I’d prefer to say “I rode my bike for 60 Kilometers today,” over “I rode my bike for 37.2822 today… or even 38 to round it out. 60 at least sounds like I did more! Okay, so what do I know of the metric system? By the way, the metric system is now called the International System of Units, or SI. But back to what I know.
|Love this. Makes more sense to me than the "stupid" image below..."wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean...?!"|
Really, I only know that it uses increments of 10 instead of the haphazard “imperial system.” Haphazard I say, only because it’s like learning a language, you have to memorize the imperial system to use it. For us in the States, we use the imperial system because we’re used to it. Our parents used it before us and so that’s what we learned.
|One of only three countries who doesn't use the metric system.|
We’re one of only three countries worldwide, and the only “industrialized country” that hasn’t mandated metrics as the basis of measurement, much less use it regularly. I like the metric system. It’s easy and once you’re used to it, easier and faster to calculate. And you don’t have to memorize anything because it’s all 10s.
|The American attitude toward the metric system?|
|20 fl oz is easier to imagine, right? Than 591 milliliters!|
|And yet, if I were familiar with metric this one would be the easier to relate to.|
In France everything is metric, so I learn something new each time I go and I’m even beginning to “imagine” or judge distances, lengths, measurements in cooking somewhat accurately when using metrics.
|All in metric except for the serving size? Proves we can relate to what "one cup" is...|
Yet here in the States we do use it, as you can see on the Macaroni & Cheese label here. We are aware of the metric system and I think subconsciously we're getting acclimated to it...What do you think of metrics? Do you think we should make it the “official” way of measuring in the US of A?
|Do you find this confusing?!|