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Quick! While the US government is shut down, let's all switch everything to metric!

Duke 8 Jan 20
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Yes!! Please, let us go metric...it's time!

I'm helping to create an app for my company for all of us employees to use globally and one of the biggest time and money sinks is trying to work out the units. Most of our company uses metric. The poor Canadians though are really screwed up since they are located so close to us in the US...they use US units in the field (due to using US construction equipment) but have to convert everything once they get back to the office into metric for the reports. We also, in the US, generally use metric for specialized scientific measuring equipment. Trying to make the app work for everyone has been hard to do mostly due to units.

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Great idea!

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Great idea!

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What! You mean an ounce of prevention will no longer equal a pound of cure?

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Best idea ever!

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Whilst your at it, you should update your stone age currency notes.

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Great idea. And let's change all of the names in the White House letter boxes.

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Do it!! You'll never want to go back!! I HATE dealing with Fahrenheit when talking about temperature with my American friends, un-intuitive as all hell.

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Does this government shut down mean we can fly flags with a big red A at court houses and post offices?

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Um... but isn't there - like four different metric standards? A 10mm bolt from a Volkswagen won't fit on a 10mm nut on a Toyota.

No direct experience; just what I've been told.

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Yeah, I'll have a liter of cola:

@Duke It's a good one. I enjoy it a lot. 🙂

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I worked for the US Dept. of Agriculture as an engineer. In the years just before Reagan became president, we (the government) had started to convert to metric. As engineers, thought it was a great idea, and would put scientific research papers on the same system. Then it was stopped when little Ronnie got in. The distillery types (whiskey, etc.) did switch over to liters, as they saw a way to make the bottle a little smaller, but charge the same price.

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Cool, and while at it can you guys start driving on the other side of the road so if I visit I won't make mistakes, and maybe reinstate the letter "U" back in words where it belongs and teach the kids how to pronounce "Z". All in jest of course, but really confuses me, I grew up with sterling currency and imperial measures, yet they are not the same as US Imperial, and here most of our states have different rail gauges. So I never know for sure how many firkins in a hogshead. Why does it have to be do hard? I think the answer is "politics".

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I can only imagine the confusion if everything were converted overnight. It would be hilarious to see people losing their minds over it. 😀

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YESSSS!!!

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Great idea!

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