Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Live - Cocoa, FL; Hunt - Mims, FL; Lk. Poincette, FL; Union, SC
Hold on to your American values as long as you can. The rest of the people on the PLANET use the metric system. That means 350 million Americans (~4.5% of total World population) are out of step with 7,150 Million (7.5 Billion total) inhabitants on the planet.
Not saying one or the other is right, or better, just that I have two tool boxes and know how to use both. One for the Foreign car (I used to have a '69 VW Bug - and it was FUN) and one for American.
My stash of odd nuts, bolts, washers, etc., is a mix of metric and American threaded parts. Nearly everything from China, and it is difficult to avoid "everything" from China while working to Buy American, everything from China, Japan, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, England, Canada, etc., everything other than US Made, is made with metric parts.
How you going to stop that flood? It is true that NASA Scientists lost a Mars Explorer Spacecraft when their engineers failed to make the correct conversion for velocity and the craft augared into the surface of that planet rather than decelerate to a survivable landing speed. Billions of US dollars were lost on that episode. Less dollars for Welfare I suppose...
It was true (not sure now as I am retired), that the US Army Corps of Engineers through Federal legislative mandate, were responsible for producing metric design and construction in the USA on a recurring basis. I participated in some of those metric designs. I've designed in metric for work that was to be constructed in Australia, Japan, throughout the Caribbean, and the United States. Considering the work force everywhere ELSE, metric is the Rule rather than the exception. Metric is a TOOL like our American system. but is unpopular here for various reasons.
It takes a little getting used. It soon becomes as simple and EASY as 12 inches to the foot, 3 feet to the yard, 5280 feet to the mile, etc.
We use conversions EVERY DAY. It is just that the American conversions are our "standard", so we're used to them, but no so throughout the remainder of the PLANET.