Americans of Reddit: what do you think about the metric system? Is it better or worse?

Americans of Reddit: what do you think about the metric system? Is it better or worse?


I give it a 10 out of 10


Let me convert that to imperial for you guys >I give it a *16.9/16.9*


A perfect 5/7.


In 1976 I lived in Germany, dad was in U.S. Army, and had to learn the metric system because the United States was going to convert to it so they said. As you can see we take a long time to accept anything new.


I have family in military and they all have this superpower of using metric and imperial at the same time.


Hello from the Philippines, where we measure height in Feet and Inches and weight in Kilograms. Distance in meters/kilometers but fabrics in yard. Soda/juices in mL/liters but ice cream in pints/gallons. 🤪


\*waves in British\*


Canada also has a similar issue.


how many kilo for a stobe and why


Roughly 7 kilos. 14 lbs per stone.


How Many stone for a pebble


In the United States we measure large amounts of marijuana in pounds but large amounts of cocaine in kilos. We also measure small amounts in grams but larger amounts in ounces for both.


That reminds me. I need to pick up a half quarter for tonight!


half a quarter lol... u mean an eighth?


in England we call that a henry. Half a henry is a louis


This strikes me as INTENSELY English


Not drugs lol but in Australia we weigh newborn babies in pounds and children/adults in kg. I could tell you that a 9 pound baby is enormous but wouldn't have a clue if you told me in kg.


I’m Canadian. I also have this superpower


I’m 6’2” and about to get in my car to drive 450km which will take about 50L of gas, to put a cake in the oven at 450 degrees in a smoking hot 35 degree kitchen. Last week my dad built a box in there with 2x4s to hold three 1kg bags of potatoes. Has anyone seen that 5 gallon drum for the fire pit? Fuck it it’s late I need a pint. I’ll go to my buddies. He’s got 4 acres of land about 10km away. Maybe I’ll bring him a quarter-pounder, with a 500ml coke for the 26er of rum he always has lying around. EDIT: obligatory RIP my inbox. I’m currently sitting on the terrace of a hospital with a broken foot. All the love is taking the pain away. Glad I made a few people chuckle. Cheers eh. Just added the last bit to cover the whole food/drink thing.


As a fellow Canadian, this post is perfection. You nailed all the areas where we switch between metric and imperial.


Close, he missed his bodyweight in pounds.


Also measured distance in km not hours, though that might be more of a Western Canada thing.


True but that’s more of a *funny thing canadians do* as opposed to a metric vs imperial thing


speaking of cars - how about tyres, [205/55R16](https://www.stoneacre.co.uk/blog/understanding-tyre-sizes) - means **205 mm** wide, 55% aspect ratio and **16 inch** rims


Don’t forget, you’re 6’2 but the fence in your yard is 10 meters in length but 5 feet high


And I'm going to buy a litre of milk for that recipe that requires 2 cups of milk to make.


The fence is 3 feet from the house but a neighbor's house is almost 20 meters from it.


I only go swimming when it is 30 outside and the pool is 80.


This is so true! Lol. My teen son is a lifeguard and pool temperature is in °F


God, I never realized how fucked up we were ...... Well. Time to smoke one gram out of the couple ounces I have left. 6 inch joints will be the death of me. But beats the hell out of a quart of Screech.


As a Canadian this makes perfect sense.


Dont forget that the 2x4s are not actually 2 or 4 inches either


And a footlong sandwich is only 11.75" inches.


1½ x 3½ in reality


I'm British living in Belgium so this sounds about right.




sounds like daywalkers


If your a mechanic too, Metric and Imperial mix for everything. 10mm and 3/8th are the 2 most common ones you end up using. I think the world runs better on both, because most things are done by inches and millimeters. The most glaring example is PC cases. Drives and Cables are Imperial, Motherboards and Fans are Metric. You can't change either one without ruining an industry standard, so it just works.


Oh, so they're British?


Well, they were at some point in history...


Them and every Canadian!


Ugh, I was in elementary school around that same time, we were taught metric not imperial because we were going to be switching over still waiting and struggling with imperial measures


The best was doing the exact same problems in math and physics class. Math class in imperial, physics in metric. Stupid.


To be fair, at the time the US had legislation designating metric as the official measurement system of the US. There was a transition planned for it, where they would list metric and imperial side by side. They started doing this, liquids in containers for instance are listed in Quarts and liters. Some signs list km next to miles. Reagan then came in and decided to stop that in its tracks, and since then we’ve made no progress. Imagine if they tried that today? A bunch of “patriots” would decry it as an attempt to impose Communism and resist, they probably would even tear down signs in metric.


They had already lost the battle on going metric before Reagan because lobbying by food manufacturers and others made it so in the original bill they could continue using imperial units for standard sizes only now with the requirement that they include metric measurements. People would have gotten used to getting a liter of milk instead of a quart or four liters instead of a gallon just like they got used to the one and two liter bottles of soda & seltzer or 750 ml liquor bottles. Nobody was going to start saying, "Hey can you grab 3.79 liters of milk while you're out?"


I was going to say the only holdover from those days is the 2 litre soda bottle. Everyone pretty much grasped how big one was and never translated it back and forth, it was just a "2 litre bottle of Coke"


Right, and if they went to liters for milk it would have been the same as people would have just switched to getting 1, 2 or 4 liter containers of milk instead of quarts, half-gallons and gallons. By allowing the US version of "going metric" to mean just sticking a second set of units on the label while keeping imperial standard sizes people never made the switch.


The inch has been defined by the metric system drive the 1950's. >Standards for the exact length of an inch have varied in the past, but since the adoption of the international yard during the 1950s and 1960s it has been based on the metric system and defined as exactly 25.4 mm. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inch


How do you tear down a sing in metric if you only have imperial tools?


We get tools in both. Although we do seem to have some weird pocket dimension that swallows 10mm sockets.


It also swallows 1/2" sockets and socks.


**You can pry my angry inch from my cold, dead hands!**


Ok, there, Hedwig.


If it's an inch when it's angry, how long is it when it's... more relaxed?


It was in the works but it was going to be really expensive to change all the road signs but it was in the budget, then the recession and double-digit inflation hit and it was decided we couldn't afford it.


Yeah when did a public works project ever help a recession apart from always


Im a hobbyist wood worker, I use the metric system more often than imperial. I hate counting out how many 16th of an inch I’m looking at, splitting things up into 10ths makes more more sense to me. Edit: I count the 16ths because I don’t use imperial enough to know all the fun tricks people have suggested. Metric is just so much easier, it’s been at least a few years since I have relied on imperial.


I'm British and I tend to estimate in imperial and measure in metric.


That makes sense actually.


That’s the point. Imperial is based on things people have experienced. An inch is roughly equivalent to a thumb. A foot is a foot. A yard is a step. An acre is the amount of land you can till in a day. The measurements have meaning and are not arbitrarily set by bureaucratic fiat.


>Imperial is based on things people have experienced. >. An acre is the amount of land you can till in a day. Rough upbringing, huh?


Lol, when your farm tools run out of license, gotta revert back manual.


Laughs in John Deere


Sobs over financing bills.


The same goes for metric honesty.I can picture what a metre,centimetre,and kilometre looks like. It's more of which system you used to.For example:when I switched from 24-hour to 12 hour clock on my phone, I completely lost "feeling" of time.Even tho I clearly understood that I should be doing something at this hour,I couldn't get the right mood


I made the switch to 24 hour time a couple of years ago. My brain still does the conversion back to 12 hour time, it's just gotten better at it.


Same! If i see 14:00 it's automatically 2pm in my brain, not fourteen hundred...


I kinda do both tbh. In my mind, 20:00 is when "night" starts, and that's a connection I don't think I would've made on a 12 hour clock because the number 8 doesn't hold the same significance as 20, but because almost everyone around me uses 12 hour time, I can just convert it in real time, in my mind I definitely think more in the 24 hour equivalent though


This point is always moot because your ability to imagine a measurement is proportional only to your exposure to the measurement itself. You can say an inch is about the size of a thumb, but what does that actually mean? I still wouldn't bother trying to estimate length in inches using that information. On the other hand, I'm much more familiar with centimeters only because in my elementary school we performed counting exercises using centimeter sized cubes. Same goes for meters over yards - I used meters more often in school. And I'm speaking as an American.


“Hmmm that looks about 10 inches” *gets tape measure out* “yep! 25.4cm! I knew it!”


Thats what she said.


IKR Sometimes when I work with people they start asking me imperial measurements and converting the units and I look at them like "Are you fucking kidding me?" USE METRIC that shit so much easier, god damn.


I prefer it - multiples of 10 seem more logical


Wait until you hear about multiples of 12


20% more logical!


I am sure there is a joke here that i am too stupid to understand


20% more than 10 is 12




That's 590% more logical.


Oh yeah it is big brain time


It’s kind of a joke, base-12 numbers are much easier to work with than base-10 numbers because base-12 numbers are divisible by 2, 3, 4, and 6 as opposed to base-10, which is only divisible by 2 and 5. The only reason we actually use the base-10 system is because many ancient civs counted on their fingers For example, in a base-12 system, normally nonterminating decimals like 1/3 can be represented exactly as opposed to a rounded (.3333333 in decimal becomes .4 in a base-12 system)


Also there are cultures that counted to 12 on each hand somehow. I learnt this on QI.


Hold your hand Infront of you, palm towards you, you have 4 fingers, and each finger has 3 segments, that's 12. And the beauty is your thumb is free, so you use that to point to the segment number you're up to. And you have a whole other hand to do the same with. If you're using a true base 12 number system its incredibly useful as you can count to 144 on your fingers.


so, you mean, since each finger joint can roughly equal an inch, and with 12 joints per hand, a hand=a foot?




That's a really cool system! Thanks for sharing


I like it, multiply chart looks so neat on 12.


The metric system is easier and since a lot of people suck at math it would be better for them.


I don't trust geometry teachers. They're always plotting something.


Why I want to become a math teacher: 1% Love of math 1% Love of teaching 98% Desire to fill a classroom with corny jokes like this.


Q: what's the difference between a calculus teacher and a sadist? A: can't tell, it's too hard to differentiate.


Why I never became a math teacher. 30% Dislike of teaching 60% Dislike of children 20% I failed basic maths


It seems like we’re always running in circles


With the terrifying war cry of "SohCahToa!"


Sohcahtoa? Where is that? Canada?


Somewhere in the Bermuda triangle I hear...




Now, wait a secant.


Oh don’t be obtuse.


But I was told I was acute guy.


I want to complement you all for your puns.


That joke really seems to supplement the others


I need some proof


You're such an angle 😇


Your pun is probably the best that no one will understand.


You might wanna make sure, just syn case.


Someone in your radius is lying to you


I think it depends what angle you look at it from.


That doesn't add up


Sometimes, I don't really understand their angle.


I don’t think the “standard” system really measures up.


Math tutor here It’s infuriating the amount of students I work with who can’t multiply by 10. Every time they’re given a problem that involves multiplication by 10, they either pull out the calculator or take a really long time doing it by hand. Like how do you not know to place a zero at the end? Make it easy on yourselves!


Same thought here. Never made sense to me that a country that sucks at math uses a fractional measurement system. At least it should be consistent without reduced fractions (e.g. 1/16, 2/16, 3/16, etc.).


If they did, they'd do something nutty like drop the denominator, invert the numerator, and call it a gauge


Oh, so that's how that happened


IIRC, thinner and thinner wires are made by forcing the wire through more and more gauges (dies?). Like 0 gauge (or whatever the biggest is) hasn't been reduced at all, whereas 14 gauge (much smaller) has been passed through 14 successive operations to thin it down.


IIRC, in guns a gauge is the number of lead balls of x diameter that weigh one pound. So for a ten gauge you’d need ten lead balls of that diameter to weigh a pound


It makes perfect sense to do this once you realize they're just following cannon nomenclature. Much easier to say a 12 gauge or 12 bore shotgun than a 1/12th pounder or bore.


I work with fractions for my profession. Once you can visualize 8 8ths in 1 inch. 4 quarters, 2 halves. It becomes easier. I grew up on metric and got used to standard once I came to the us. Math is math. It’s the same langue doesn’t matter your mother tongue.


having worked in construction and prototyping, fractional is very easy after a little work with it. and it makes things like dividing random lengths in half almost instant.


I'm an American engineer who worked for 17 years for a company that uses metric. I've also built houses and currently build guitars. I'm comfortable in all three measurement systems, fractional inch, decimal inch, and metric. Oddly enough, the one I'm most intuitively comfortable in is decimal inch and, as far as I'm concerned, fractional inch still sucks compared to dividing by ten but I use it all the time. What's annoying about the electric guitar universe is that you have to use all three. Parts are often metric, frets live in the decimal inch world, and all the old standards for neck pockets, bridge placement, etc are fractional inch. Sometimes the dimensioning on my drawings looks really weird.


American machinist who works for a German manufacturer, here. The metric system is better. It is simpler to calculate numbers that are all based on tens. Units are easy to convert. The main problem is psychological. American society still creates reality with imperial system references. We still think in terms of inches and gallons and pounds. Even using metrics every day, my inner monologue changes a millimeter into .0394".


This is the real issue. I love the metric system, I know how to use it, but I think in imperial. Weirder it depends on the unit. I'm super ok estimating quantities of liquid in liters but I intuitively have no idea how far a kilometer is or how many kilograms I weigh.


I switched my bike computer to metric because the bigger kph metric number makes me feel better.


big brain


Technically its the same size brain, just measured with different units.


I agree. Last time I took a ruler to the bathroom with me I accidently grabbed the metric one. Centimeters makes me feel better.


I scratched the "cm" off of that ruler and wrote in "in." and feel even better now.


I scratched off the "c" so now it only says "m". Women fear me. Doctors hate me. Guys envy me. I am the ultimate being and my megaschlong will make me rule the world.


3m long? Holy crap.


> love the metric system, I know how to use it, but I think in imperial. It takes time. I was a kid when the metric system came in, in Australia in the 70's, and there are still one or two hings that I find easier to think of in the old system. Height would probably be the main one. I still find it easier to think of someone as being 6'1" than 182.5 cm. Bodyweight is probably the other one for me. Before we went metric we always talked in stones and pounds, and I tended to stick with that - until after five trips to the USA I actually just started using straight pounds. But with everything other than bodyweight I think in kilos and grams. My default for distance or speed is km's; I can still think in miles, but it feels pretty rusty now. Temperature is definitely Celsius; I have a rough idea of the Fahrenheit equivalent, but I only ever use it if I'm talking to an American. Liquid measurements, I'm completely metric. I haven't got a clue how much a gallon or a pint is these days. Overall it's a much better system though. It wasn't really that hard to get used to, though I suppose I had the advantage of only being eight or nine when it came in.


Australian who forgot what a pint was? Oh dear, let’s take this poor redditor out for a beer.


I'm Canadian, and we switched to metric long before I was born. I was taught metric throughout my childhood, never imperial. I still measure my height in feet and inches and my weight in pounds, and I use cups and table/teaspoons in baking and cooking over milliliters.


I'm Canadian and I think of some things in metric and others in imperial. People's height and weight have always been feet/inches and pounds. Long distances? Kilometres. Short distances? Feet. Temperature in Celsius, too. It's 22 degrees and gorgeous today.


A liter of water weighs one kilogram. That's the beauty of the metric system.


Also it takes 1000 calories of energy to warm 1 °C


Oh, and 1 liter is equal to 1 dm3.


Meaning: one liter is a cube of 10cm*10cm*10cm.(~4inch)


1 gallon of water weighs 8.34 lbs how about that for useless. *Edit* to correct by 3 hundredths of a pound.


Yeah. It's very much like learning a new language. You really can't say you are fluent until you stop trying to translate in your head. Same with the metric system. If you are still converting meters into yards you dont have it. It's 60 meters shouldn't go through your head as "so that's bit more than 60 yards"


Machinist here. We end up work in both systems and have no trouble with it but if you learned inches first you tend to think in inches. I've never looked at a piece of material and thought "that's about 10mm" i think "thats about 3/8s"


Gonna agree 100% on this and then tack on that there are a whole bunch of us that have thousands of dollars worth of analog imperial measuring equipment. It would save time and employer’s money in the long run to switch entirely to imperial, but there is also an upfront cost. But yeah, the thing whole “almost every American machinists suddenly having thousands of dollars of personal tools suddenly becoming worthless” is a very real thing. Well, not worthless, but converting everything isn’t ideal lol.


Converting all manufacturing companies from imperial to metric would cost an insane amount of money. You would have to switch out blueprints, measurement programs, cnc programs, tools, measurement equipment, manuals, work instructions, etc… anything critical would require an extra layer of double checking. Its not like you can have a couple high school students sit down with a calculator and redo all the blueprints for a F135 jet fighter. Plus there is the cost of issues that arise from mistakes, because those are bound to happen. I work in a large shop and its often a pain to do simple things like upgrade a machine software revision. I cant imagine the hassle of redoing the fundamentals of the unit system that every single thing in the shop is based off of. I agree that metric is better, but I can easily see why companies are not going to write a check to make that switch, given how insanely expensive it would be.


Welder fabricator here. 25.4 is ingrained in my brain lol


I like metric more, the problem is I don't relate to it at all. I don't have a sense where I "know" how a given measurement is metric "feels." Had we grown up with it, it wouldnt be a problem. I wished the schools would switch over. Me? I'm keeping my imperial, it is what I know and my entire life is kept to scale by it. Like, I know a 5'8" dude at 200lbs is probably overweight. If you told me a 80cm guy weighed 137kg's, I would have no sense of scale. Is he tall and lean, short and fat? Is 30 Celsius hot? I don't know what it feels like. 95F and humid Ive felt. 7km walk. Is that far? I need it in miles to "get it." 4 miles I "get." Is 80kph fast driving? 70mph is a great highway speed. 200 Celsius oven? Is that the temp for chicken nuggets? 400F for my tendies


>80cm guy weighed 137kg's Haha. The mental image of someone looking like that is cracking me up. Imagine a toddler twice as wide as they are tall. Maybe 3 or 4 tines as wide. 137kg makes you pretty obese, no matter how tall you are


Yeah, I actually chuckled out loud when I read it. For Imperial/"Standard" folks, 80cm and 137kg converts to a height of 2 feet 7.5 inches and a weight of 302 pounds.


Wow... Just to kind of bolster the OP's point... I just assumed he did the conversion, and that 5 foot and 8 inches was 80 cm. And that 200 lbs is 137 kg. I mean, had I thought about it for just a brief moment, I would've realized "80 cm is less than a meter, and a meter is about the same as a yard, and I know that a yard is 3 feet.... so... we're talking fucking short here." But I didn't think about it. I just took for granted that the measures were the same, and nodded along thinking "yep, me too" That said, metric CLEARLY makes way more sense. But once you spend enough time immersed in nonsense, that nonsense becomes normal. America! Fuck yeah!


Yup, even someone around 180cm weighing 100kg is a bit overweight, or they have a decent amount of muscle mass. 80cm 137kg is like a mini flesh boulder


Damn, I feel personally attacked! I'm 1.8 m tall and about 104 kg.




Dude wtf i am also EXACTLY that tall and weigh that much. Wow


Certainly drives home the point about how he doesn't have a sense for metric. Honestly neither do I. Whenever I'm building anything or something like that, I'll usually end up taking imperial measurements so I have a sense of scale, but then converting everything to metric when I'm doing the work just to make that easier.


> If you told me a 80cm guy weighed 137kg's a 80cm guy is a 1y old baby, and Aaron Donald weighs 129 kg's.


Same. European here, and hearing imperial measurements in books and movies and such gives me absolutely no intuitive relation whatsoever. ONe of the most common searches in my history is probably "feet to meter converter", etc...


You're going to have a rough time converting feet to kilograms, I think. Edit: "think", not "thing"


I'm pretty sure the weight of an average human foot is close to a Kg so, there's that.


Same. I also keep thinking 6 foot is equal to 2 meters, so I think these actors and sportsmen are tall, and then it is like, wait, they are shorter than my father. It is weird. But then again, I also have this with money (I mean, who doesn't). I still find it hard to grasp that something costs thousands, and then converted to euros it is maybe ten euro. It is wild.


Yeah, freedom to sane units are among my most numerous searches as well.


Yes all of this


That's exactly how I feel about it. I'm an American and a big fan of Formula 1. I constantly have to do conversations to be able to relate. They'll say 360 kph down the main straight, I have to do a conversion because thinking of it as 223 mph means a lot more to me. I understand the metric system and learned about it in school but it's tough to relate to it since I don't use it as my primary method


And for every non-American it's the exact opposite


And not just those. Many people in the UK still refer to their weight in stone. You'll hear "Yeah, I weigh 15 st. 2 lbs, and need to lose some weight." Bathroom scales are still widely available with stone as the unit.


Stone is something that always annoys me so much lol, like I used to watch Supersize vs Superskinny and I never understood the numbers because idk what the fuck a stone is.


Measuring weight in stones is so unnecessary too, it's like instead of ordering 130 bricks to build a wall, you order 10 dozen and 10 bricks but the bricks don't even come in dozen packs lmao


Makes sense. As a non-American, I am a mess. Areas: Imperial (square feet). Height: Metric or Imperial both work. Weight: Metric please.


This is exactly how I feel, you explained it so well.


For science and medicine, it’s great. It’s indispensable. We use it all the time. For everyday life? Don’t care. Whatever’s convenient. 2-liter bottle of soda, 1-quart bottle of milk, 750ml bottle of booze, 350°F oven, 72° and sunny, it’s all fine.


Your 750ml bottle was once called a "fifth." As in, it contains 1/5 of a gallon.


Since a fifth of a gallon is about 757ml, it’s a good match.


Yep. Mathematically, I prefer the divisions of 10. But for talking about the weather, I honestly prefer Fahrenheit. I don't care what temperature fresh water boils at at sea level when I want to know how warm it is out. And the actual units don't really matter. I'd be fine with imperial units in a metric system (ie, 10 inches in a foot, etc).


10 inches in a foot: that just sounds like metric system with extra steps


The thing about the metric system using prefixes is that each one has a meaning. A kilo is always a thousand so a decimeter and a deciliter are both a tenth of a liter and a meter. Using inches and feet would give a large amount of children headaches.


I prefer it. I'm a nurse, and most of the calculations we make are based on the metric system.


I love the metric system. I’m not sure who created it but I’d like to meter


My gram invented the metric system.She was a liter in science in her day. My aunt Milli contributed a lot as well.


Thanks a tonne


Da French


Meter? I barely know her!


I'm a design engineer, and I almost exclusively use the metric system at work. It's objectively better for anything involving calculations or unit conversions. That said, I think a big reason why the US hasn't formally switched is because the benefits of metric don't really have an impact on the day-to-day lives of most people. Miles, feet, pounds, and degrees Fahrenheit are intuitive in magnitude and have sufficient resolution for daily life. Rather than force everyone to formally switch and change everything, it's easier to just use metric where it's needed. The obvious exception is volume. English volume measurements suck and should be abolished immediately and forever.


>The obvious exception is volume. English volume measurements suck and should be abolished immediately and forever. My car gets thirty-two rods to the hogshead and that's the way I like it!


100% agreed, I have a STEM degree and everyone with a STEM degree who would benefit from the metric system already uses it in their profession. But the average person is not going to care enough to learn it and it's just going to cause mass confusion. Can you imagine speed limit signs being in kmh, but 90% of the country driving older cars with mph on their odometers


This is the most logical answer here and is way to far down this thread


Most Americans probably don’t have an opinion either way. We just go with what we were taught.


Unless you use it for work. Then trying to remember how to convert it in your head from school. I mean they taught me the metric system in school but when no one uses it, you start to forget I guess. Work has taught me more.


Yep. They’re both fine.


I’m an American living in Canada. Initially it was an adjustment but now I prefer it.


It's better in practice and theory and is of course the superior from of measurement, but when you were raised using pounds, feet, inches snd miles it's hard to change your ingrained perception.


I really couldn’t care less. I’m not a scientist. I’m not an engineer. I know about how long a foot is and about what a mile is. Converting to metric would in no way better my life in any meaningful way.


This is an honest answer and I can't help but agree. I think if we were exposed to the metric system more often, it would make more sense but I'm 30 years into the American system and only really had to use metric in junior high math. Before you downvote me, I 100% agree that the metric system IS more logical in every sense of the word.


Exactly. Being more logical just isn’t that strong of an argument for me. Sure Merric makes a a LOT more sense when learning, but after a short while of using an illogical system it just doesn’t really matter for everyday use. Is the fact that there are 12 inches in a foot dumb? Sure, but I know that there are 12 inches in a foot.


Exactly right. I use both interchangeably all the time, I work in medicine, everyday life is imperial. There is nothing difficult about imperial. There are 5280 feet in a mile. I can’t think of a single time I’ve had to figure out how many feet were in a certain number of miles other than a math problem in school


American architect, fabricator and design teacher. I live by this quote: "In metric, one milliliter of water occupies one cubic centimeter, weighs one gram, and requires one calorie of energy to heat up by one degree centigrade—which is 1 percent of the difference between its freezing point and its boiling point. An amount of hydrogen weighing the same amount has exactly one mole of atoms in it. Whereas in the American system, the answer to ‘How much energy does it take to boil a room-temperature gallon of water?’ is ‘Go fuck yourself,’ because you can’t directly relate any of those quantities." Also, in the 1950s the US standardized out units based upon, get this, the (metric) SI standard. We are just used to our standard units but I use both professionally and teach both.


> in the 1950s the US standardized out units based upon, get this, the (metric) SI standard. 1893, legally. In practice, much earlier. 1959 was when the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa agreed to use the same yard and pound.


German here; i just can't imagine why anybody would do this to themselves https://youtu.be/EUpwa0je6_Y


We use both regularly. This circlejerk is so old and tired.


This is Reddit. I guarantee that a lot of these people are 15, have never encountered it before and genuinely thought they were the first to cook up the *genius* idea of switching to metric.


I think metric makes a lot more sense.


I think it's easier to scale, so for non-physical applications it is far superior. However, as an American, I'm just more used to having a sense of what the measurements in Imperial look like in the real world, ie the physical usage, and have no external impetus for putting for the effort it would take to get up to speed in metric. It would be akin to switching to a different language, everything IRL would feel more vague to communicate for a long time, although one can eventually get used to it. As it stands, the most I've done is change my driving app into metric to get a sense of the length of kms and hundreds of meters. Would support any law and standard changes that would fully switch off of Imperial and into metric, though, just like I would support ditching daylight savings. It would be a lot of work to implement, but the long-term benefit is more important.


People act like Americans absolutely hate the metric system so much but the truth is we just don't care enough to change it cause we got other things to fix