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Grocers and butchers across Britain are demanding the right to go back to using traditional British units of measurement after Brexit.

The British Weights and Measures Association (BWMA) says an increasing number of traders want to ditch metric measurements such as kilograms and return to pounds and ounces, which were officially abandoned in 2000 thanks to European Union (EU) regulations.

Currently, British traders are allowed to display traditional measurements but they must be accompanied by their metric equivalents, and all transactions must officially be conducted in metric.

Now campaigners want to change the law to allow shops to choose which measurements they want to use.

Traditional British measurements are similar to US customary units, although with some significant differences. They are commonly known as “imperial” measurements as they were standardised in 1824 for use across the British Empire.

The British people have proved resistant to attempts at metrification over the past six decades, with road distances still officially measured in miles and yards, and draught beer and cider still legally sold by the pint.

Although state schools only teach metric units, many people still use feet and inches to measure height and stones and pounds for body weight.

The metric system was popularised by Revolutionary France and soon spread across continental Europe, before the EU adopted it as standard. In response to an EU directive, Tony Blair’s Labour government forced traders to use only metric measurements, causing great resentment and leading to prosecutions of so-called “metric martyrs” – shopkeepers who refused to abandon the old system.

Warwick Cairns from the BWMA told the Telegraph: “In 2000, to comply with European legislation, the Government made it a criminal act for a greengrocer to sell a pound of bananas.

“We thought this was outrageous then, we think it outrageous now. And with our exit from the EU, the legal basis of compulsory metrication will be repealed. It’s now time to restore freedom of choice.”

His call was backed by Conservative MP Peter Bone, who said: “Given that our biggest trading partner by a mile – the United States – is still on imperial measurements, it has always been silly that we have had to just do it in metric.

“It makes sense and is one of the advantages of coming out of the EU.

“That is one of those things that can be implemented now so that when we actually pull out it is a smooth process.

“It is a first-class idea and I hope the Government embraces it.”

  • I never fully caught on to the metric system;)

    • Justin St.Denis

      I cannot understand my weight in kilos. Simply doesn’t “speak to me”. OTOH, I cannot remember what Farenheit degrees “feel” like, but I sure know that 28 degrees Celsius is gorgeous and -12 Degrees Celsius is effing cold and -20 is awful. Anything “buildy” and I am back to feet and inches, but on paper I can only design in metric. I cannot think in “miles” anymore; they have become meaningless to me.

      In this area of life, I am wholly Canadian, I suspect.

      • Brett_McS

        That’s why we have death. It cures all such problems.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Thanks for giving me my first LOL moment of the day!

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I was ten years old when they brought the metric system into our text books.
        I still think in pounds for weight, having never mastered what a fucking stone is, and inches for height.
        How tall are you?
        Five feet two. (Not me, not really.)
        I’m fluent in degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit and regularly say them both.
        Hey, it’s twenty degrees in here or sixty eight.
        Nice day, it’s twenty seven or eighty.
        My monitor and my television are in inches.
        I measure butter in pounds not grams.
        When it comes to electrical engineering though, the metric system is the best.

        • Maggat

          Five foot two,
          Eyes are blue,
          Lips as pink as a roosters dink,
          Has anybody seen my gal?

    • Slickfoot

      I have proudly and energetically resisted…

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        So did the guys who built that Mars explorer that crashed due to a conversion error.
        A pund ezz ee fekking pund.
        But a millivolt is infinitely more useful to me at work.
        As is a megawatt and an ohm.
        Oh, dunnae forgae the decibels too, Renton.

      • dan_2000

        Most ignorant and unemployable people do, but to their own demise.

        • canminuteman

          Like they say, they are countries who have put a man on the moon, and there are countries that use metric.

          • dan_2000

            Except that Wernher von Braun put man on the moon and did all of his calculation in metric. After von Braun left and NASA tried to go it alone using USC, it was one failure after another. How many active american bases are there presently on the moon? The US can’t even go the the ISS without the help of a metric country.

        • Slickfoot

          I get it… Americans are stupid and shiftless… And you are a self righteous dick.

          • dan_2000

            Especially you. Your reaction proved that.

    • Maggat

      I was taught at one time that when Napoleon was cobbling the metric system together he decreed that the meter would be the basis of distance measurement and that his meter would be 1 millionth of the distance from the equator to the north pole, via Paris, running down the Champs Elysées Plaza and thru the Arc de’Triumph. Turns out he was off by several miles.
      The only metric measure that makes any sense is temperature.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The only reason that metric makes any sense is that it’s base ten and powers of ten.
        Aside from that it’s completely fucking arbitrary in how it is defined.
        I decree that the meter is based on a thousand heartbeats of iridium is just as arbitrary as a cubit.
        And nobody looks at someone and says are you a hundred and thirty centimeters tall.
        The only time Fahrenheit and Celsius approach a stopped clock is at minus forty.

        • Blacksmith

          It is the 10 factor that is the selling point and like you say the only part that makes sense. It still easier to me to use what I grew up with.

          • dan_2000

            The only thing in the metric system that connects with the powers of 10 or a factor of 10 are the prefixes. There is nothing sacred about 10 otherwise.

        • Justin St.Denis

          You NAILED it, Dance! 😉

        • tom_billesley

          My favourit metric measure is the Newton, it’s about the weight force of an apple.

          • Maggat

            OK then, what in the hell is a Fig Newton?

          • tom_billesley

            What the Brits call a Fig Roll.
            Nabisco Newtons don’t have figs in any more.

        • canminuteman

          I don’t think the division by ten is a selling point. It makes arithmetic easier, but feet and inched are way more practical sizes than millimeters and meters.

          !2 is the ideal number for inches in a foot. It divides evenly by 2,3 and for. If you are designing and building things you tend to want to divide things by 2,3 and 4, not 10,100, and 1000.

          • dan_2000

            That is done quite beautifully in metric construction via the 100 mm module. Standard wood comes in sheets of 1200 mm x 2400 mm or 2400 mm x 4800 mm and can be divided by a large number of factors. There is nothing special about 10 in the metric system other than the prefixes relate to each other via powers of 10.

          • canminuteman

            Actually, they are not, they are 2240 by 1220 according to my research. Given that the kurf of a saw blade is about 2mm, isn’t it easier to deal with the numbers 4 and 8?

          • dan_2000

            No, in metric countries they are 1200 x 2400. Only the US has the odd size of 1220 x 2240.

      • tom_billesley

        1 ten-millionth (circumference of earth about 40,000 km).

    • Blacksmith

      I have to work on metric machines and have had to learn to use the metric system. I struggle when I go to Canada because the distances adn speed are all screwed up. I am stuck in my ways about feet and miles.

      • dan_2000

        To your demise. The Germans and the Chinese as well as other nations are passing you by because they fully understand the metric system. The whole world does.

    • dan_2000

      That’s because you’re stupid.

  • Second look at Burma?

    • dan_2000

      Burma has been metricating since 2013. The Germans are helping them. Take them off that list.

  • FivePointSpurgeon

    Last Christian country? Based on what? The tens of millions of aborted, same sex mirage, the billions spent on pr0n or that Mentally Hill is even a candidate?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Who spends money on porn?

      • FivePointSpurgeon

        Somebody must. Last estimate I heard was north of $700M per year.

    • dan_2000

      …and those who can’t spell.

  • canminuteman

    Metric is arguably better for science and engineering, but compared to our Imperial system it sucks for everyday use.

    • Clausewitz

      I found on my trip to Europe that we older Canadians are helpful to Americans in translating metric to Imperial. Younger Canadians would be a total write off.

      • dan_2000

        You do a disservice to the Americans. They need to learn, not have someone pamper them with translations. Or do you hate them that much that you want to see them fail?

        • Clausewitz

          Yep you sure did pick the correct Avatar.

    • dan_2000

      Tell that to the billions around the world who use it for everyday use. The difference they are intelligent and you are not. That comment of yours proves this point.

  • Backa Bock

    This sounds a lot like canada.

  • Blind Druid

    I gotta say that I find Metric much easier, but then again, I have a scientific background.
    if you were taught nothing but metric there would be no problem, but 16 ounces to the pound and 14 pounds to the stone is archaic crap. Just like 12 pence to the shilling and 20 shillings to the pound.

    • Clausewitz

      So what you’re saying is that modern man coming out of our institutions of learning is less intelligent than an illiterate from back in the 18th century. I remember in grade eight learning the monetary system of about 20 different countries, but that was an enrichment class.

      • vwVwwVwv

        take 10 modern european man and give each a match to light a fire.

      • dan_2000

        Learning trivial nonsense does not make you enriched, it just makes you boring.

        • Clausewitz

          No, what I’m saying is that most people have a capacity for learning more than one system of measurements unlike you.

          • tom_billesley

            I’ve had to work on calculations for old railway bridges when the only surviving information was on drawings with dimensions and notes using Imperial units.

          • dan_2000

            Most people can’t even learn one correctly, let alone two. Then there are those that pretend they know two but know none.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      If I had to calculate dBm in base twelve or sixteen it would bring down the power grid in my province.
      Says a lot about me but I don’t care.
      Shift me a decimal point in base ten and leave me alone.
      The lights are still on.

      • Justin St.Denis

        That was fuckin’ funny!

    • FivePointSpurgeon

      Try telling someone there’re 5280 feet in a mile or an acre is 208 by 208.

      • Blacksmith

        I had an argument with a brit last week about how many feet in a mile. I told him to look it up, I haven’t heard back. He is a good friend so we will revisit it later.

        • tom_billesley

          He couldn’t “fathom” it?

      • tom_billesley

        An acre is easy – it’s a furlong by a chain. The furlong (furrow long) is the distance your oxen plough a furrow before you turn them around, and the measuring chain for the width of your strip of land is 22 yards, the distance between cricket stumps. A furlong is ten chains, a bit of decimal system having crept in. It all makes sense to an Englishman.

        • dan_2000

          A hectare is easier, it is a square hectometre or 10 000 m^2.

      • dan_2000

        The whole world would find that to be useless chatter. Only Luddites think it is meaningful.

  • Brett_McS

    The Brits are really trying to pull the plaster off slowly. One quick pull in the ’70s and we were all metric in Australia, and imperial rulers were actually banned for a while to drive home the point. I still remember the jingle we learnt for going to Centigrade:

    Tingling 10s
    Temperate 20s
    Thirsty 30s
    Flaming 40s

    Don’t know one that would suit you Canadian people with negative temperatures.

    • Clausewitz

      We just sang, “Fuck Trudeau”. He was the bastard responsible for our conversion since he hated all things British.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        We didn’t need metric as a reason to sing Fuck Trudeau.

        • Clausewitz

          True, but it still is one of the many reasons.

        • Maggat

          No, but it helps.

      • dan_2000

        But since you are metric ignorant, it is you are fucked!

        • Clausewitz

          Who says I’m metric ignorant? So why don’t you take that 454 gram application of the drug of your choice and stick it up your kilometre wide ass.

          • dan_2000

            Why 454 g? Those of us in the real metric world go for increments of 100 g. We pick simple, easy to work with round numbers. No wonder you struggle to use measurements and are a failure.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I love Australians even though I think we have a Commonwealth sibling rivalry.
      Canada and Australia are the kids who grew up and said fuck you mom and dad this is my house.

      • dan_2000

        But at least Australia was a roaring success with completing metrication. Anyone opposed is either long gone or forced into hiding by their shame.

  • J. C.

    My weight in Metric is 76 kgs… Makes me feel like I’m skinnier than I already am! 😉

    • Alain

      LOL

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Fat bastard!

    • Blacksmith

      One of my large shop anvils weighs 110 KG, I weigh more than that, but I am near 2 meters in height.

      • J. C.

        Me too, hence the ‘skinny’ comment…
        I think the next time anyone enquires about my weight, I’m going to say that I’m 12 stone… That oughtta get me a confused look! 😉

  • xavier

    I prefer metric but find the old system better for cooking. In any case i’ve always mixed the 2 systems for cooking, paper and fixed expressions

    • dan_2000

      Real chefs cook only in metric. That is why people go to their restaurants. When they try to duplicate the recipes at home using imperial it tastes like dog do-do.

  • ismiselemeas

    Q: How can you tell what clan a Scotsman is from?
    A: Put your hand up his kilt, if he’s got a quarter pounder he’s a McDonald!

    • dan_2000

      What if he has a Hamburger Royale?

  • simus1

    Lots of American industrial and consumer product stuff is metric based. Of course that doesn’t always mean things like fasteners are exactly the same as Euro items.
    British Imperial measurements were introduced to help thwart those darn Yankees who were smuggling their banned products into Canada in the old common quart/gallon containers for trans shipment to Britain.

  • vwVwwVwv

    knowing both, the metric is beter for math, its decimal, kids dont lose time with
    turning pounds in to ounces and galons in to volumina.
    1 kg is the waight of 1 Liter of water on see levle, one liter fits in a box of 10x10x10 centimeter, 1 milimeter is 1/10 of a centimeter, 100 centimeter is a meter,
    1000 meter is a kilometer, everything easy to count, to mesure and
    as i sayd beter. the worst enemy of the good is beter.

    • tom_billesley

      The difficulty is when you try to use both systems and get confused. NASA lost its Mars Climate Orbiter in 1999 because the navigation team at JPL used metric units while Lockheed Martin used US units
      http://articles.latimes.com/1999/oct/01/news/mn-17288

      • vwVwwVwv

        no realy? you are joking no?

      • dan_2000

        Everything made in the US, except automobiles and heavy machinery is mixed metric and USC, thus a hybrid. A real costly mess. No wonder so many companies have elected to buy German or export their manufacturing to China. It’s the only way to get around the nonsense.

    • canminuteman

      But a kilogram isn’t a unit of weight, It’s a unit of mass. The Newton is the unit of weight. But we can’t “mass ” things easily so we weigh them instead but call the resulting number a mass.

      • vwVwwVwv

        right

      • tom_billesley

        In the metre-kilogram-second system, the unit of force is a Newton. It’s a mass of one kilogram with an applied acceleration of one metre per second per second. Acceleration due to gravity is 9.81 m/s/s (typical value on Earth’s surface). Weight force of a kilogram mass is thus 9.81 Newtons. One Newton is about a tenth of the weight force of a kilogram mass, roughly the weight force of an apple. In the apocryphal story Newton was inspired to think about gravity when he was hit on the head by an apple as he sat under an apple tree.

        In the foot-pound-second system, the unit of force is a poundal. It’s a mass of one pound with an applied acceleration of one foot per second per second. Acceleration due to gravity is 32.2 ft/s/s. Weight force of a pound mass is thus 32.2 poundals.

        • canminuteman

          I know what a newton is. It’s a totally useless unit of measure. I use torque wrenches calibrated in newton meters. A foot lb is a pretty easy thing to visualize, a newton meter is meaningless to everyone I know, even the young’ns who were only taught metric. I deal with air pressure a lot and sometimes we use KPa and sometimes we use psi. What is irritating is when the old number was 100 psi, and it could be plus or minus 20 and still be good and the converted number is 689 kpa when 700 or 600 would be just as good. By writing it as 689 they are implying a degree of tolerance which just isn’t there.

          I have never heard of a poundal before. I thought the slug was the imperial unit of force. When I was in college 30 odd years ago we used to use the lb(f) as a unit of measure in physics problems where gravity is a factor.

          I don’t like mass, because we don’t “mass” things, we weigh them then figure out their mass because we know what gravity is.

          This is only of interest to people in the sciences (off topic but in the business I am in I have seen measurements quoted by engineers in lbs per mm) If I am cooking I like cups, rather than grams. I can stick a cup in a bag of flour/sugar and get what I need. If it’s in grams I have to pull out the kitchen scale. (then I measure how many cups it is for future reference)

          • tom_billesley

            A slug is a unit of mass equal to 32.2 pounds mass. It never really caught on.
            1 pound force (lbf) accelerates a slug mass at 1 ft/s/s
            1 pound force (lbf) accelerates a pound mass at 32.2 ft/s/s

  • tom_billesley

    Imperial units are still used for some things in the UK. Speed limits and road sign distances are still in miles. You can still ask for a pint of beer – they didn’t change the pint glasses in the pubs, though they may officially be 568 millilitres. These pints are bigger than US pints – 20 fluid ounces instead of 16. Milk is still delivered to the doorstep by the pint in glass bottles. Babies are born in pounds and ounces.

    • dan_2000

      They actually did change the glassware but kept the name. Pints are poured into 570 mL glassware, mostly imported. Beer sold in bottles and wine are all full metric, usually 500 mL. Even wine sold in pubs is usually in increments of 25 mL or 35 ml. Units of alcohol always means 10 mL of alcohol or 8 g.

      Babies are born in grams, check the hospital scales and the official birth records. Someone later on miscalculates or guesses the imperial conversion and no one cares if it is wrong and no one complains. As long as the official metric measurements found in the hospital records is all that matters.

      Pint glass bottles are few and far between. An obsolete practice to deliver milk to the door in glass bottles.

      • tom_billesley

        I guess my milkman is practically obsolete then.

        • dan_2000

          Yes, and it appears you are too. How much more do you pay to have someone bring milk to your door?

  • John

    Somehow Canada didn’t entirely buy into this. For example, flat-screen T.V.s are still measured in inches, and condos, houses etc are still priced according to square feet. And farm size is still given in acres.