousand kg or one million grams, or correctly one megagram. That does sound better than tons.

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By: Christian http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1172520 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:25:18 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1172520 Miramar (bruma) uses it’s own measurement system. And I think Belize also uses the imperial system

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By: John http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1171840 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:01:41 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1171840 I think you should set a reminder every four years to update your comment on the government…

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By: LER http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1171305 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:57:44 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1171305 The best argument I have seen for conversion to metric is that it is standardized, a meter is a meter everywhere, whereas the Imperial system (or whatever it is called in each country that uses it) varies from country to country, e.g., a pound is not the same eveywhere. Any US company doing business internationally must be fluent in both systems and be comfortable buying goods in one system and selling in the other, which is a great opportunity for mistakes. Ever hear of the Mars Surveyor Orbiter? That one mistake in units cost us a cool $300,000,000. Having been taught the US system in elementary school I had to learn the metric system later to work in scientific research. Unfortunately, that has meant that I default to each system depending on use and memorized the conversion factors (1 lb = 453.54 g, 1 in = 2.54 cm etc.). That was a real pain before calculators!

Unfortunately, this thread is an example of a greater problem we now have, thanks, in a large part to the internet. We no longer treat each other with respect, and seem to no longer be able to carry on a civil conversation or able to agree to disagree without becoming vulgar or vile.

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By: patsy http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1169388 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:38:00 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1169388 In the US we have the freedom of choice to measure any way we please. If you don’t like the US system, stay the fuck out of this country. The last thing we need here is more godless british and european trash. Even in Canada the metric system has been an ultimate failure. Don’t believe me?? Go to ANY store in canada, ALL of the food is advertised by the POUND with kg in very small print. Ask any canadian how tall he is or how much he weighs, and they will ALWAYS tell you in lbs and feet and inches. NEVER in metric. I’ve yet to meet any canadian who weighs themself by the kg. They would drive in miles and buy gas by the gallon, but it would be cost prohibitive to switch back, it was horrendously expensive to switch to the metric system there. Canadians still QUOTE distance in miles and feet and inches. As i said before if you don’t like the way we measure in america then stay the fuck out. WE WILL NOT BE DICTATED TO AS TO HOW TO MEASURE ANYTHING. Remember we are the superpower of the world and the world’s policeman, so your metric system doesn’t mean fuck all to us. We don’t want it or like it. A few socialist americans want to go to metric, but 99% of us will NEVER use it

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By: John G http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/08/13/countries-that-dont-use-the-metric-system/#comment-1169371 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 01:08:34 +0000 http://www.joeydevilla.com/?p=7493#comment-1169371 @theacademic a simple Google search proves the US invented the internet. Your Brit at Cern only invented http.

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