Why America still uses Fahrenheit


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Published: 1 year ago
Fahrenheit, explained to the rest of the world


Since I've moved to the US in 2010, there's one thing that I still don't fully understand: the imperial system. Virtually every country on earth uses Celsius but America has yet to follow. Although it might not seem like a big deal, not using the metric system puts America at a great disadvantage. For example, American kids have to learn 2 sets of measurements making science education even more difficult. On top of that, American companies have to produce extra products to export to metric countries. So why does the United States still have such an antiquated system of measurement?

Read more about Fahrenheit here: https://www.vox.com/2015/2/16/8031177/america-fahrenheit

Read more about the metric system here: https://www.vox.com/2014/5/29/5758542/time-for-the-US-to-use-the-metric-system


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To all the ignorant people in the comments, These countries/ Islands also use Fahrenheit: Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Palau and US associated territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Also it's not our fault we have had this system for so long it would be impossible to get over 325.7 million people to convert to the metric system. And no, I don't think America is better than any country, I think all countries are equal. Also at the age of 10 I already knew how to understand both systems of measurements. We are taught these at a young age. Also, I personally think it's a good thing to know both, so all of you calling America Ignorant can stop cause you need to check your facts and so does this video.

1 hour ago

What you find difficult about our system, we find easy.

2 hours ago

The irony. A person refusing to conform to a local system that refuses to conform to a wider system. Tell me there is no projection in this video.

Also, Fahrenheit is actually better for casual depictions of the weather. Celsius is great for scientific calculations, but most people don't really do that nearly as often as simply describing the weather. For simply describing a human experience, why not use a system more based on human perception rather than one based on the state transitions of a molecule?

Scientists convert between all kinds of units all the time. It is really, really easy compared to most of what they do. The entire reason the satellite was news was because of how stupid the blunder was. Satellites can fail at any point of time from any single miscalculation, and they usually do without becoming news. True, the conversion from metric to imperial is one more point of failure, but it is still only just that; a single point of failure among millions if not billions.

23 hours ago

Then go back to your Celsius using countries ya commies.

1 day ago

We Americans still use Fahrenheit because the F stands for FREEDOM

1 day ago

But we’re America, who else cares about the rest of the world. We are the best, obviously.

1 day ago

Because we can.

1 day ago

Then use Kelvin.

1 day ago

And celcis idk how to spell it makes it seem cold.

1 day ago

Why make things simple when you can make them complicated? As I understand it, Americans (at least the general public), are rather backwards and set in their ways. Maybe they are also somewhat intellectually challenged ? Or do they think that, since Imperial system is what they use , as they are Americans, they are right, and the rest of the world should just adapt?

1 day ago

Easy answer, Americans are stubborn. There is a belief that Japan, China, and the European space agencies are leaving the US out of the Mars mission because they'd have to work with our numbers not the standard metric system.

1 day ago

Child, American uses the frickin metric system for science, I use it in class too, So NASA obviously does. YOU S T U P I D.

44 minutes ago

1) If it doesn't affect you in real life, your opinion about it doesn't really matter. It's Americans who have to live with it, and by and large they are okay with using both systems for different applications.

2) You can argue the 'superior logic' of metric all you want, but this ignores that measurement systems have been and always will be cultural products. Saying that everyone in the world should use metric exclusively is like saying that everyone in the world should speak [insert language] exclusively. Would it make communication easier? Sure. Are some languages objectively simpler/easier than others? Yes. That doesn't mean it's a good idea for everyone to speak it though. US customary units are a piece of American culture.

3) Despite continuing to use a stupid, archaic, illogical etc. system of measurement, somehow the USA managed to become the most economically powerful nation on the planet. Hmm...Must not really be so important after all.

1 day ago

Hey if Freddie Mercury uses Fahrenheit then we all use Fahrenheit

1 day ago

America the stubborn

1 day ago

0:52, she pronounces Celsius as “salsyus”

1 day ago

Technically Canada is metric but the only thing everyday people use metric for is km for distance/speed for driving otherwise it's mostly imperial, even with temperature a lot of the pre-millennial generations use Fahrenheit, and unless you were playing wii fit 2 or being weighed/ height measured by a specialist even the young people use feet/inches and pounds outside of science class. We have a lot of American influences in our midst cause like movies and such

1 day ago

Its a stupid backwards country, no one is surprised they still use it.

1 day ago

hello reddit

1 day ago

Because making america great again - thats why the usa still uses an outdated, almost never used measuring system. simple. ignorant in the face of overwhelming FACTS. i grew up with both because we up here in canada changed back in 1971. took a number of years to get used to the slow change. tragic that america uses such a goofy system - perhaps they love imperialism too much. jerks...............i vote we send trumpy and crew to the moon - whitey jr.

2 days ago

I was watching a video once and the dude said 50 degrees and I was like”boi that’s cold” then I realized he lived in England

2 days ago

Even google assistant can handle user preferences like default currency and preferred system.

2 days ago

Only 7 years? Fake American accent lol.

2 days ago

It's worse in the UK in a way, because in classic British fashion, we've got one foot in and one out. We buy Coke in 2 litre bottles, but enjoy a pint of Beer. Car dimensions are now in millimetres, but we measure height of a person in feet and inches. A bag of sugar is 1kg or 500grams, but the weight of a person is often still measured in Stone, which barely anyone else in the world understands. Petrol and Diesel are priced per litre, but fuel consumption is measured in miles per Gallon. Not even the US Gallon either, it's the Imperial Gallon, which is larger! We're slowly transitioning to metric, but slowly is the operative word. Oh, and older people here still like to use Farenheit, and many weather reports quote both Farenheit and Celsius. Great, isn't it?

2 days ago

Yeah, you're learning more ways to measure stuff.

46 minutes ago

I honestly don't understand Fahrenheit that well. I just think if it's under 70 degrees, it's cold. if it's over 70 degrees, it's warm or hot. But I continue to use the other imperial versions of other things like pounds as weight.

2 days ago

A lot of people don’t realize than manufactures use the metric system when they export items, and in American schools and textbooks in metric system Is used more that the imperial.

2 days ago

i was never even taught Celsius in Iowa. We’re just a ton of yee-haws I guess lol

3 days ago

why Americans are so stupid

3 days ago

The only reason why people bash everyone else is because they are ignorant. Why do you even care what goes on in a country that you have nothing to do with? This even happens here in the U.S. between states. "My state is better than your state." It usually happens with places that are better than others. People say they hate California, but it is a state loaded with beauty and the 5th largest economy in the world all by itself. When you are the best, people tend to bash you. It's all cool. As long as you think where you live is the best, than more power to you.

3 days ago

Or just change weather apps to Celsius

3 days ago

I have a very simple solution to all of these conversion issues. The rest of the world should bite the bullet and switch to the imperial system of measurement.

3 days ago

I think the reason the USA likes the Fahrenheit system is because it fools them (or makes them feel good) with a larger number, thinking it's warmer than it actually is! :D

3 days ago

I moved to the US from Canada 5 years ago and I still use celsius. I have my weather app set to celsius and my friends and I have discovered that any conversations involving weather can get confusing for both parties.

3 days ago