Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, almost 3 years ago

    sad to show what you got when you got nothin

  2. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw said, almost 3 years ago

    Oh, well – NASA once got miles and kilometers mixed up. Bye-bye Mars lander. Could happen to anyone.

  3. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, almost 3 years ago

    We’re TRENDSETTERS – ahead of the times.

  4. reedkomicks

    reedkomicks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    For goodness sake..

  5. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, almost 3 years ago

    We DO use metric or SI wnenever we wish along with English whenever we wish. We’re smart enough to make conversions back and forth if we wanna.

  6. montessoriteacher

    montessoriteacher said, almost 3 years ago

    Years ago, columnist Bob Greene wrote that he was starting an organization called WAM, for We Ain’t Metric.

  7. Gee Man

    Gee Man GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    How’s that working for you? See Mars lander comment above.
    Choosing to use crack can be labelled “FREEDOM” too. Or just a bad choice.

  8. StCleve72

    StCleve72 said, almost 3 years ago

    That idea doesn’t make a centigram of sense. I mean, give some people a millimeter and they’ll take a kilometer, like a girl I once knew who was 907 kilograms of fun to be with but didn’t have 28.34952312 grams of common sense. She would rush around at 160 km/hr all the time and it would make her feel 3.048 meters tall even though she didn’t like the song by the Who called; "I can see for 1.609344 kilometers and 1.609344 kilometers.Well, that’s how it goes sometimes, right?

  9. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, almost 3 years ago


    Was her name Joule?

  10. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, almost 3 years ago

    @Gee Man

    Actually, the Mars Lander problem was caused by Barsoomians, or so my crackhead friends assure me.

    And yes, freedom to make bad choices is part of freedom, only opposed by those who think natural selection should be opposed as part of evolutionary processes.
    Further, simply using SI doesn’t assure no mistakes by the careless (see above) as exemplified by Sheldon using square metres when he SHOULD have used square centimetres, yielding an error of magnitude ten to the fourth. While fictional, it happens in reality too. Remember the nearsighted Hubble and why.

  11. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, almost 3 years ago


    I was under the impression they ground the lens wrong. Were they using metric?

  12. goweeder

    goweeder said, almost 3 years ago

    “Why is the USA not using metric like the
    Good question! Especially since our money is based on the metric system, and people have no problem with that.

  13. goweeder

    goweeder said, almost 3 years ago


    “We’re TRENDSETTERS – ahead of the times.”
    More like behind the times.

  14. Astolat

    Astolat said, almost 3 years ago

    Officially we are metric over here. In practice it hasn’t really completely taken hold, and we are a bit in limbo.
    We still measure distance in miles, and the overwhelming majority of people would give you their height in feet and inches and their weight in stones and pounds (1 stone – 14 lbs).
    In the shops, prepackaged goods do now tend to be in 500g rather than 454g (1 lb) packs, but while there was a battle going on ten years ago about imperial or metric measurements for loose food, we sort of gave up on both, and we tend to buy vegetables by the pack or by number. It will have the metric weight on it, but a high percentage particularly of older people who were not taught in metric don’t instinctively think in it.
    You will tend to hear a lot of people, particulalry those under 40 who were taught mostly or entirely in metric, say “about ten metres” rather than “about ten yards” these days, but more rarely “about a kilo” rather than “about two pounds”.
    We buy gas (petrol) by the litre, and know its price these days by the litre, but still measure car efficiency by miles per (imperial) gallon; very few people could tell you how much a gallon of gas costs.
    Rugby dropouts are taken from the 22 metre line, not the 25 yard line as they used to be, but we still talk about the 18 yard penalty box in soccer when it is actually 16.5 metres. A cricket pitch, however, is and always will be, 22 yards (one chain) long and 10 feet wide.

  15. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, almost 3 years ago


    “We’re smart enough to make conversions back and forth if we wanna.”
    Speak for yourself, David. (Well, at least I know how to look it up on the computer, but who wants to bother?)
    I would go metric is everyone else would, but we as a nation seem to be too lazy.

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