Metric:

Celsius versus Fahrenheit

Measurements

Time (Clock)

Calendar
Compass
Why change to metric??
The USA is already metric!
Your metric IQ

Americans must ask themselves: Do we like the King* - or science?? If they say "science", then they are wrong, because they still use the King's system of measurement (Imperial), and refuse to adopt the scientific system that the rest of the planet is using. Well, except Liberia, [the Union of] Myanmar (formerly "Burma"), and good ol' Great Britian.
* whom we fought a war to rid ourselves from - and we even changed the driving side of the carriage to have nothing to do with him! Yet we insist on keeping his 835 BC measurement system.

Talking with an anti-metric American is like talking to an anti-Mac® snob - they think others should get like the rest of the planet ... and use Windows. To them, I [calmly] say "Why don't you get like the rest of the planet and use metric??"

Although they say they hate metric, and people often tell me "I hate the French - they invented metric!" Although that is "the lamest" excuse I've ever heard, I have learned to combat it with a joke: "You must HATE French fries, French-kissing, RSVP ["Répondez s'il vous plaît"], the cinema [MOVIES!], dentistry, aspirin, antibiotics, natural rubber, beryllium, asteurization, liquid oxygen, rtificial silk, luorine, electrolysis, leach, neon lighting, French blinds, French Maids, Chevrolet, roulette wheels, cabarét, croissants, and French restaurants" and I explain why and how America is already using metric (SI):

America uses metric??
The USA already uses metric! When telling me "the metric system is CRAP", I tested a former colleague with some questions. His answers were the usual ones:Food Labels

So you see - the USA uses the metric system! You now see many uses of the metric system in modern-day America. Now, let's all make the move to metric time and metric calendar!! Let's join the force to make it time for America to go completely Metric!

---> It is noteworthy to add that the USA signed a treaty* - promising that they would be COMPLETELY metric by 1985**. One of over 3,000 treaties that America signed, yet didn't live up to. Now, America is holding-up the WORLD with it's Imperial"feet & inches", while the rest of the planet is metric.
* the treaty was the Metric Conversion Act of 1975, calling for voluntary conversion. (A 10-year deadline was included in the original bill, but the USA keeps amending it for themselves.)
** Although the use of metric measurement standards in the United States has been authorized by law since 1866 (Act of July 28, 1866), this Nation today is the only industrially developed nation which has not established a national policy of committing itself and taking steps to facilitate conversion to the metric system.

It is also noteworthy to add: Americans changed the driving side of the coach (horse & buggy) to the LEFT side - to rebel against England's RIGHT-side driver. Funny - they didn't rebel against the king's unit of measure!!! (Fahrenheit - invented in 1714. Let's see - water freezes at 0 and boils at 100. Nooooooooo - water freezes at 32, and boils at 212 ... that's MUCH easier!) Lest we forget that FEET and INCHES was invented in 2575 BC, later updated in 1303. And lastly, BTU is British Thermal Units. (Metric is kilogram-calories or kilogram-meters) you may ask: "WHY do we use BRITISH thermal units in modern-day America?" Good question. Let me know when you find out. Although many people will ask "What IS a KGC (kilogram-calorie) or a KGM (kilogram-meter)??!" I usually reply: "What IS a BTU??" they can NEVER give me the proper definition (they have no CLUE!), so that's when I ask them "So WHY do you insist on using BTUs - rather than metric??"

It is noteworthy to add - even the United States Department of Energy (DOE) uses METRIC (kilogram-calories), and not BTUs!!!

When one is using "miles", then one must multiply to realize the time needed to travel said distance, ie:  300 miles is 4.6 hours. 65 miles is 1 hour.  With kilometers, 300km is 3 hours.  375 km is 3.75 hours. 65km is 65 minutes. The km is exactly the time, or .... hey, "all hail the King!"

http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/laws/metric-conv.html
http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/laws/metric-act.html
http://mdmetric.com/tech/cf.htm
http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/archive/gg03rpt/summary/special_topics.html


– Just for fun, read an experience I actually had while fueling (getting Diesel) in Nevada...

For example, I am 176cm in height, and weigh 75 kg.  (That's 5'10" and 165 lbs for you "King lovers" out there.) N(That's 5'10" and 165 lbs for you "King lovers" out there.)ow LBS - few know it's descended from the Roman libra (hence the abbreviation "lb"); the name "pound" is a Germanic adaptation of the Latin phrase libra pondo (a pound weight). When I was young (High School), I had motorcycles. CC and MM was simply "the way it was" and I just learned it. After travelling to 22 other countries (and now living in Canada, I have now seen the amazing benefits of "base 10". And how easy it is to learn - you just USE it (like you just started using LITERS rather than cubic inches with your engines). See below... in the meantime, we'll keep "hailing the King" and "God save the Queen!" - even though we don't realize we are. Read on...

So, let's see what the dictionary defines:
American (actually, IMPERIAL [The KING]):

Metric: (actually, SCIENCE):

See how simple, easy, and transferable the metric system is? Maybe that is why the US military and all US Scientists & Engineers use it! Your laptop (and all computer parts) are engineered and manufactured in METRIC. Did I mention NASA?? And I just have to include a couple of direct quotes:

Excerpt from a lecture delivered by Lord Kelvin (William Thomson) in Philadelphia, 29 September 1884:
"You, in this country, are subjected to the British insularity in weights and measures; you use the foot and inch and yard. I am obligated to use that system, but I apologize to you for doing so because it is so inconvenient, and I hope all Americans will do everything in their power to introduce the French metrical system ... I look upon our English system as a wickedly brain destroying piece of bondage under which we suffer. The reason why we continue to use it is the imaginary difficulty of making a change, and nothing else; but I do not think in America that any such difficulty should stand in the way of adopting so splendidly useful a reform."

And this one by ... perhaps you've heard of him: Alexander Graham Bell, 1906:
"It is safe to say that after the metric system has been adopted by the U.S. and our people have become accustomed to its use we would no more dream of going back to the present system of weights and measures than we would think of carrying on the processes of arithmetic through the medium of the old Roman letters in place of the Arabic numerals we now employ.”"
A
lexander Graham Bell, 1906

And how about THIS guy: Benjamin Franklin: He actually used a SOAP BOX and spent HOURS telling people that we need to convert to science and abandon the King's way. Nobody listened.  Buy hey, it's just that IDIOT Ben!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication_in_the_United_States
http://forums.macresource.com/read/1/533299
http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/mayhem.html?c=y&page=2


Ponder this:
12 inches equal a foot, but 8 ounces equal a cup. 16 ounces equal a pound, 3 feet equal a yard. 5,280 feet equal a mile. There are 4 quarts in a gallon, but 2 pints in a quart. Children must memorize quite a bit to perform appropriate conversions. This makes them think?? Exercises their brain?? Then let's give them philosophy, trigonometry, or mechanical engineering!

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According to the 2006 Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook, the International System of Units (Metric System) is the primary or sole system of measurement for all nations around the World EXCEPT: 1) Myanmar, 2) Liberia, and 3) the United States.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Time-for-America-to-go-Met-by-Gene-Messick-081201-701.html
http://www.metrication.us/content/time-america-go-metric-youbecha
http://rocketscientist.today.com/2008/12/03/the-magic-of-metric/
http://www.metrication.us/content/magic-metric

To vote for this change, see
http://www.metrication.us/content/go-metric-now
http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/ideas/viewIdea.apexp?id=087800000004m2I&srPos=0&srKp=087

America uses metric:

Here are more examples of Metric and SI - in your daily life!

HAM and Shortwave Radio

Meters
Wrist watch bands and attachment pins mm (Millimeters)
Wrist watches - water resistant depth Meters
Camera lenses, binoculars, and telescopes eyepiece, lens diameter: mm; focal length (mentioned above) mm
Eyeglass lenses and frames mm

Skis

cm (Centimeters)
Ski courses km (Kilometers)
All athletic race courses - including Olympic km and Meters
All athletic event lifting - including Olympic kg
Skates mm
Automobile tires (dual labeled, metric first) mm
Bicycles cm and mm
Watches
Meters (m)
Motorcycles (displacement, as well as nuts and bolts) cc. mm
Firearm cartridges/bullets mm
Nutrition facts on food packages (fat, carbohydrate, and protein mass) (mentioned above) g (Grams)
Nutrition facts on food packages (cholesterol and sodium mass) mg (Milligrams)
Pharmaceuticals (mentioned above) µg, mg, g, mL, L
Postage stamps, stamp collecting supplies mm
Computers
(Engineered in cm. 13.5" screen is manufactured as 35cm, but advertised as 13.5". 15" is actually 40cm; 19" is actually 50cm)
cm
The engine in your car (mentioned above) L (Liters or Litres)
Half (or more!) of all the bolts in your car mm (millimetres)
Wine (mentioned above) L
Fabric Meters and cm
NASA engineers in METRIC  
Your addition here??  
   


Apple watches:


Guitar picks:

Tests Show Americans Understand SI (Metric) Units Better Than Inch-Pound (Imperial) Units
Dennis Brownridge, USMA member

Metric foes often argue that we should keep our traditional units because Americans understand them. But a recent survey refutes that notion. While Americans' knowledge of SI leaves much to be desired, they seem to understand metric units a heck of a lot better than gallons, fluid ounces, inch fractions, and other antiquated units. A simple 30-question test on everyday measuring units--half SI and half inch-pound--was given to all students and faculty at an Arizona high school. The median score on SI units was 55% for students and 64% for adults, while the median on inch-pound units was only 16% for students and 34% for adults. Two-thirds of the students (and 83% of the adults) could read a metric ruler to the nearest millimeter. But only 20% of the students and (73% of the adults) could read an inch ruler to the nearest 16th. Curiously, most students treated the inch fractions as decimals, mistaking the 1/16 inch marks for 0.1 or 0.05 inch marks. For example, they often misread the measurement 2 11/16 inches as 2.8 or 2.65 inches.

Three-quarters of both students and adults knew that a liter measures volume and equals 1000 mL (cm3). However, not one person knew the definition of a U.S. gallon (231 cu in.), acre (43,560 sq ft.), or U.S. bushel (2150 cu in.). Most estimates were wildly off. Only 6% of the students (and half of the adults) knew that a U.S. quart is 32 fluid ounces. Two-thirds of both students and adults knew the meaning of the prefixes kilo, milli, and mega, and were able to apply them to specific units (for example, 1000 mg = 1 g, 1000 g = 1 kg, 1 km = 1000 m). Most students (and 77% of the adults) could estimate the distance to a nearby city in kilometers. By contrast, only 30% of the students (but 63% of the adults) knew that a [statute] mile is 5280 feet.

Most respondents recognized that an average man is about 75 kg, although only 20% knew that water is 1 kg/L. On the other hand, most students did not know that a pound is 16 ounces [avoirdupois] or that a [short] ton is 2000 pounds. Not one student or adult knew that a gallon of water is approximately 8.3 pounds. About 70% of the students (and 89% of the adults) knew that water freezes at 0 °C, while only half of the students (but 87% of the adults) knew water's freezing point in Fahrenheit (32 °F).


Metric usage and metrication in other countries (including Canada)

"Speak in English, and Measure in Metric."
According to a survey taken by USMA many years ago, the only other countries that have not officially adopted the metric system are Liberia (in western Africa) and Burma (also known as Myanmar, in Southeast Asia).

Just as English has become the global language of commerce, the metric system has become the global language of measurement. Thus the phrase heard more and more:
"Speak in English, and Measure in Metric."

US Metric Association
http://www.metric1.org/
http://www.metric1.org/frindexn.htm
http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/cma.html

Canadian Metric Association
http://www.csdma.org/english/
http://niagara.cioc.ca/record/NIA0582

Although most universities are trying to enforce the metric system in their coursework, much of the industry still works in the English (Imperial) system. The spacecraft portion of aerospace, including NASA and satellite manufacturers, generally uses the metric system of meters, Newtons, and liters exclusively. Those in aircraft, aviation, and weapon-related careers, on the other hand, still predominantly use English units like pounds, feet, and gallons.

From "Gentler Push for Metric Inches Along"
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9803E7DB1F39F937A35755C0A960958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

Efforts to convert the United States to the metric system have repeatedly failed ever since the birth of the nation.

In the early 1800's, the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey began importing and using meter and kilogram standards from France. In 1866, Congress authorized the nationwide use of the metric system, and it supplied each state with a set of metric weights and measures. In 1875, the United States became one of the original 17 nations signing the agreement that created the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, based on the metric system. In 1893, the United States adopted the metric system as its fundamental system of standards, thereafter defining feet, pounds, quarts and other customary measures in terms of their metric equivalents. Further initiatives toward metrication were started in 1960, 1965, 1968 and 1975, when Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act.

That act failed to specify a time limit for conversion, however, and the United States Metric Board created by the act reported in 1981 that it lacked a clear mandate to enforce the conversion. In 1982 the board was disbanded, and the conversion of American industry to the metric system slowed almost to a halt.

The National Association of Manufacturers cites statistics from the International Monetary Fund describing the United States as the world's largest industrial exporter. The study reports that from 1985 through 1993, American exports increased 8.6 percent a year. America's closest competitors, both metric nations, were Japan, which increased exports by only 2.3 percent a year, and Germany, which had an increase of 1.8 percent a year.

In some cases, European importers of American products are compelled to adapt to American customary measures. I'd say - we are forcing THEM to stoop to our antiquated (the King!) standards! Why are we not responsible?? They changed, why can't WE?


Fahrenheit & Celsius: (Commonly mis-spelled as "Celcius")
Fahrenheit was invented in 1714 by Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, a Polish layman [NOT a Scientist]) - based on a mixture of ice, water and ammonium chloride. He measured when it froze at 387.7 m (1,272 ft). He picked his temperature scale by making 0 [zero] degrees the coldest outdoor temperature he could find in his hometown of Danzig (now Gdanlask, Poland). He took the lowest temperature which he measured in the harsh winter of 1708 through 1709, and making 100 degrees the temperature of his own body.

Yeah - let's all use THAT scale in modern 21st century!! I'll use that scale, and my TRS-80 computer.

Anders Celsius, a Swedish Astronomer, used the freezing point of distilled water at sea level as 0 [zero] and the boiling point as 100. For a long time, the Celsius scale was called "centigrade." The Greek prefix "centi" means one-hundredth and each degree Celsius is one-hundredth of the way between the temperatures of freezing and boiling for water.

Celsius is displayed mostly in decimal (example: 21.1?), but since each degree in C can actually be felt, many banks just display it on their signs as "21". Fahrenheit is a bit more accurate without the decimal (there ar 1.8 degrees C for every one degree in F), but when the decimal is used, C is far more accurate (there are .18 of a degree F for every .1 in C - making it over 5 times more accurate).

10's cool. 20's not. 30's WARM. 40's HOT!!"
(10 = 50 [Polish], 20 = 68 [Polish], 30 = 86 [Polish], and 40 = 104 [Polish].  Also, the normal human body temp is 37.0 [98.6 Polish].

http://www.astro.uu.se/history/Celsius_eng.html

There are three countries in the world that still use the old system: Zimbabwe, Myamnopar (formerly called "Burma") and the USA, making the total population 410 million using the old scale, and 7.59 billion using the new, scientific scale.

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OK, let's ponder this:
(Imperial [American] system)

There are 32/32 of an inch in an inch
There are 12 inches in a foot
5,280 feet in a mile

You can't say how many cubic inches there are in a pound; how many cubic inches in a gallon.

-OR- (Metric - or call it "base 10" system)

There are 10 mm in 1 centimeter (length)
There are 100 cm in a Meter (length)
There are 1,000 meters in a Kilometer (length)
There are 1,000 cc in a liter (volume)
There are 1,000 ml in a Liter (volume)
1,000 cc of water weighs 1,000 grams (a kg), and takes up the area of 1,000 ml (a liter). So, 450cc weighs 450g, and is 450 ml. Easy, ey? See - volume, weight and area inter-mix perfectly!

OK, so you're *still* saying "the USA [and Libya and Myanomar] is MUCH better!!!" OK, if the Imperial system is that much better, why is the ENTIRE US MILITARY COMPLETELY METRIC???? Go ahead - ask anyone on active duty. Not to mention that ALL Scientists and Doctors (and most Engineers) are completely metric-based. They must be IDIOTS, right!!

I am aware that people generally "like things the way they are". People will say "in the REAL world, SAE is used." Let me direct you to the REAL "real world": Hospitals and Weather (and as I mentioned, US ARMED FORCES, Scientists and Doctors). BOTH measure EXCLUSIVELY in metric (yes - even the US Weather Service measures in Celsius, but they convert it to Fahrenheit for reporting)

See, people are resistant to change. OK, now here's a tough question:
How many feet are in 5 miles? QUICK!!!
$1,000 bucks says it took you more than 2 seconds to answer.

QUICK, how many ounces (or pounds) does 261 cubic inches of water weigh? QUICK!!!
Time's UP!!!

Now... how many meters are in 5 km? In less than a second, you can answer "5,000". How many cm? Indeed, 500,000. What the heck - let's do mm ... 5,000,000. I know, I know - mm is only used for woodworking, machining and medical.

Let me ask you this way instead:
You have a 3/4 wrench. What is the next size up? QUICK!
You have a 11/32 socket. What is the next size down? QUICK!
(now, I know you wouldn't need to know this if all your wrenches were neatly stored in your job box - you just choose the next size)

I'll bet you had to think for a bit. If it was Metric, and I'd asked you:
You have a 12mm wrench. What is the next size up? You would have QUICKLY said "13".
You have an 8mm socket. What is the next size down? You would have QUICKLY said "7".

How many cc of water is in 1 kg? (Yes - volume and weight DO intertwine in the [newer] Metric system!) the answer is 1,000. Based on water, the metric system dictates:
There are 1,000 cc in 1 liter (1,000 ml), and that liter (of water) weighs 1,000 g (1 kg)
Similarly, 300 cc weighs 300 g, and takes up the space of 300 ml.

And <drum-roll, grin >...
The clincher - - - those Windows users out there who say [to Mac® users] "C'mon - get with what the REST of the world is using!" I calmly reply "I certainly WILL - when YOU use METRIC!"

Feel free to see the official Metric page (the US Metric Association!) above. For Mac users, get your Widget at
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/status/metricclock.html

or the digital version at
http://www.sethtaylor.com/punctum/?p=64

For Americans, get your Metric Association Newsletter at http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/cma.html

For current metric time, see:
http://web.archive.org/web/20010214223926/http://www.eoni.com/~wgatchel/mtrctime.htm
http://zapatopi.net/metrictime/link.html
http://www.billcollins.com.au/bc/mt/index.htm

And I'll close with a TRUE story:
I was filling-up with Diesel in Nevada. A guy walks by and asks "So, how much is gas in Canada?" I was impressed that he knew where Alberta was (my license plates) that I replied "It's about a buck a liter." He gave one of those pffff kind of laughs, so I asked "What's the funny part - buck? Liter? Canada?"

He said "You f***g Canadians and that LITER s**t!" So, (as I'm finishing-off my diesel fill-up) I replied "Yeah, I know - we're pretty stupid. By the way, if WE said "You f****g AMERICANS", you'd kick my butt in a second."

He said "You're dam RIGHT!" So I replied - I know ... Americans are the best in the world, and everyone else is worthless scum.

He actually said "You're dam RIGHT!"

So, I went for the GUSTO, and said "Say, I like that CAR you're driving - what size motor does that there thang have in it?"

He replied "It's got the big one." I said "Of COURSE - you need LOTS of power to go 65." (He didn't catch my sarcasm, and I had a REASON for the car question - its coming right up)

I said "Dang, that thang must be huge - what size is that thar thang?"

He said "4.3"

I said "4.3 what?"

He said "A 4.3 LITER, dumb-a**!"

I then said (as I'm walking to my cab - ready for self-defense), "You Americans and your stupid LITERS."

He actually said "It's ok when WE do it - it's stupid when YOU do it!"

As I cranked-up and put it into "drive", I exclaimed "So, it's TRUE what they say about Americans in Canada: You are ARROGANT, self-righteous, STUPID idiots who think they own the world. I hope you guys get attacked again - you DESERVED it!!"

And I HAD to add "the topper" - the race car trailer I was pulling - I came REALLY close to his car - he was watching it like a HAWK. It was a ploy to keep him from [possibly] doing something bad ... and it WORKED.

Metric Time:


Current Metric Time


Standard Time

Wouldn't it make more sense for units of time to be divisible by ten?

100 metric seconds = 1 metric minute
100 metric minutes = 1 metric hour
10 metric hours = 1 day
10 days = 1 metric week
36.5 metric weeks = 1 year



As things stand now, the metric standard is used in the world in all other realms of measurement. Why not time?

Download the Metric Clock widget for your Unix or Mac OS-X computer at:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/status/metricclock.html

The digital version:
http://www.sethtaylor.com/punctum/?p=64


The Metric (and Standard) Calendar:

There are no months - only weeks (10 days) and the year. Too bad it doesn't take the Earth 100 (or 1,000) days to revolve around the Sun.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 January
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 February

32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28    
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59

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60
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
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22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
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11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
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21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
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10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
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20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
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335 336 337 338 339 340
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361 362 363 364 365






Metric Compass:

We are in the 21st Century, yet we use a compass made in the days of Babylon. Indeed, blame the Babylonians - they used the Sexadecimal system. Don’t get excited - it means that instead of using base 10 (as we do today) they used base 60. You can read more about it on wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexagesimal

One would think it is high-time we make it 100 or 1,000 degrees, rather than 360. On the other hand, to scientists, engineers, and mathematicians it is usual to measure angles in radians. The size of a radian is determined by the requirement that there are 2 radians in a circle. Thus 2 radians equals 360 degrees. This means that 1 radian = 180/ degrees, and 1 degree = /180 radians.

More at http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/newton/askasci/1995/math/MATH075.HTM
http://betterexplained.com/articles/intuitive-guide-to-angles-degrees-and-radians/

Prefixed forms of metre:

Submultiples
Multiples
Factor Name Symbol
Factor Name Symbol
101 decimetre dm
101 decametre dam
102 centimetre cm
102 hectometre hm
103 millimetre mm
103 kilometre km
106 micrometre µm
106 megametre Mm
109 nanometre nm
109 gigametre Gm
1012 picometre pm
1012 terametre Tm
1015 femtometre (fermi) fm
1015 petametre Pm
1018 attometre am
1018 exametre Em
1021 zeptometre zm
1021 zettametre Zm
1024 yoctometre ym
1024 yottametre Ym

And while we're at it -
On the LEFT side of the decimal (000.):

# of zeros U.S. & scientific community Other countries
3 thousand thousand
6 million million
9 billion 1000 million (1 milliard)
12 trillion billion
15 quadrillion 1000 billion
18 quintillion trillion
21 sextillion 1000 trillion
24 septillion quadrillion
27 octillion 1000 quadrillion
30 nonillion quintillion
33 decillion 1000 quintillion
36 undecillion sextillion
39 duodecillion 1000 sextillion
42 tredecillion septillion
45 quattuordecillion 1000 septillion
48 quindecillion octillion
51 sexdecillion 1000 octillion
54 septendecillion nonillion
57 octodecillion 1000 nonillion
60 novemdecillion decillion
63 vigintillion 1000 decillion
66 - 120 undecillion vigintillion
303 centillion  
600   centillion

On the RIGHT side of the decimal (.000):

Prefix Symbol In Words Shift Point
yocto y a septillionth 24
zepto z a sextillionth 21
atto a a quintillionth 18
femto f a quadrillionth 15
pico p a triillionth 12
nano n a billionth 9
micro µ a millionth 6
milli m a thousandth 3
centi c a hundredth 2
deci d a tenth 1
deca da ten 1
hecto h a hundred 2
kilo k a thousand 3
mega M a million 6
giga G a billion 9
tera T a triillion 12
peta P a quadrillion 15
exa E a quintillion 18
zetta Z a sextillion 21
yotta Y a septillion 24

As you can see, it doesn't really get more complicated - only you have more possibilities! In fact, as the English system was designed to master nothing more than medieval measurement tasks, and also lacks the capability of systematic extension like the prefixes of the metric system, the English system fails to provide suitable units for numerous modern measurements. So wavelength of light, power of radiation, mass of blood cells and many more have to be measured in metric units, isn't that ronic? And to think - the USA - the haters of the King .... STILL use that King's system, annd REFUSE TO ABANDON IT!

Decimal system

The decimal system is nothing new - you use it every day when you deal with money. Something might cost 4.50 Dollars or 0.45 Dollars. The decimal system is superior to the fractional system, because...

You already use the decimal system for calculating money - so you know it already! As it's the easier system, why not forget all the convoluted fractions and just use decimals!

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Celsius is so unfamiliar to anyone used to the Polish way (F), they would have to take a WEEK to learn it. Sort of like when engine sizes became Liters rather than "cubic inches" - everyone had to go to school for 2 years!! Yes, I'm kidding, but the point is to demonstrate how EASY it was to get used to liters (like the horrendously evil hardship it took to get used to prescriptions and nutritional content in mg. You don't even *remember* that "hard work", I'll bet <grin> )

Not that this has anything to do with metric, but – we bought an oven - GAS. Since people tend to think gas stoves are ugly, dangerous, and outdated, I decided to post photos...

First, though, I checked with 4 local entities - including Fire Departments and insurance brokers. What I've found is:
The #1 cause of fires is: WOOD-BURNING CHIMNEYS. It goes next to ELECTRICAL FAULTS. Gas stoves weren't even on the list of top causes. The Fire Dept(s) also told me that propane & natural gas (ours) need exactly 14/1 mixture or it will not ignite. That's why they prefer those fuels. Campers also know the safety of these, as camp stoves are propane, and rarely have any issues - even when misused. That said (written), here are photos...
By the way, 190˚ (C) is 375˚ (F [Polish]).

The burner is on HIGH:

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