- Feb 10, 2007
English VS Metric; damn Americans are dumbI bought a folding hex wrench set from the discount bin.
English sizes on one side, Metric on the other.
Here are the sizes, in order:
Metric - 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6
English- 1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 1/8, 5/32, 3/16, 7/32
It should be obvious why even the British no longer use the English system.
The government once tried to have the U.S. catch up with the rest of the world, but gave up after massive citizen outcry.
I once worked with a guy who complained that the metric system was "too complicated".
I pointed out the example of
32/32 - 12 - 3 - 1760 VS 10 - 100 - 1000
(fraction of in. - in. in ft. - ft. in yard - yards in mile VS mm in cm - cm in meter - meters in kilometer)
He conceded that the latter was by far the simpler - but still had a strong objection to the metric system on the grounds that "they would have to change the game of football".
I can't help but to imagine this was the reasoning of most of the protestors.
Interesting that, what ever the reason, an entire country would be unwilling to put a little effort into getting used to a new standard in order to make everything substantially easier for the rest of time.
I can't think of a reason, nor have I yet to hear one, why exactly one country, out of all the many that there are, should be collectively dumber than every other.