Don’t have to link to anyone today, because I came up with today’s prompt, which is “inch.”
We Americans take a lot of crap for not using the metric system in everyday life. Food is sold in pounds and ounces (or gallons, quarts, pints and cups), distance is measured in miles, length in feet, yards and inches, temperatures are reported in Fahrenheit, etc. We “should be” using grams, meters, liters and degrees centigrade/Celsius. So, why don’t we?
You got me. I’ve been hearing for years (more than Jim Gaffigan) that we had to learn the metric system, that the United States was going metric, we’d better get used to seeing milk sold in 4-liter bottles and buying meat by the kilogram, not to mention that our speed limit would soon be 88 km/hr rather than 55 mph and we’d be buying gas by the liter rather than the gallon, and the distance from Chicago to Milwaukee (or Atlanta to Chattanooga) would now be 144 kilometers instead of 90 miles, blah blah blah…
Then, nothing. A bag of pretzels would (and still does) tell us that it was 1 lb. (454 g), a can of Coke would tell us it was 12 oz (355 ml), and the temperature would be reported as 37° (3°C), and some distances, like the length of the left-field line at Comiskey Park, would be shown as 355 ft (108 m), but given the choice between feet and meters, ounces or milliliters, and Fahrenheit or Celsius/centigrade, we went with the former, because we did have a choice.
See, officially the United States uses the metric system, but it’s not mandatory. Companies have learned that there are advantages to using the metric system, and that it’s a whole lot easier to do business internationally using it. The scientific community has used it for years. My guess is, if the US Customary units of measure were to disappear from cereal boxes and gas pumps, we’d manage. There’d be a lot of grousing about it, naturally…
Personally, I don’t care. Given my choice, I’d probably use metric, if for no other reason than I had to learn it in grammar school. Converting between the two is a bitch, though.
And now a word from Pepsi-Cola. Pepsi-Cola Hits The Spot!
“Pepsi-Cola hits the spot,
355 milliliters, that’s a lot!”
Nah, doesn’t work…