What’s Wrong With America: No Metric System

Let’s take a look at how we measure things, shall we? In America, 0 degrees is based on some chemical reaction Daniel Fahrenheit used in his laboratory. Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212. Length is measured in inches, which is based on someone’s thumb back in the Dark Ages. Twelve inches make a foot. Three feet make a yard. There are 1760 yards in a mile. Unless it’s a nautical mile, which is about 2025 yards. Roughly. Weight is in ounces and pounds. None of it makes sense until you reach tons. Sort of.

The rest of the world uses the metric system. Everything base 10. You have to be dumber than a rock not to get it once you learn it. And it’s base 10. Monkeys can figure this out. A kilometer? That’s a thousand meters. Kilograms are are a thousand grams, which, while tinier, make a hell of a lot more sense than ounces, don’t they?

They once tried to convert the US to metric. Then some idiots afraid of change started whining, calling it communist or some stupidity. So we got stuck on an antiquated illogical system. Know what that got us?

A crashed space probe.

This isn’t American exceptionalism. This is stupidity masquerading as tradition covering up fear of change.

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2 thoughts on “What’s Wrong With America: No Metric System

  1. I have never understood why we keep sticking with this antiquated system. People are afraid they won’t get used to metric, but I’m guessing most of the whiners have never been outside of the US. Both times I’ve been to Europe, I was thinking in metrics by the time I left, 7-9 days later.

  2. As Abe Simpson said: My car does 40 rods to the hogshead and that’s the way i likes !

    Here is a nice song about the metric system in the US

    And here is a funny explanation why the metric system never made it into the US

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