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Uh oh. Hold onto your yardsticks! America is making the push to go metric again.
Yes, it’s starting all over again. Those international loving do-gooders are attempting to convert everyone to the metric system again. This will be fun to watch.
They thought they had everybody hoodwinked (I mean convinced) back in the 1970s to fully adopt the metric system. President Jimmy Carter was all for it back then. He subsequently was trounced by Ronald Reagan (a former “foot”-ball player) and no president has dared take that stand again.
They actually made a lot of progress. Even today soda bottles and car engines are measured in liters, not quarts or cubic inches. We buy electricity in kilowatt-hours (still at enormous prices) and we have 5K and 10K runs. However, we still talk in Fahrenheit, measure in miles between cities and drink 32-ounce fountain sodas except in New York City, where they are banned.
We even measure poetry in meters and base creatures’ names on the metric system. (See centipede, millipede.) Snakes went metric a long time ago and are measured in meters, because as everybody knows they don’t have any feet.
It seems we started the conversion and then got stuck halfway. Now I’m a fairly open-minded individual who is actually willing to take a look at this one more time for the sake of international harmony, even if it means adopting some crazy, ridiculous idea from Europeans, the same people who brought us World War I and World War II.
One major advantage often talked about is that the metric system is easier to work with because it is based on tens and our system is more difficult to make conversions because you have to learn to divide and multiply by such quirky numbers like say, 3, 12 and 5,280. Can I help it if foreigners have more trouble with math than we do?
I say we go full speed ahead and start converting tomorrow. Before you know it, we won’t even remember there was another system at all. Let’s start by insisting carpenters start measuring things in centi-feet, milli-yards and deka-inches. Then when your kitchen remodel turns into a nightmare because nothing fits, go eat your 2 kilo-calorie protein bar and have a liter-size beer to help you forget it.
We will have weather forecasters telling us that we will have a high of 3 deka-celsius. Flights will cruise at altitudes of 35 kilo-feet and your child will complain it’s too hot to play outside when you are insisting they put on a jacket because the thermometer says it’s only 45 degrees out (113 Fahrenheit).
So what happens to baseball and football? Will the base paths change from 90 feet to 30 meters? Will a first down now be 10 meters instead of 10 yards? Will sports become a game of centimeters, not inches?
In today’s world there are only two countries besides the United States that haven’t adopted the metric system. Liberia, where the dreaded Ebola virus was rampant; and Burma, a country with an appalling human rights record. Hmmm, not sure if I want to be on that list anymore.
One thing’s for certain. Once you start adopting this crazy system, the metric police will be everywhere, enforcing it with brute force. And as we all know, if you give a guy an inch, he begins to think he’s a ruler.
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