Originally Posted by birdman
When is the US EVER going to change to the metric system? --------
I wish! We had a great start in the 1970's, and the metrication board was established in 1975. It was being taught in schools, products were being labeled with dual volume/weight numbers, factories started converting.
For some unexplainable reason the Metrication Board was dissestablished in 1982. That was one of the dumbest things the US has ever let happen. Now the US is the ONLY nation of any size still stuck with the antiquated and irrational system of measurments we still use. Nothing in it is related to anything else, the inch has nothing to do with volume measurements such as the gallon, fractional measurments are mathmatically the most difficult thing to work with, and converting these to decimal numbers to make it more fathomable only makes it slightly better.
Even Britian, which started this mess in the first place, was smart enough to abandon it for the Metric system.
I work with both systems regularly, and design machinery sometimes using the inch system, others in metric. Metric is FAR easier to work with.
OK David, step away from the soapbox, slowly.