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ufo's coming october 14th

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If you represented an intelligent alien life form wouldn’t you make it your being’s strict policy to avoid earth at all costs… I would.

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Americans defy explanation. We still refuse to convert to the metric system because "it's too difficult to learn."

Off the top of my head;

umm 12 inches in a foot, 3 feet in a yard, I guess about 1800 yards in a mile. I prefer furlongs! no idea about the rest! The weird thing is I prefer yards for golf, and miles for speed and distance. Litres for volume though! Is it really claimed hte metric system is too hard to learn? I find that hard to believe, its all constant and base 10! 10mm in a cm, 100cm in a metre, 1000 metres in a kilometre. 10ml in a cl, 100cl in a litre etc

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Is it really claimed hte metric system is too hard to learn?

It's not the math (obviously that is easier). It's the difficulty in conceptualizing a kilometer vs. a mile, or a liter vs. a gallon, or an inch vs a centimeter.

It's a mental block, and that's all. Apply it to something fattening and unhealthy that Americans can't live without, say . . . for example, soda, and we are amazingly quick at figuring out exactly how big a liter is. (Sorry, this is one of my pet peeves. We are the only remaining industrialized country in the world that doesn't use the metric system and we are so obstinate to change because of our "we are right, they are wrong, and you can't make us change" rationalizations. It's just so stupid.)
Dear Harry,

Okay, that was pretty funny.

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Over here when I was at school I learnt both systems.
I know approximations to switch between both eg;
1" = 2.5cm
1' = 30cm
1.1 yard = 1m

Also sometimes imperial measurement is just confusing, in F doesn't water freeze around (can't remember exactly anymore) 32 and boil around 212?

I find it much easier in C. Water freezes at 0 and boils at 100. Even if you don't know C, its pretty easy to approximate around these points.

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I wonder how many of us Yanks will actually "get" that?

I've got a better one for you.....

Why do so many of you Yanks say "could care less" rather than "couldn't care less"???????????

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It's not the math (obviously that is easier). It's the difficulty in conceptualizing a kilometer vs. a mile, or a liter vs. a gallon, or an inch vs a centimeter.

You are quite right. Strangely, though, although I have been using the metric system for 40 years, in golf, a missed 1 foot putt will always be a 1 footer and not a 30 centimetre putt. Everyone measures putts in feet, but we do iron and wood distances in metres. Maybe that's why I sometimes forget that a 300 yard drive is really only about 270 metres. When you guys eventually change to metric, I wonder how many 300 yard hitters will do their conversion thus: 300 yards = 300 metres

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I've got a better one for you.....

I don't know. But try explaining to someone why it's wrong. Yeah, that goes over well . . .

"Dude, if you could care less, that means you care a little." "Huh?" "Think about it. What you mean, is that you 'could not care less.' In other words, this is the least you could care." "Shut up." "Alrighty." < sigh >

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to stay on topic as to how this relates to golf, how do you think extraterrestial technology will affect the game and what technologies may the usga try to pass rules and prohibit after oct 14th when first contact is made?

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i am looking for a big financial return on the 14th to compensate losses from a huge stock holding in wachovia. i've been making a lot of bets with folks who don't believe me the ufo is coming and so when it does, i'll be in the money.

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Dude, seriously.

.... and whoever said ganja smoking didn't lead to paranoid-schizophrenia? Exhibit A in this thread.

schizophrenia noun a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.

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