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bad hammy wrote:tafnut wrote:Dear Daisy and Mark,
You live in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA now, dudes - deal with it!!
Yeah, you Brits got us going on the inch/foot/mile thing in the first place. Then you capitulate to your European peers and go metric. Then you move over here and complain when we hold to the time-honored tradition. Sheesh!!
In our defense, all we are asking for is a bracket with the metric equivalent. Since everything in T&F is measured and reported in metric, it does not seem too much to ask to have the metric version retained. It's not trash to all of us.
tandfman wrote:bad hammy wrote:Hey, it was the feet and inch crowd that got us to the moon, Mars and beyond.
Do you think those guys work in feet and inches when they're designing space vehicles? I really don't know, but I somehow doubt it.
tandfman is correct. U.S. scientists all use metric. That is another reason why, despite living in the U.S., I am still surrounded by metric. It's a classic case of the ivory tower syndrome. Back to NASA, you have to feel sorry for them. The reason the mars probe crashed was because their contractors were using imperial, whereas NASA was using metric. Somewhere along the line there was an incorrect conversion and the whole project failed. It may exercise the brain to make all these conversions but inevitably errors slip in along the way.