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# Question to the Americans here.. Just out of interest. How many of you know the metric system? I feel like as a dev you need to know it to communicate with the rest of the world on the same level. But I meet so many Americans that have no clue how metric even works.. (as if it was less logical than imperial ๐) No offense, just truely curious..

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We learn it. The more scientific of us even use it. It's just not how measurements are listed here. Same reason so few of us know a second language; if you never get to use it, it has limited value.

Updating everything would cost corporate superperson blood, so we keep pound feeting our torque and declaring how many fahrenheits it takes to make us consume a cup or gallon of water.

Look on the bright side though: we never adopted stones as a measure of weight.๐
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Not american, but like I rarely use meters while communicating with others.
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@SortOfTested oi mate that’s because you got no loicense for that stones
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Yeah get on it guys. The switch might fundamentally cost you a millionty billionty dollars over the course of two generations, but come on pretty please?
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@SortOfTested pretty much nailed it. I know it, but almost nothing here is measured with it unless we're talking engine displacement (oddly enough I don't get cubic inches at all though older American car engines are measured that way).
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@SortOfTested stones.. right..
Nobody likes the brits.. except for the brits๐คญ

Ok so if you do some kind of higher education in the US then you learn to use metric?

I think they should just teach both systems.. within 2 generations you could get rid of imperial and everyone would speak the same language๐
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@just8littleBit
Would be a theory, if it wasn't mandatory in high school. Physics and chemistry are all metric, and mandatory.
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@SortOfTested I pity the American students who need a constant even for something so fundamental as Newtons. Although, considering how Imperial works, they probably absolutely love constants.
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@Lor-inc
Physics textbooks are in SI. It's not really a problem.
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@Lor-inc Imperial units aren't really used in science classes at all, especially in high school, so there's no need to memorize any conversion constants. You do a bunch of unit conversions in early math classes but once you're in high school you always use SI.

I can't remember the last time I had to do any SI/Imperial conversions. The domains where you use either system are so separate and distinct that you never really need to cross between them.
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@SortOfTested literally said it for all of us