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# Thread: Metric vs. other measurement systems - chart

1. Originally Posted by marksbug
so..what if the father of math,metrick math had lost 2 fingers?
He would have been able to only count to nine...

2. Originally Posted by rgsparber
I agree that the base distance is not important. It is all about the multipliers to get to larger and smaller distances. The choice is, for example, 5280 versus 1000.

Quick, how many feet in 3.5 miles?

OK, how many meters in 3.5 KM?

Rick
Bingo.

The greatest facility Metric gives you is ease of calculation.

Good old dividers were used in times past hence we have 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 and dividers are getting kind of useless.

But it worked for what it was meant for.

I use both. Grew up with both.

There are 3 countries officially inches in the world. America is the largest. Lest I say more.

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4. Good News.
Divider use, not common as the in past, still depended on in navigation, sheetmetal work [including rivet fans], all kinds of layout geometry, even pipeliners use a version suited to drawing on the curve of pipe.

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7. so..how many cubic millimeaters is road island??
I wasent aware that inches is the official american mesurement...how can that be??so why are my american cars metrick?I alsent aware that i have to stop deviding metric...I thought 16 mm divided by 2 was 8 mm...I must be missing something... I think that it may just be a week brain that cant seem to make either or both work. do i have to get permission from the math gods to replace the tiny metric lifters in my ac vw engine with big jessell 7/8" roller lifters?? will the earth spin off it's axsess??? is the earth flat when measured with the metric system?? what about the moon?? it is cheddar in inches and swiss cheezze in the metrick system??**** I better go back to school, this new math is really centrifuging me. sorry for the spelling part it is is now in metric.

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9. a milimeater is a White Castle burger

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11. Here's a measurement many have used...

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13. Originally Posted by IntheGroove
Here's a measurement many have used...
All too often proceeded by heavily labor intensive sessions via filing on a lathe.

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15. I worked at a aero space& prototype shop....after a few months you realize just how stupid some engineers are...and yes some tolerances can be hard o obtain..you need a neek to do it most of the time.

16. Asteroid that is "twice the size of Taj Mahal". This one slightly redeems itself by accompanying it with actual measurements.

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