But seriously we really need the metric system in America
@Fimbulwinter, as a European, I thoroughly agree. I just can't understand what's bigger than an inch.. a yard maybe? How do you do little things without millimetres? So many questions.
@Fantabulous Toaster, we use fractions of inches which I don't understand so don't ask. And we have feet before yards. 1 yard = 3 feet = 36 inches.
@Fimbulwinter, I work on a German press (in America), so everything is metric anyways.
@Fantabulous Toaster, centimeters
@Fantabulous Toaster, oh and a foot is 12 inches a yard is 3 feet
@Fantabulous Toaster, Converting between metric and imperial is hell too. We have to convert often in high school science classes instead of just keeping it metric and simple.
@XxKillrWolfxX, this is like trying to work out wizarding money! (29 Knuts to a Sickle, 16 Sickles to a Galleon if you're interested)
@Fantabulous Toaster, you lost me lol
@Mine Turtle, hrm. Fractions seems awfully complex to me (I do know how to do them, I just wouldn't fancy having to do them every day). Wait.. does that mean you learn area in schools with inches?!?!
@Fantabulous Toaster, we learn it using square feet for houses and stuff. For the most pet we use Acres for big plots of land and I don't know how that converts.
@Mine Turtle, we have acres too in England and honestly I'm not sure either. I've never had to go on a house viewing with a garden big enough to use 'acres'.
@Fantabulous Toaster, I mostly see it for houses in the country with land. Our measurement system doesn't make sense to me. It's made for like bakers and chefs. Fractions help them I guess.
@Mine Turtle, Hrm... fair enough. I understand ounces well enough, I suppose, since most of the recipes I use require them, and I far prefer using them to make a simple cake- 4oz of everything! 😃. So I suppose for bakers it'd be good- but finding 8" tins really irritates me.
@Fantabulous Toaster, as a Canadian, everything is frustrating. We use the metric system for about 90% of all measurements. But for height, weight, and sandwhich lengths, we use Imperial.
Have you ever had to resort to measuring something using imaginary footlong subway sandwiches?! It's annoying af, I can tell you that!
@I Are Lebo, LOL! Fun fact: Footlongs are 11"! And one of the only things I can stand being measured in inches, since it's part of the novelty. 30cmlong just doesn't have the same ring to it, y'know?
@Fimbulwinter, hell, converting from one imperial unit to another is hell...
@Fimbulwinter, given that the US Virgin Islands drive on the left, they seem like the most likely candidate to convert...
@Fimbulwinter, nooo we don't. I like using it along side the regular measurements, but let's not standardize it
@Fimbulwinter, i agree but a little fun fact most all commercial and military planes use imperial units (i.e. A British plane would have altitude in feet not meters) to keep it standardized. Its its imperial units because the us was the first to standardize it
@Fantabulous Toaster, trust me you're correct but America is stupid there are reasons why I want to move to Canada
@Fimbulwinter, just remember, there are two types of countries in the world; those that use the metric system and those that have been to the moon
@Fantabulous Toaster, you can blame england for our system..there's is even worse with the imperial stuff.
@Fimbulwinter, next pic
@CapnJazz33, that was hilarious
@Fimbulwinter, I think we should definitely learn it at least because it's so much more commonly used. But we should still use what we have rather than trying to go through an entire Change and hoping people can cope and learn. The speed limit says 100km now *drives 100mph* and SOME ONE is going to try to use that excuse
@Fantabulous Toaster, the oil industry primarily uses imperial units, though. So many pieces of equipment, and they all have precise measurements recorded in feet. They go so far to call them engineering units. Nobody uses joules, it's all watts. I don't even want to know the equivalent to centipoise (primary unit of viscosity)
@The Big Hodge, I live in England (which is why I said European, they all use metric so ehh). True, sometimes they measure things in miles but as the younger generation start working up the jobs ladder they'll hopefully change it to km, and if you drive 100mph instead of 100kmph you'll be busted for speeding and called an idiot, most likely.
@Fantabulous Toaster, oh yeah I know. especially with all of the traffic cameras everywhere. it was funny seeing the average speed cameras on the motorways because people would pass you and then slow down behind you so that their average speed wasn't above what it should be in order to avoid tickets
@The Big Hodge, and then they got mad when the government suggested hidden speed cams, like they were 'cheating'. Uhh, if you don't break the law they don't matter? It's scary how many of us disliked it because we might get caught being stupid people.
@Fantabulous Toaster, that leads into due process, being able to plead and appeal a case, etc. And that's an entirely different debate of its own.
@MeanOldMathMan, true. Right now I'm sort of hoping for change (personally I'd vote to leave the EU if I was voting age, but that's another debate altogether) so it may be wishful thinking that common sense (read: "lazy yoofs not knowing their KingHenryVIII'sArms measurements! They want Metric!") goes through w/metric.
@Fantabulous Toaster, a kilogram, however is an actual object. There were blocks of iron used as a reference, and they stored them all separately. Each one is a slightly different weight, so they plan to do a ball of silicon with a precise number of atoms to fix this.
@MeanOldMathMan, I heard about that! The perfect kilogram, in Paris! But the copies are all slightly different, so a silicone blob sounds good.
@Fantabulous Toaster, similar problem happened with the meter, but that was resolved with the wavelength of hydrogen under certain radiation and conditions.
@MeanOldMathMan, hrm. Interesting! I suppose I never thought about how metres and kilos came to be, so knowing this is cool.
@Fantabulous Toaster, Celsius was originally Centigrade, so divide the temperatures between frozen and boiling water into 100 even sections. Fahrenheit was freezing point of saturated salt water and for 100, arbitrarily measured his own temperature.
@MeanOldMathMan, Hrm! This'll probably never be relevant in my Science class but it's still good to know. It's odd how I know that a yard is King Henry VIII's arm to shoulder length, but I didn't know about freezing saltwater...
@Fantabulous Toaster, everything has a reference point. If you figure it out, the whole system tends to make more sense. In engineering courses, it's important to learn that reference points are arbitrary and unimportant, as long as you know where they are, and you don't change them.
@MeanOldMathMan, That figures. Btw, do you think engineering is a good career choice? Everyone I know wants to do a range of things and I'd like an outside opinion. (Even if you don't do engineering, and are just interested!)
@Fantabulous Toaster, financially, it's a fantastic choice. It's hard though. You have to be able to pick apart all the important information, and look at things from new perspectives. A lot of processes are non-intuitive, and you get stuck rewriting the way you process information.
@MeanOldMathMan, ah, okay. Thank you!
@Fantabulous Toaster, also, you will learn new units. Things that you didn't think were important. And new constants. Remember pi? euler's number? Avogadro's number? That's the tip of the iceberg. You get Boltzmann's constant, Planck's constant, Stefan-Boltzmann's constant (different from other Boltzmann) and you get (read: "have") to learn all of them in both SI and imperial.
I always wondered how you would switch sides of the road from one country to another. Like crossing the border from a right side driving country to a left side driving country. Are there two bridges that cross over each other or something
@Sah3369, I've honestly never thought about this.
@Mine Turtle, and now you will go mad wuahahahahahaha
@Mine Turtle, this is unrelated but I typed the muahahaha and aauto correct suggest wish Shawshank like who the hell types that next to each other
@Sah3369, I already am and I'm too tired to look it up. It's 3 am.
@Mine Turtle, oh boy 3 am
@Sah3369, nope didn't check recently 4:30 I have an exam tomorrow I'm so screwed
@Sah3369, look up the Lotus Bridge it's really complex and confusing.
@Sah3369, maybe you have to.. uhh... idk... U-turn?! Maybe they have a crane and just pick you up like "boop, here ya go.."
@Sah3369, boop just autocorrected to ViPn??
@Sah3369, you should look up the transition bridges from Hong Kong to mainland China... Trippy...
@The Home Despot, that's the lotus bridge I was talking about by looking at it I don't understand at all
@Mine Turtle, my apologies, you beat me to it... And I agree, other than looking like a giant cøck & bālls, it's rather confusing...
@The Home Despot, what's funny is basically all the British colonies except the US drive like the British. Hong Kong, India, Etc.
@Mine Turtle, very true. And then there's even the oddball within the US, the Virgin Islands... Who drive on the left, and have more automobile accidents per capita than any other US jurisdiction...
@Sah3369, theres actually a picture that shows exactly that. And you are right
@Sah3369, they've had pictures of actual bridges doing that exact thing on this very app. Part of me thinks you said that for the likes and part of me thinks you just happened to have the same idea that others have had long ago by cool coincidence
@Sah3369, there is a picture someplace where I saw what they did. They basically have two giant, looping on-ramps that end on the opposite site of the road
@Sah3369, it was one of many things the colonies did to be different from england. Their hatred for the british was pretty hardcore, they changed everything they could to symbolize breaking off from them
@Sah3369, there's a video on YouTube about it. Check it out.
@Fantabulous Toaster, speaking of autocorrect, my phone always tries to change pc to Halloween...
@The Home Despot, it separates the two lanes into one ways that become streets it is complicated watch a video on it.
@Sah3369, yes. One bridge crosses over the other so when you cross the bridge the people driving on the right side end up driving on the left and people driving on the left side end up driving on the right. Google search "bridge changing lanes" and the first two images should show you what this looks like.
More people may do it, but it doesn't make it right
I remember I got into a big argument with some guy on here about this. And now I finally have a picture supporting me
Those other countries drive on the left because they were once ruled by Britain :/
Does China not drive on the left side? Then again, I was given this impression by Sleeping Dogs...
It stems from jousting in England... You would pass the 'horse' on your sword hand side.
@IQhunter, I know this reply is a whole year late, but I'm scrolling random so deal with it. It's actually a Roman thing, not English. We just never changed. Other than that you are spot on. It's to do with your sword hand. The switching to driving on the right stems from teamsters driving their horses from the back of the back left horse, and not the carriage. They swapped to the right of the road to afford the driver a better view
@Grimaldus, if it was a Roman thing, wouldn't Italy drive on the same side as England?. Why did they change?
@IQhunter, as I said, it's to do with the teamsters. There's a YouTube video on it on the 'today I found out' YouTube channel
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@another Aussie, Well the Japanese obey the road laws pretty well
@another Aussie, *laughs in Asian*
@Jake The Legend, *raughs