Not everyone here is from the U.S.
I know I've seen metric folders around the U.S. market, but so far, none have
turned up. Ah. Lufkin, LFK062CME . Among others.
"Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen." Ambrose Bierce, The
Out of all the people in the world we ( the US) have the majority of them that use
that old, antiquated english system.
Yet the problem is one of spatial reference. Let me explain :
How long is 3 1/2 inches ? I bet I would get a lot of answers, based upon peoples
experience. Such as, about the length
of my middle finger (no pun or sarcasm intended), the height of a tall shot glass,
etc. If would say how long is 89 mm,
then everyone would be stumped, though the two are pratically the same. Now there is
one reference that everyone should
know. How much is 2 liters of liquid ? Thanks to the cola industry we know that one.
Now tell me how many ounces that
is, you might not know (though some bright people might). My point is, we relate
measurements to our every day lives. If
we have not made the connection between millimeters and the length of your spoon,
then millimeters are foreign to us.
We have been taught, from early on, how to relate what we encounter in everyday life
with what system of measurement we
use. If we are taught, from early on, to use the metric system, we would be very
familiar with it. Instead we expect the
school system to teach this to the kids (abiet without the support of American
business and government). What do we
expect ? Miracles ?
/ END OF RANT
I will now go back to my 2 hp chainsaw with a 18" bar and fill it with 30 oz. of
gasoline so I can cut down a 12"
IIRC, back in the '70s they were going to teach metric and we were going to
change? Some of the highways signs had both metric/English measurements and
even the thermometers at the bank started giving Celsius. I think we got
there about 12% of the way and gave up.
I'm ready to change. Years ago I would have fought against it, but then I
was forced to think metric with imported machinery. Once you use it, you
never want to know if it should be a 29/32" wrench or a 7/8. You know the
17 mm is the right one.
I remember. I was teaching science/math in a rural highschool back then and
trying to integrate the metric system into the kids lives as required by the
current educational policy. I had a parent/teacher conference with one guy
and he didn't like my teaching metrics to his daughter. His idea was that
all the communist countries used the system and it was a communist plot( or
such.) He certainly wasn't aware that way back...IIRC Thomas Jefferson?
...tried to introduce a similar 'metric' system, however, congress accepted
the current metric system as usable in trade about 1866.
Yep, my folks even bought a car in the seventies where the KPH numbers
were larger than the MPH.
I don't think Big Brother warned us how much work the change would be,
so once it became a PITA, we gave up.
Well, for many of us who bounced back and forth from metric to Imperial, it
really wasn't much more than a slight nuisance. But it also provided zip,
diddly squat for benefits for Joe and Jane Sixpack, so there was no reason they
should tolerate even that.
"The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the
exercise of his mind." Jacques Barzun
I've got two and one with the little sliding brass ruler-ette on the end.
Got them at a flea market for a few dollars for use when I can't find my
metal tapes. Say, isn't that big, long pocket on the right leg of my
carpenters' pants built to hold those folding tapes?
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