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Take a look at a highway sign - September 19th 2010, 10:36 AM

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First a question... and then I'll post a link.

Take a look at the photo of a highway sign that can be found in the state of Arizona.

What is unique about it?

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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 19th 2010, 12:28 PM

that it says km not miles


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 19th 2010, 12:49 PM

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that it says km not miles
Hi buckethead!!

That's absolutely RIGHT!!!!

Interestingly enough - Interstate 19 in Arizona measures its exit intervals in kilometers.

You can click on THIS to read the story.

This is a case of government officials wanting to change something that much of the public wants left alone.

What do YOU think?

Should everyone just leave well enough alone? OR change the km's to miles and all of the exit numbers as well? [At the cost of about 1.5 million]

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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 19th 2010, 01:10 PM

I was going to say that but I thought Americans used KM anyway.
   
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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 19th 2010, 01:25 PM

The imperial system is incredibly outdated. The single long-term advantage of switching to the metric system is that it will make it easier to train as a scientist or an engineer. The long-term disadvantages? There are none. Why they haven't switched is entirely beyond me.
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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 19th 2010, 01:29 PM

We already us kms here so whatever.


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 19th 2010, 02:03 PM

I've seen that before..


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 20th 2010, 04:13 AM

I like the thought of a universal system, so km's doesn't bother me at all.


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 20th 2010, 04:39 AM

I don't understand why the USA still uses the imperial system it would be so much easier to just go along with the whole world.


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 20th 2010, 05:00 AM

Arizona are TRAITORS!!!!
   
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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 20th 2010, 07:29 AM

We use Kilometres too! (New Zealand) So yea I couldn't really see anything wrong
   
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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 20th 2010, 10:14 PM

Those signs freaked me out on the way back to the states, I was like "Oh sh$%... they changed the signs while I was gone?!"


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 21st 2010, 12:12 AM

Having one nice universal system would be pretty good but as is, I don't mind because for miles to kilometers it's approx. 1.61 kilometers. As a rough estimate though, using a factor of 1.5 or 2.0 is fine for things such as telling someone roughly how far something is. Basic mathematics but if people don't like to do such math calculations in their head, then I'm fine with having a universal system.

But what'd also be great is having a universal temperature because celsuis to farenheit is a harder calculation. Just use Kelvins and the metric system.


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 21st 2010, 02:31 PM

Metric all the way. It is much easier to convert within the system, (just swing the decimal) and everyone esle on the planet uses it. Why not the US?

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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 21st 2010, 09:52 PM

the US hasn't gone to the metric system because we wanna be different from the rest of the world


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 22nd 2010, 02:51 AM

Canada uses km =)
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How about the fact that the metric system actually makes sense and uses measurable intervals (instead of an arbitrary number like 5,280 feet in a mile and 3 feet in a "yard")." that made me lol cause it's so true.
10 mm in a cm, 100 cm in a meter, makes sooo much sense.
They should leave the signs, I don't think it's a big deal.
I'm also glad we use degrees celcius here. 0 = freezing. Soo easy.



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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 22nd 2010, 04:52 AM

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Canada uses km =)
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How about the fact that the metric system actually makes sense and uses measurable intervals (instead of an arbitrary number like 5,280 feet in a mile and 3 feet in a "yard")." that made me lol cause it's so true.
10 mm in a cm, 100 cm in a meter, makes sooo much sense.
They should leave the signs, I don't think it's a big deal.
I'm also glad we use degrees celcius here. 0 = freezing. Soo easy.

So they should use the metric system but shouldn't bother applying it?


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 22nd 2010, 02:17 PM

I love the metric system. Although to be fair, Canada hasn't completely moved yet. If you ask someone what their height is here, they'll tell you in feet and inches, not metres. Pretty much everything else is the metric system, though.


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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 22nd 2010, 08:48 PM

I thought the UK was still in miles...might be wrong.. Don't drive so I don't pay much attention to road signs..
But speeds are still in MPH..so I'm guessing distances arein miles too?
It'd be easier in KM.. Since we don't get taught the imperial system anymore in our school




   
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Re: Take a look at a highway sign - September 22nd 2010, 08:55 PM

my personal opinion is its just gonnna be a change thats gonna leave a lot of people lost and confused.....
   
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