Metric vs. Imperial: Three Measurement Mishaps


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Published: 1 year ago
Mixing metric and imperial measures can lead to serious problems. Here are a few mixups that have resulted in mishaps. Image: George Downs/The Wall Street Journal


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Imperual meszments needs ti be killed with fire

4 days ago

I just realized that I have been using both. Now I'm terrified of the possible mishaps.

1 week ago

Almost everywhere: Metre Kilogram Celsius

America: Inch Pound Fahrenheit



United Kingdom: Inch Pound Centimetre Chain Celsius Hectare Yard Fluid-ounce Metre Gallon Furlong Kilogram Acre Ounce Thou Mile Ton Gram Stone Tonne Pint Fahrenheit Foot Areas-the-size-of-Wales



(These are all legit used in the UK, though some are highly specific to certain circumstances; e.g. chains are only used for measuring railways and cricket pitches.)

3 weeks ago

Come back with us, Britain. 💪🏻💪🏻🇺🇸🇺🇸 #IMPERIALFORLIFE

4 weeks ago

At least we don't use metric time

1 month ago

I like KG and I like mph

1 month ago

I'm a Brit and if we go to the Imperial I will shoot my self because it will take me ages to learn imperial from metric

1 month ago

booo fake news

1 month ago

Why does a Wall Street Journal video have a British accent?

2 months ago

lets hope metric system ends up like disappears over time

2 months ago

Only the gallon, the inch, the pound, and the mile make a bit of sense.

2 months ago

+FromNorway I didn't know about the mil.

3 weeks ago

+David Sinca
That's true, but my point was that it's pretty easy to grasp how much 4 inches or 10 pounds or 2 miles are in metric units as long as I know that 1 inch = 2.54 cm, 1 pound is 0.454 kg, 1 mile is 1609 metres and so on. Most people need a calculator to convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius, because you first have to multiply by 5/9 and then subtract 18 from that.


BTW, we have a traditional distance unit in Norway and Sweden called mil (pronounced like meal ). The modern definition of it is 10,000 m or 10 km. It's still used quite a lot informally, but its official use is mostly limited to fuel consumption for cars, as that is given in litres per mil. Speed limits and distances on road signs are always given in km/h and km.

1 month ago

+FromNorway It's not stupid beacuse of that, it is stupid beacuse it's imprecise.

1 month ago

The Fahrenheit scale is the most stupid one because it doesn't even have the same starting point as the Celsius scale.

1 month ago

Imperial units are sooooo stupid. Soooooo.... stupid

2 months ago

Please don't completely change to Metric. Britain. You will be losing part of your culture and history if you replace pints with liters and miles with kilometers. Don't go to completely using Metric.

2 months ago

The best system is the one you choose in the context in which you are working.

3 months ago

If your country uses Amperes then it is using metric/SI.

3 months ago

There are like 4 countries in the world that still use imperial, England being the one that uses the messed up combination. So if the USA, Liberia and Myanmar could do us a favor and just adapt. Let's call it the race of being to stubborn to adapt.

arguments against: to expensive
That's what you get for waiting and not changing.

re-educate people:
They will finally learn the correct measuring system.

why I find it strange people defend the imperial system:
It is an old, outdated measuring system and as all systems from the past, they have to be replaced with the new findings. The Inch is derived from an average thumb. The mile is derived from 80 chain or 66'ish foot, temperature is taken from bodytemperature. All very inaccurate units. The definition of the meter is accurate within 100pecoMeters, let that sink in.

3 months ago

Haha jokes on you, I use Biblical measures

3 months ago

I was in England a few years back, and it surprised me how many imperial units were still used. I knew what miles were, not pints or stones though. Well I have heard of pints, but never of stones.
A good way of going about it would be to metrify your units. Just have a pint be half a litre and stones can be 5kg. We still use ounces and pounds in the Netherlands except its 100 and 500 grams respectively. Miles would really have to go though.
Fun fact, the first day a car almost hit me since I looked the wrong way crossing the street

3 months ago

US is a stubborn sloth

4 months ago

why cant we use a measurement conversion system at the same time.
oh, thats right,because we arre all lazy and we give ridiculous reasons no to.

4 months ago