Is The United States Of America The Only Country . . .

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
February 21, 2008 2:26pm CST
that doesn't use the metric system? How's this for the most confused un-metric woman ever. My childhood school years were spent in the Netherlands. Yep, metric system. Moved to Australia when we still had inches, feet, yards, miles, ounces etc then around the 9th grade (if I remember correctly) we switched to the metric system. I think I was just getting the hang of it when "poof" we moved to the United States. Guess what? Yep, back to yards and feet. So, when visiting the US, how do you do with your measurements or if Americans go abroad, do you get confused?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Feb 08
I am old enough to remember when the UK was wholly imperial. We went decimal in 1971 when the cost of everything actually went up, but the money stayed the same. So a 1 penny sweet actually increased to 3 pennies, even though we still only had to spend a "new" penny to buy it. Anyway, the country that I found the most confusing was Canada. I filled my car up in gallons an then drove several kilometres to the US border where it all turned back into miles. I still cannot get my ahead around centimetres and metres and pounds and kilogrammes.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I forgot about the fact that once upon a time the UK was wholly imperial. That's sounds so royal . . . Imperial. And yes driving from Canada into the US could really slow you down. What is 65mph in kph anyhow?
@anniepa (27236)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I think we just might be the only one. I remember we learned a little bit about the metric system in school but since I never had to use it I can barely remember a thing. That's something I think should be the same everywhere in the world for many reasons, when you think about it. I know it would be hard for old farts like me to learn a whole new system at this point in our lives but I think we should probably have to. Annie
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
22 Feb 08
Being an older guy from Canada,I was wishing( and still do) that someone would shoot the idiot that brought the metric system here. I was brought up my whole young life with the impirial system and still use it today,I realy like knowing how cold it realy is,and when they tell you how much gas is,we pay ( right now for a few days)109.99 a litre,that make it around $4.18 a gallon.it's just a great way for the oil companies and governments to steal from you with out you finding out till it is to late. but then,it is the same as those young ones now that are wizzes at the computer,I am still getting used to them,find them great but can't realy figure most of it out,and they were and are brought up with metric system so have trouble with the good old imperial. some,call it progress,but then I am hoping to move to the U.S.,so I hope they keep it the way it is.
• United States
22 Feb 08
This basically comes down to how you grow up. If you grow up using the metric system then naturally you will get confused with anything else. I have no idea why the United States hasent switched yet. I do know that they teach both systems in American schools. Its a start for a change.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
22 Feb 08
I get very confussed when my English friend on here use metrics and pounds I have had to have them break it to pounds reg math adn all that which they do very well.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
21 Feb 08
Oh the metric system confuses me so bad, I would get lost if I ever had to depend on it..They tried teaching it in sixth grade and that was the only time they really tried to teach it. so I spent the rest of my school years in the inches,feet, measurements. My children have learned it, but they don't use it, but they know milliliter from centimeter or whatever they use, much better than I.