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    There is a a bit more info on the NIST Website - I think the following is a particularly interesting fact and one that is not so widely appreciated;

    In 1893, metric standards, developed through international cooperation under the auspices of BIPM, were adopted as the fundamental standards for length and mass in the United States. Our customary measurements -- the foot, pound, quart, etc. -- have been defined in relation to the meter and the kilogram ever since.

    https://www.nist.gov/sites/default/f...tric/1136a.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasman2000 View Post
    There is a a bit more info on the NIST Website - I think the following is a particularly interesting fact and one that is not so widely appreciated;

    In 1893, metric standards, developed through international cooperation under the auspices of BIPM, were adopted as the fundamental standards for length and mass in the United States. Our customary measurements -- the foot, pound, quart, etc. -- have been defined in relation to the meter and the kilogram ever since.

    https://www.nist.gov/sites/default/f...tric/1136a.pdf
    Yes, this comes up all the time in metric/inferial discussions. It's often touted as proof that the USA adopted the metric system. It isn't of course, but inferial apologists aren't very logical. The USA has legalized the use of the metric system but has yet to make it the required system in everyday trade.

    It only makes sense to define inferial standards in terms of metric. Metric standards are thoroughly researched, readily reproducible (except for mass), and their relationships rigorously detailed. Establishing inferial standards to that level would be terribly expensive, not to mention exposing the illogical mess they comprise.
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    A rare clever measurement from a mainstream weather news report. Kinda dumb on its face, but this is probably much more helpful to most people than something like "15 mph winds".


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    Great, trash can speed units can join football fields for area and olympic swimming pools for volumes in the lexicon of units dumbed down for the ever dumber public.

    Other often heard dumbed down units include:

    height: Empire state buildings
    weight: elephants
    power: volts (they think "watt" is an interrogative)
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    When France switched to the meter in 1796, the government placed 16 of these metre displays around Paris.

    Fullsize image: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...r_fullsize.jpg


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    There are two types of countries, those who use the metric system and one who put a man on the moon!

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    The same country that crashed a probe because they used their measurement system and not metric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage11 View Post
    There are two types of countries, those who use the metric system and one who put a man on the moon!
    Obviously your nationalism is clouding your understanding of measurement systems. I recommend you read my treatise on the subject here...

    A glimmer of hope

    and pay special attention to the following paragraph...

    Another argument to avoid is the "we put a man on the moon using..." farce. Everything was built using the measurement system in force at the time. The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids using the cubit (and had problems with multiple, competing definitions) but that's not an argument for returning to their system. If you doubt me, try working a problem using Egyptian fractions. Building achievements are the product of the genius of their designers and fabricators, not the markings on their rulers, scales and buckets. The fact that you managed to build a corral for your dinosaur using the inferial* system is not a valid argument against the use of the metric system.
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    The approximate speed of light is 300,000 km/sec in the metric system or equivalently 1.8026 Mfurlongs/µfortnight in a variant system of imperial measurement.

    I now have two sets of tools, measuring instruments and fasteners.
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    If you can't make it precise make it adjustable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusty View Post
    ...equivalently 1.8026 Mfurlongs/µfortnight in a variant system of imperial measurement...
    Using the prefixes Mega and micro within a purported Imperial measuring system must be considered pure and evil heresy?

    Below is a spec sheet for an "All-English Oscilloscope", with the same revolting DECIMAL infiltration:

    Imperial tech spec sheet Oscilloscope Type 545 AE - Meccano Gallery

    -We don't need no steenkin' foreign commas or Brussels decimals - fractions will cover any man's needs forever!

    BTW: Remember that Arminius 2010 years ago, almost to the day, started out his victoriuos purge of Roman numerals!


    Just my 2 ha'pennies ( which equals 4 farthings or a penny, that obviously is written as "1 d.")

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