Saturday, January 1, 2011

My New Year's Resolution

Global leaders?

Start using the Metric System in everyday conversation.

Sure, it will piss people off. Sure, it will make communication difficult. But this is really long overdue: the UK doesn't even use the Imperial System any more.

To help myself in my transition, I've come up with a useful list of equivalents. At 6' tall I'm 1.83 m. 8 kilometers is just under 5 miles. 50 kph is just under 30 mph. A half liter is a pint. I'm not even going to worry about area because I'm pretty sure nobody even knows what an acre is. One furlong by one chain? Give me a break! It sounds like something from Harry Potter.

In closing, I would like to leave you with the following: (Lord It's Hard to Be Happy When You're Not Using) The Metric System by Atom and His Package.


  1. But without the Imperial system we'd be without such rich conversions as 5376 jiggers to a hogshead or 345.8737225 gills to a firkin!

  2. I love that Atom song-always think of it when mulling over systems of measurement.