### Musing on Metrics

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**Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:51 pm**I spent most of my morning "translating" a presentation that was sent to me from a colleague in Europe. The English was perfect, but all measurements were done using the metric system ~ a system that the Average Joe here in the US is not familiar with....I had to convert the measurements into "American" so the audience could follow...

I've lived & worked in many metric-centric countries so I got the gist, but for most Americans, the metric system is a foreign language. I remember back in the '70's there was a big push here in the US to convert to the metric system ~ it turned out to be a complete and utter flop.

Wondering how many of you guys "think" Metric and if you have to do the math into inches, feet, ounces & pounds...

I've lived & worked in many metric-centric countries so I got the gist, but for most Americans, the metric system is a foreign language. I remember back in the '70's there was a big push here in the US to convert to the metric system ~ it turned out to be a complete and utter flop.

Wondering how many of you guys "think" Metric and if you have to do the math into inches, feet, ounces & pounds...