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Repost , but it's been a while

Repost , but it's been a while. Hope I don't receive many negatives.. USA developed World and former British Empire in parts inconsistent. traditionalist consis

Hope I don't receive many negatives.

USA developed World
and former British Empire in parts
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User avatar #5 - Bouncer (06/29/2013) [-]
No one in the US thinks of numbers as 1000 to some power.
#185 to #5 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
agreed, we all use the same numbers a trillion to us is the same trillion as those in europe
User avatar #69 to #5 - daragon ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
I think you're missing the point.
User avatar #198 to #69 - xenophaigus (06/30/2013) [-]
And what point would that be, exactly?
#240 to #198 - yunouppercase (06/30/2013) [-]
so, i would say that the 'bi' in 'billion' for example, stands for 2, but a million by the power of two is not an  billion, but a  trillion in the US.   
   
in the other countries, the name of the number explains the power of the million.   
   
can you brain?
so, i would say that the 'bi' in 'billion' for example, stands for 2, but a million by the power of two is not an billion, but a trillion in the US.

in the other countries, the name of the number explains the power of the million.

can you brain?
User avatar #289 to #240 - traelos (06/30/2013) [-]
It's because it's the second "illion".

This isn't terribly complicated.

While we're at it, the average temperature for most countries that use Fahrenheit ranges from 0-100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also, my foot is about a foot, the distance between the knuckle and tip of my thumb is about an inch, one full stride is almost perfectly a yard and month-day-year is still better than day-month-year, as it has a larger first bit, although the best by far is year-month-day.

When measuring pieces of a part in feet it can be evenly divided by 2, 3, 4, or 6 as opposed to only 2 or 5 in metric

Turns out imperial is still best for any non-scientific calculations.

Except liquids, the only liquid imperial does right is the cup but that doesn't really matter since you very seldom do roughneck liquid calculations
#18 - Rascal (06/29/2013) [-]
I'm in Britain. We drink Pints down at the pub, also buy our milk traditionally in pints. We enjoy steaks measured in ounces, we drive using miles, typically measure floor space in buildings in square feet, measure land in acres, often use feet for height, stones/ounces for weighing ourselves, few people I know use the 'developed' number scale for millions, compare babies weights in pounds and ounces, our fuel usage is typically given as a mile per gallon.

Whilst UK officially uses metric in all the paper records of everything, and it's a legal requirement to print the metric equivalent on all this **** , we are still very much an imperial-using place.
User avatar #60 to #18 - keiishiyama (06/30/2013) [-]
What is a stone? I saw some guy say, "I'm at least 14 stone" and had my train of thought crash.
User avatar #104 to #60 - vigilum ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
6.35 kilogram.
User avatar #136 to #104 - keiishiyama (06/30/2013) [-]
No, I mean in pounds. That's about 12 or 13, right?
User avatar #299 to #136 - vigilum ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
14
Google is my friend.
#171 to #136 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
13.9994 pounds
#3 - dashgamer (06/29/2013) [-]
It's not my fault that my country's education system raised me on those dumbass units of measurement, but I still use metric for everything I do.
#266 to #3 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
Thats odd... I live in the bay area and we use metric for everything... o.o
#12 to #3 - secretasianmantwo (06/29/2013) [-]
Have some pride in your home, swine.
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#282 to #94 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
Unless you live in North Korea.
#83 - jakatackka (06/30/2013) [-]
You do have a point with the measurements, they are pretty wonky. Like Fahrenheit, though, they were centered around useful quantities, not what makes numeric sense - for instance, the foot was the length of a man's foot or shoe, and back then, people were more likely to have a foot with them than a meterstick.

12 months, 28+ days, 2000+ years. It makes equal sense - they sort by time, we sort by quantity.

Fahrenheit is more useful for everyday life - anything above 50*C is completely irrelevant. They're both centered around the freezing and boiling points of water, except Fahrenheit is offset to more accurately represent the temperatures that are relevant to people. One is great for science, one is great for everything else in life.

I completely and utterly fail to see how powers of 1,000 is inferior to powers of 1,000,000. I mean really, of all the criticisms, this one is ridiculous.
User avatar #160 to #83 - makegr (06/30/2013) [-]
I just want opinions, there is no need to be rude.
#165 to #160 - jakatackka (06/30/2013) [-]
That's fair, but you chose a post that isn't the least bit critical of you - only the ideas you presented.
User avatar #197 to #165 - makegr (06/30/2013) [-]
You see, I'm not trying to make people rage, I'm trying to discover the pros and contras of every system. Knowledge , just knowledge, please, I don't want more people complaining about how stupid I am.
User avatar #191 to #83 - basicargentinian (06/30/2013) [-]
I agree about the farenheit one, for "street" use it's much better, and Celcius is kind of rendered useless by Kelvin.

But you call the power of 1000^3 a (Bi)llion bi = 2 not equals 3.

Days in a month, months in a year -> DD MM YY (makes more sense)
User avatar #30 - allamericandude (06/29/2013) [-]
I can understand the metric/imperial debate, but the date thing is completely unnecessary. They represent the exact same information, it's just written in a different order. It's a simple convention, that's it--like driving on the right side of the road or calling it "soda" instead of "pop". There is literally no reason to get all ********** about it. But people will anyway.

As for the order of magnitude thing: I've heard people associate the different systems with both Europe and America. To me, one billion has always been 10^9. But in a scientific environment, people typically write big numbers exponentially, like 10^9, so language doesn't matter anyway.
User avatar #45 to #30 - rainbowtacos (06/29/2013) [-]
I'm pretty sure the difference in orders of magnitude isn't an imperial vs metric thing, so I don't know why it was included,
User avatar #47 to #45 - churrundo (06/29/2013) [-]
because it's ranting not at the imperial measurement, but at the way americans do stuff.
#113 to #30 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
This isn't to say that it even bothers me but I don't really see your counter-arguement for the date thing. Driving on the left or right side of the road would be more comparable to recording the date from large units to small, or vice versa. Logically speaking, it doesn't really make sense.
But I can appreciate that it doesn't really matter.
#187 to #30 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
vey well. But if a girl you date was born on 07-05-08, how do you know if she's legal or not?
#223 to #30 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
Look, OBVIOUSLY you would want to name the day before the month, and the month before the year. It's in order of size. A day is smaller than a month, which is smaller than a year.

User avatar #56 to #30 - landartheconqueror (06/29/2013) [-]
02/03/04

what date is this? that is why the order of date is irritating.
User avatar #100 to #56 - landartheconqueror (06/30/2013) [-]
i have started some ****
User avatar #108 to #100 - allamericandude (06/30/2013) [-]
Indeed you have.
User avatar #65 to #56 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
Well in the US we write it like we say it. We might say, "Today is June 29th." Thus 6/29/13
#276 to #65 - firesky (06/30/2013) [-]
You can also say the 29th of June.

In German you always say the day before the month.
But contrary to the units I don't think it's a big deal. It's just annoying you always have to think about which date is meant when receiving a message from another country
User avatar #68 to #65 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
And... Why would you use that when the rest of the world writes it the other way around...?
User avatar #214 to #68 - ilovehitler (06/30/2013) [-]
Because it makes the most logical sense for it to have been that way.
America was largely composed of farmers when it started, so the dating system we use would make the most sense. Most importance to least importance.
A farmer would need to know the month first, because crops and **** . Days are less important, and years almost pointless.

We haven't changed because it's become what we're used to, a tradition of sorts. And, frankly, we have no reason to change. If you're in a situation where exactness of a date between nations is important, you might as well write it as something like "June 13, 2059" to aid clarity.
User avatar #309 to #214 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
Thank you for being the only person here to actually try and change my opinion with a real reason.
However I do not agree with you, and if you wonder why you can read the rest of my comments...
User avatar #312 to #309 - ilovehitler (06/30/2013) [-]
Your reasoning is sound enough.
I suppose I'll have to consider my opinion this matter soon enough and decide which stance to adopt, or possibly keep.
User avatar #314 to #312 - ilovehitler (06/30/2013) [-]
Also, since I think I came off rather sarcastic, I really wasn't being so.
I like to, when faced with logical reasoning, consider my own points and beliefs and their validity.
User avatar #70 to #68 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
Because it makes sense to write it the way we say it, I suppose.
User avatar #71 to #70 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
Makes about as much sense as the way we do it.
Although considering nobody else does it, there is no legitimate reason to do it the american way.
User avatar #72 to #71 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
With that argument there is no legitimate way of doing it anyway. American's can identify it as the way we write and everyone else around the world recognizes it the way they write it. No harm, no foul
User avatar #73 to #72 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
But imagine how much easier it would be if you also started using the real system.

You'd say 03/04/13 And I'd know you meant April 3rd and not March 4th.
User avatar #176 to #73 - WtfStrawberries (06/30/2013) [-]
"the real system"
Just because it's yours, doesn't make other peoples fake.
It wouldn't be easier, saying that statement could be used both ways.
It could be easier if we all used the same system of saying dates. Either doesnt really matter, it could be europes or america's, neither one is wrong, just different. doesnt mean one is real or not.
That way of stating things as you do, makes you sound ignorant.
People who are close minded tend to frustrate other people, like crystalmethod. You ignored what he said, and then provided a ****** counterargument with so many flaws that you couldnt even see yourself. Saying "because nobody else does it, means they shouldnt do it" isn't really even an argument at all.
User avatar #307 to #176 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
It would be easier, if the one single country using another system would change for the good of others. You americans seem to take so much pride in your "durrrr freeedom eagles mcdonalds"-culture that you can't even begin to question things that are obviously flawed.
User avatar #344 to #307 - manyourefugly (06/30/2013) [-]
Why would you even say that, were you even asking for a rational reasoning. See it as this, just because a majority of people do something doesn't mean the minority is asinine wrong. We have a difference in what we think is relevant like how military writes Year/Month/Day, U.S uses Month/Day/Year, and others use Day/Month/Year. But like one of the previous comments it's like a tradition, what if someone said I don't like your tradition what you do you need to change because it doesn't benefit us and will make our life easier with no extreme benefit to you. ( It's also like saying ''You better eat that ******* chocolate chip cookie 'cause everyone else is!'' when you really don't like them and would prefer to eat a sugar cookie.)
User avatar #350 to #344 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
You miss the point; when there is no downside to using the system that everyone else is using, you have a reason to switch to the more widely used one, but no reason to stick with the one you have.
User avatar #353 to #350 - manyourefugly (06/30/2013) [-]
Well it's a lot harder than what you make it out to be, I wasn't saying you were wrong. Though it depends on how well you're taught what state you live in ect., many people write it in every manner. But what gets me is when someone writes 9/12 are you saying september 2012, december 2009, september 12th, or are you saying the 9th of december. I need all the numbers. (but that previous comment really hit a soft spot even though I don't fall into that generalization)
User avatar #74 to #73 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
Why do you care how one country writes it as opposed to most, if not all, other countries do? I agree that some systems should have been utilized here, like the metric system, but let it go. I can't correct it myself
User avatar #75 to #74 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
Don't you find it stimulating to debate current issues?
User avatar #76 to #75 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
I find it irritating to debate about topics when people can't even see it from another's point of view. Otherwise, yes
User avatar #77 to #76 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
Well since you haven't provided me any solid reasons for your point of view, I can assume you did not see it from mine.
User avatar #78 to #77 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
I did present a reason, ******** . And it makes sense how everyone else does it too. What aren't you getting?
User avatar #79 to #78 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
Please present your reason again then, and without resorting to insults like a 12-year old on Xbox Live.
User avatar #80 to #79 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
As already stated, "Well in the US we write it like we say it. We might say, 'Today is June 29th.' Thus 6/29/13." And swearing doesn't make someone childish.
User avatar #81 to #80 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
Resorting to insults when proven wrong does.
User avatar #144 to #81 - vicsix (06/30/2013) [-]
When you're being a dick blister, insults are absolutely required. He's not wrong and you're not proving him wrong, just being an insipid cunt.
User avatar #308 to #144 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
I assume you too have lived your entire life on Xbox Live learning the curse words of other 12-year olds?
Try adding something to the conversation next time, instead of just going "Yeah, what he said!"
User avatar #354 to #308 - vicsix (06/30/2013) [-]
I don't own an xbox, and you are being a complete cunt. The way it is set up is MMDDYY because it goes: 12/30/9999 raising in amount each time.
User avatar #82 to #81 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
There's nothing to prove wrong. You annoy me and so I swear. Being polite over the internet is in itself a way to portray yourself as being superior when in reality we all know that is more than likely a lie.
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User avatar #84 to #82 - ost (06/30/2013) [-]
ur mom fgt
User avatar #86 to #84 - crystalmethod (06/30/2013) [-]
Majestic, is it not?
User avatar #44 - galkawhm ONLINE (06/29/2013) [-]
In Fahrenheit.
0 = Very cold
100 = Very hot

In Celsius
0 = Chilly
100 = dead
User avatar #342 to #44 - didactus ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
Because a scale based on blood/ personal preference works great in science, Basing it on water (Celsius) since water is a universal substance since it is in all forms (gas,fluid,solid) Not plasma since that doesn't occur in nature.
#290 to #44 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
Freezing point of water to boiling point of water on an easily measured scale.

Don't hate on our science.
#55 to #44 - ventriloquist (06/29/2013) [-]
Farenheit is based off blood temperature. Celsius is ******* dumb too, why water temperature? Kelvin master race.
User avatar #188 to #55 - basicargentinian (06/30/2013) [-]
a) Kelvin master race absolutely

b) Water is kind of the "universal" substance for chemistry
#260 to #55 - iperson (06/30/2013) [-]
How is it outside?
About 70.
Ooh, sounds nice.
User avatar #347 to #55 - hjgamer (06/30/2013) [-]
Kelvin is for physics, not everyday use.
User avatar #143 - makedonski (06/30/2013) [-]
I don't know any Americans that know that it's 1760 yards to a mile.

It's obviously 5280 feet to a mile.
#161 to #143 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
what's half a mile?
#169 to #161 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
that seem odd
User avatar #167 to #161 - vicsix (06/30/2013) [-]
5280 ft / 2
User avatar #164 to #161 - makedonski (06/30/2013) [-]
8.8 football fields
#166 to #164 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
how long is a football field in miles?
User avatar #172 to #166 - makedonski (06/30/2013) [-]
Depends on how far back the linebacker is
User avatar #135 - MuffinMan (06/30/2013) [-]
"Developed world" : consistent & elegant
USA : WRONG

Just a bit biased, don't you think?
#162 to #135 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
well the metric system IS consistent, elegant is just subjective
User avatar #217 to #162 - ilovehitler (06/30/2013) [-]
Consistency is true, but the parts about calling the rest of the world besides the US developed and elegant, while the US is simply wrong is kinda douchey.
User avatar #57 - teevee (06/30/2013) [-]
i don't get the part at the bottom. it's not like Million or Billion mean different numbers in different places, right?
User avatar #150 to #57 - makegr (06/30/2013) [-]
It turns out that in the United States, in its numerical scale, a trillion is a thousand million (in Europe would call the billion) and not a million million as in Europe and the rest of the world.

Exactly what does the trillion, which the United States is equivalent to a million million (which in Europe would be the billion), while in Europe and the rest of the world, equal to one European billion's million.

Pretty hard to explain.
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#97 to #88 - acerose (06/30/2013) [-]
So out of curiosity, what is 1.000.000.000.000 in the rest of the world?
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#186 - teamrocketninja (06/30/2013) [-]
I find your lack of faith in the Imperial system disturbing.
#175 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
i dun think americans are smart cause they dont do what i do
#177 - datacetone (06/30/2013) [-]
Engineering major here:

Yes, measurements are important for 99% of practical problems. While converting between distances for Imperial and Metric are not so bad by themselves, when density or force or other variables introduced, metric shines.

Not to say that the Imperial system is worthless, it's just not as fluid. I would compare it to using a manual car versus an automatic. You can still get to the same place, it just takes a bit more effort and concentration not to mess up while shifting gears.
#178 to #177 - cobrafan (06/30/2013) [-]
great analogy. I remember in a physics class that I took, we always dreaded when a problem included British Thermal Units...
User avatar #153 - snaresinger (06/30/2013) [-]
All I'm coming away from this wondering is if a billion means something else in Britain (not really, but I'm quite confused). Aren't numbers a world standard? I don't understand what the **** the bottom bit means.
User avatar #193 to #153 - wiwaaaa (06/30/2013) [-]
The term "Billion" used to mean 1,000,000,000,000. Then it became custom in America to use it to mean 1,000,000,000, which is called a milliard by the rest of the world.
The non-American way makes more sense to me, since "bi" means two and the non-American billion is a million squared.
It's not that important though.
User avatar #201 to #193 - makegr (06/30/2013) [-]
You explained it well, more people like you (Explaining the way you did) would be a benefit for the world...
User avatar #203 to #201 - wiwaaaa (06/30/2013) [-]
I don't see the point in being a condescending elitist dick about unimportant **** like this. Anyone who things they're better than others because they get their beer in half-litres instead of pints needs a dickslap.
User avatar #205 to #203 - makegr (06/30/2013) [-]
Well, would you prefer to be arguing about politics, or the childs in Africa? We're learning by the comments of the people, and that's a benefit, you know...
User avatar #209 to #205 - wiwaaaa (06/30/2013) [-]
I'd rather not argue at all. Most issues aren't worth arguing about, because arguments very rarely make any difference. It's reasoned discussions where people, even if they don't agree, listen and are prepared to compromise with each other, that matter.
#163 to #153 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
stick to what you know on that dude, trust me
User avatar #133 - fredthemilkman (06/30/2013) [-]
"USA vs. Developed World"
What are you implying, OP?
User avatar #158 to #133 - makegr (06/30/2013) [-]
As I said is a repost, I posted it to see people's opinion and analys the pros and cont. of every system.
#61 - lordraine (06/30/2013) [-]
I stopped reading when you said that a different way of accomplishing the exact same thing (counting and measuring) is "wrong."

Yeah, no. Go **** yourself in the manner most frequently used by everyone else who ***** themselves. You'll get off to it, I'm sure.
#138 to #61 - makegr (06/30/2013) [-]
I just uploaded a picture for general knowledge, and you tell me to 			****		 myself....Excuse me? Did I create the picture? You should respect a bit more, buddy, because I did not want to cause troubles.
I just uploaded a picture for general knowledge, and you tell me to **** myself....Excuse me? Did I create the picture? You should respect a bit more, buddy, because I did not want to cause troubles.
#23 - failtolawl (06/29/2013) [-]
I can agree with everything here besides the month/day thing. here is a nifty diagram.
User avatar #195 to #23 - basicargentinian (06/30/2013) [-]
Days in a Month
Months in a Year.

If there are 5 sets, each with 6 to 8 units in them you wouldn't say "of the 4th set, the 5th unit". You'd say the "5th unit of the 4th set".
#216 to #23 - thumbsalad (06/30/2013) [-]
How is a day, in any form, longer than a month?
How is a day, in any form, longer than a month?
User avatar #219 to #216 - ilovehitler (06/30/2013) [-]
there are more days in a month than there are months in a year.
#238 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
What if the US did this in attempt to stay well-practiced at Math?
#54 - rakaka ONLINE (06/29/2013) [-]
HEY GUYS LETS MAKE FUN OF ANOTHER COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY USE DIFFERENT DIFFERENT FORMS OF MEASUREMENT

BECAUSE DIVERSITY IS EVIL AND EVERY COUNTRY SHOULD BE EXACTLY THE SAME
#348 to #54 - hjgamer (06/30/2013) [-]
>murica   
>country
>murica
>country
User avatar #243 to #54 - yunouppercase (06/30/2013) [-]
YOUR A FAGGET
User avatar #295 to #54 - poiklman (06/30/2013) [-]
There's a difference between being diverse, and being stupid. The US is easy picking for totally unjustified rules and conventions.
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User avatar #106 to #90 - rakaka ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
point your eyeball receptors to the top of the content my good man
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#122 to #119 - rakaka ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
and once you have completed that action please refer to pic and follow the instructions therein
and once you have completed that action please refer to pic and follow the instructions therein
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User avatar #134 to #124 - rakaka ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
yeah but that wasn't the point in my comment
#98 - verycoolcat (06/30/2013) [-]
0F= A very cold day
100F = A very warm day

0C= A cold day
100C= Dead

0K= Dead
100K = Dead

Celsius and Kelvin are best used to measure temperatures in a scientific matter rather than ambient air.

User avatar #28 - howunexpected (06/29/2013) [-]
I fail to see how the "wrong" part comes into play?
Besides the fact the any country in the world can do as they ******* please, thank you sir, the imperial system is almost never used just by itself in the US anymore. Perhaps its the large amount of mertic-using people from Canada and Mexico, or perhaps its the rise of multi-national companies selling the same products in multiple countires. Whatever the cause, I've noticed the Americans using more and more of the metric system. Its integrated into our schools, its displayed on almost anything that shows measurement. They use farenheit because it is more specific in the temeprture sensitivity of the human body. But celsius is also displayed on weather forecasts.
Hell, I had no trouble when I moved from the metric-based country of Germany. Cars have km/h on their speedometers, the gas stations can change from gallons to lieters if you press the right button.
#174 to #28 - Rascal (06/30/2013) [-]
the "wrong" part is just to piss-off the 'murcans
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