Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Nations who have not yet adopted the metric system

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get with it Yankies!

Jonathan said...

I'm sure more countries than that use the American system. Japan maybe? Don't the English sometimes weigh things in pounds... or stones, an even less common system of measurement? I find this map unconvincing. I live in Thailand, shown on this map as yet to use the metric system. Everythng here is measured in kilograms and kilometers.

Jonathan said...

Oops! After a close look at the map... that's Burma/Myanmar, not Thailand. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

The rest of the world better get busy adopting the 12-inch foot and 16 oz pound. Kilo-x is for wusses. hehehe

Just kidding, I am an engineer in TX doing international work. The metric system is much easier and robust.

After the older generation of people primarily educated using US units retires, the metric system should become more accepted.

Anonymous said...

The Imperial units or the Imperial system is a collection of English units, first defined in the Weights and Measures Act of 1824, later refined (until 1959) and reduced. The units were introduced in the United Kingdom and its colonies, including Commonwealth countries (though most Commonwealth countries are officially metric), but excluding the then already independent United States. Systems of Imperial units are sometimes referred to as foot-pound-second, after the base units of length, mass and time.

The UK has moved forward with the rest of the world America ..come on and they call us old fashioned..

Anonymous said...

As a lapsed American engineer, I can tell you that everything is done in metric in the US. At least in the science world.

Isiah said...

a unit is arbitary people! what diference does it make if its a mile or kilometer its still a unit of distance. If we wanted to be fully consistent we would embrace metric time. Or standardize months. The conversions between the two systems are prety easy to do. Just becuase its new doesnt mean its better. Besides its is our heritage. We use 12 a lot in other things besides the foot. Time, juries, months of the year, etc.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone fact check these posts?

"America adopted the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act in 1988. This legislation amended the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 and designates the metric system as the Preferred system of weights and measures for United States trade and commerce."

themalcolm said...

HaHaHa: "a unit is arbitary people". It is true that a unit of measurement is arbitrary, but the structure that that unit is put in is not arbitrary. Creating a structure using a factor of base-10 is so much more intuitive such as found in the metric system.

Tim Zim said...

The UK should be shown in pink!

We buy petrol by the Litre, but all the speeds are in Miles per hour.

We buy milk by the litre but beer by the pint.

etc.