History Main / TheMetricSystemIsHereToStay

11th Sep '16 6:39:36 PM Premonition45
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* Lampshaded in ''TheSimpsons'':
--> '''Judge Harm:''' From now on, the restraining order is set at 200 feet.
--> ''(Everyone in the room gasps)''
--> '''Judge Harm:''' That's 61 meters.
--> ''(a Dutchwoman, a Frenchman and a German in the back row gasp)''

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* Lampshaded Parodied in ''TheSimpsons'':
--> '''Judge
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "On a Clear Day, I Can't See My Sister":
-->'''Judge
Harm:''' From now on, the restraining order is set at 200 feet.
--> ''(Everyone -->''(Everyone in the room gasps)''
--> '''Judge -->'''Judge Harm:''' That's 61 meters.
--> ''(a -->''(a Dutchwoman, a Frenchman and a German in the back row gasp)''
10th Aug '16 8:57:11 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Whenever a waypoint was placed on your {{HUD}}, it always measures distance in either metres or kilometres.[[note]]Except, strangely enough, the PC version of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', which uses feet and miles.[[/note]]

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** Whenever a waypoint was is placed on your {{HUD}}, it always measures distance in either metres or kilometres.[[note]]Except, kilometres[[note]]Except, strangely enough, the PC version of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', which uses feet and miles.[[/note]][[/note]].
19th Jun '16 11:09:12 PM ImperatorZor
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** Canada officially adopted metric in 1977, but its adoption by the general public has been hit and miss - for instance, many people use Celsius for outdoor temperature but Fahrenheit for indoor and/or body temperature (and always for oven temperature), or measure long distances in kilometres but short and medium distances in inches and feet... unlike Brits who are more likely to use centimetres and metres for short and medium distances, but miles for longer distances.

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** Canada officially adopted metric in 1977, but its adoption by the general public has been hit and miss - for instance, many people use Celsius for outdoor temperature but Fahrenheit for indoor and/or body temperature (and always for oven temperature), temperature, or measure long distances in kilometres but short and medium distances in inches and feet... unlike Brits who are more likely to use centimetres and metres for short and medium distances, but miles for longer distances.
6th Jun '16 10:47:10 AM Jake
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* Despite the occasional request from modders looking to reenact the Apollo program in as much detail as possible, ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' uses metric for all in-game measurements.
8th May '16 7:21:13 AM dmeagher13
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** The usual cited reason for not changing is the sheer expense of changing pretty much ''every roadsign in the land that has a number on it''. Every distance sign and speed sign would need to be replaced, which would be a colossal undertaking for little practical benefit -- not to mention that whatever they may have learned in school, pretty much everyone uses miles, feet and inches in everyday conversation.

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** The usual cited reason for not changing is the sheer expense of changing pretty much ''every roadsign in the land that has a number on it''. Every distance sign and speed sign would need to be replaced, which would be a colossal undertaking for little practical benefit -- not to mention that whatever they may have learned in school, pretty much everyone uses miles, feet and inches in everyday conversation. There's also a massive safety consideration, especially for things like speed limits. A driver might see the sign, and not know what unit its in or, even if the unit is marked on the sign, just glance at it and not realize the units.
16th Jan '16 3:25:20 AM Anddrix
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and the follow-on serieses ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', consistently use the metric system, to the point of changing the scriptwriter's wording if necessary. This caused a scientific error at least once: During the production of the ST:TNG episode "The Royale", they "converted" a temperature to Celsius (presumably to make it more "futurey") by [[ViewersAreMorons simply swapping the unit names]]. The original temperature was -291 °F (-179.4 °C), but the lowest possible temperature (absolute zero) is -273.15 °C... whoops.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and the follow-on serieses ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', consistently use the metric system, to the point of changing the scriptwriter's wording if necessary. This caused a scientific error at least once: During the production of the ST:TNG episode "The Royale", they "converted" a temperature to Celsius (presumably to make it more "futurey") by [[ViewersAreMorons simply swapping the unit names]].names. The original temperature was -291 °F (-179.4 °C), but the lowest possible temperature (absolute zero) is -273.15 °C... whoops.
15th Dec '15 9:43:23 AM TheKaizerreich
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* ''Creator/GamesWorkshop'' products, due to GW being British, are in Imperial units (such as using inches for measurements). The German-made and later officially adopted fan game named ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'' for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', on the other hand, measures in metric units, namely centimeters.
7th Nov '15 2:17:59 PM BreadBull
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* Although not science fiction, ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' always uses metric units, even in casual dialogue. It's an interesting choice for an American kids cartoon.

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* Although not science fiction, ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' always uses metric units, even in casual dialogue. It's an interesting choice for an American kids cartoon. Considering it is meant to look like an anime from Japan however, metric might be used since Japan ''does'' use the metric system.
13th Jul '15 8:10:46 PM nombretomado
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Although fiction set in the present-day United States tends to use [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements imperial units]], fiction set in the future is more likely to instead use the metric system. This may be because it makes things seem more futuristic: scientists use SI units (which is based on the metric system), and - given that most other countries, except Myanmar and Liberia, officially use the metric system - it may be only a matter of time until the United States also changes to metric. As it is, its military uses it if only to stay in sync with its allies.

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Although fiction set in the present-day United States tends to use [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCustomaryMeasurements imperial units]], fiction set in the future is more likely to instead use the metric system. This may be because it makes things seem more futuristic: scientists use SI units (which is based on the metric system), and - given that most other countries, except Myanmar and Liberia, officially use the metric system - it may be only a matter of time until the United States also changes to metric. As it is, its military uses it if only to stay in sync with its allies.
16th May '15 5:51:50 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Halo}}''. Mostly brought up in its ExpandedUniverse.
** Whenever a waypoint was placed on your {{HUD}}, it always measures distance in either metres or kilometres.[[note]]Except, strangely enough, the PC version of ''Combat Evolved'', which uses feet and miles.[[/note]]

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* ''{{Halo}}''.''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. Mostly brought up in its ExpandedUniverse.
** Whenever a waypoint was placed on your {{HUD}}, it always measures distance in either metres or kilometres.[[note]]Except, strangely enough, the PC version of ''Combat Evolved'', ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', which uses feet and miles.[[/note]]
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