They promised me metric but failed to deliver

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    Is it the kings fault or the politicians? When I was growing up in the early 70’s they told me I had to learn something called the metric system because someday soon thats all we would use. My toolbox is twice the size it needs to be 50 years later. I guess it really doesn’t matter since my car is a 1970 model before the “change over to metric” was to take place. But I am just saying........on second thought.....

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    • Moparfeind

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      Not to mention...

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      • Photon440

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        The United States of America, Myanmar and Liberia have so much in common. :)
         
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          I think it's funny as hell that my digital verniers have an imperial readout in decimal.... WTF is 1.4923 inches anyway? :p

          Metric is much easier - all based on 10.....100's 1,000's etc. Much easier to calculate in your head.

          The only one I have trouble understanding is litres per 100 kilometres.
          I still think in terms of miles per gallon.... and our gallon is bigger :lol:
           
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          • DeltaV

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            We need to change our calendar to be 1,000 days per year.
             
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            • Big Bad Dad

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              WE grew up with the fractional system, and are used to it. I just have trouble visualizing things in metric. And another problem for me on construction jobs, is the civil guys and excavators working in 10ths of a foot instead of inches. I just got lost trying to switch over when site work is going on. I am good with feet and inches only.....
               
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                I work with 10ths of a foot everyday. Much easier than adding fractions of an inch
                 
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                Dang it DeltaV, now we’ll need metric time too! :lol:
                 
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                • 69 GTX

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                  I also remember them saying the O zone would be gone by the year 2000. That seemed like forever back in grade school.
                   
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                  • Ironbuilt

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                    What really pisses me off is when I am working on a vehicle and it's half SAE and half Metric.
                    Not to mention all the new tools that I had to buy in the early 90's.
                     
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                    • mopar_chuck

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                      Here in Canada, the metric system was adopted back in the early 70s. But even today, the standard system is still used fairly often. The first 8 years of my career, I worked as a machinist and it was very rare to ever come across a metric drawing or blueprint. All of the baby boomers (my parents) still speak in standard terms. Even to walk into a hardware store, none of the bolts are metric and rarely do you see a metric measuring tape.

                      Personally, I prefer standard units for practical use. But during my engineering studies, I was greatful that everything was in metric for calculations.... so much easier for that.
                       
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                      • 69 GTX

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                        I have a set of metric mics but I bet I've used them less than 5 times. I still convert everything to standard at work.
                         
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                          My 2000 Dakota is half metric.

                          Grrr.
                           
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                            Yeah I have a lot if mixed nuts and bolts that drives me more crazy than all of my tools. Its bad enough trying to figure out the thread pitch when I am looking for a nut or bolt but then I have to determine if its metric or imperial lol literally drives me nuts!
                             
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                                  Nowadays you need SAE and metric in your toolbox
                                   
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                                    Pointless discussion... if you grow up with the metrical sistem is what you get use to use, same with the " standar" system, same for temperature, now the calendar is a mix and match of names and how you measure days ( no body now's really what day is it since we start to count days randomly ) the hours are a sexagesimal system establish in Mesopotamia and so on and on, besides this is discussion we have before not one system is better than the others just are different that's It get over it.
                                     
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                                    • Big Bad Dad

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                                      The shadow is to his left. He is semi floating. Not standing on the ground when the pic was snapped.
                                       
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                                        You must be an excavator. Us carpenters like our inches and fractions....
                                         
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