The green represents countries who use the metric measurement system.
Can anyone explain to me why the fuck the US is still imperial?
And what the fuck a quart is?
And now what the cunt is the superbowl about especially the half time show! Would have been less american and cheesy if tom cruise ejected out of an F16 midway through!
The US has been slowing switching to Metric for a long time now. Hence both measurements are on pretty much everything. You can't just up and switch measuring systems overnight. XD
But ya, the customary system is fucking stupid.
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For the same reason that other countries use the metric system; it's pointless at this point to try to get an entire country full of people to just all of a sudden start using an alternate form of measurement.
What's that supposed to mean yello? Other countries use Metric because it's BETTER, not because we're too lazy to switch to the much more sophisticated imperial system (At least you learn how to neglect fractions and guesstimate).
History fun fact: Canada (And Australia, heck most colonies) was once all Imperial, but in ~1993 we decided to change mostly to Metric. I was born in '93, and I have never seen imperial on any boxes of anything in shops. It didn't take much time.
@Paul: I think you got it backwards. US hasn't switched overnight for a reason, not other countries. lol Metric, is indeed, better. It's rare to find someone here(US) that is any know a lot about it and use it regularly, other than KHDODCM.
If there's one good thing that pot has done for this generation it's teaching us the metric system. There was an attempt at a switch in the 1980s but that fell through because no one wanted to make that switch. I see no issue with using imperial or metric since I know both of them; it really isn't a difficult thing to learn.
No I don't think I got it backwards lol. You never stated the reason the US doesn't and he implied it was either because of stubbornness, lack of effort or because of the impending confusion (he was very open ended) even though like, all countries have done the exact same thing. The U.S. just doesn't.
And I sooo agree about the pot thing, I wouldn't know what the fuck an ounce was without it :p
Ok, it works. And my contribution to the thread: the US has adopted the metric system in certain industries (science, building and construction), and I see both metric measurements and imperial measurements on a lot of packaged food etc.
Indeed I did state the reason the US doesn't, because they are. Just slowly, you can't turn over a new metric system so quickly.
And as stated by me and a couple other people now, metric is everywhere, just secondary to customary because of the slow switch.
@Yello, so do our cars. But neither cars, nor food are made specifically for the United States, that doesn't mean it's accepted there, it just means that companies are lazy.
And of course science and high level academics use the metric system, they decided to use the systeme international d'unites as a standard, and the french invented the metric system lol
I like MPH better than KMH so suck it. I see no reason to forcibly switch over. Like some have pointed out, both systems are in use in different situations. For instance, we sell soda by the liter but milk by the gallon. Why? Well there's probably an explanation behind that but, tbh, WHO GIVES A FLYING FUCK? I know both systems for what I need them for and all I'm hearing is a bunch of whiners that have difficulty working with systems that aren't based on tens (the rest of the world).
Fun Fact: A quart is a quarter of a gallon. Surprising? Yes...
Good that I don't need stuff like liter/gallons in my job.
Altough it's usual to count in meters here in Austria, in my job inches are more common. Inches and Mill all day long (1mil = 1/10").
What kinda irritates me is in e.g. American movies I ofter here someone measuring in yards, footballfields and so on, then I really don't know in wich dimension this person is talking about.
Just to correct Tom's comment:
Science worldwide uses the SI system (Systeme Internationale) not the Metric system.
And to those say "Metric is better", they're both relative measurements. Some are more helpful in different situations to different people.
However thanks to the work of the SI institute the Metric system is being standardized and so soon enough (hopefully they'll sort the kilogram this year) the Metric system will be a fully functional relative system and then it truly will be the better system.
Well Paul that's only because we work by the decimal system (10 fingers, 10 toes). You could say the binary system is the most efficient but then you have to consider that while definite macro scale articles tend towards 1 or 0 values many of them actually have variable states.
This is a problem that was recently brought up in this whole debate about rules for talking to Aliens, if they're advanced (or not) they might not use binary and quite likely won't use a decimal system. Their number scale could go to 7.
Metric is the most logical but its because of our biases towards decimal values, not because of some magical rule.
Something tells me the best system is the dozenal one, but that'd make me have to adapt to the imperial; I wasn't brought up that way. Alternatively, the hexadecimal system is also pretty efficient, seeing as every computer uses it.