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30-Year-Old Just Discovered How Ridiculous The Imperial System Is, Can’t Believe Not Everyone Is Using The Metric System
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Every time the US citizens dare to complain about their weather, people who live outside the states usually mock them for the use of Fahrenheit, as pretty much no one knows temperature they’re exactly describing. But the temperature scale is not the only measurement that has people around the globe confused. Why? Because the USA uses the imperial system while most of the world uses the metric system.

As a system, the imperial unit system was first defined in the British Weights and Measures Act of 1824. It was later reduced and refined, however, most of the countries that used it (the British Empire and colonies) have since moved to metric system units. Well, not our dear ole states. They simply switched some things up, put a label “United States customary units” on it and went on their merry way. Still, doesn’t mean it’s not going to confuse the rest of the world, who are happily using the simplistic metric units of measurement.

And it surely confused one funny Twitter user, Innes McKendrick, who went on quite a rant after taking a closer look at some of the measurements. “The reason I made the horrific discovery was a paragraph in Mike Clelland’s Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips book: “The math here is all done in ounces. With 16 ounces to a pound, conversion gets a little tricky otherwise, unlike that ingenious metric system”. Obviously, I was floored. SIXTEEN. Wow. I guess I figured it would be about 12, but never bothered to check given that I’m more than adequately served by the universally superior metric system” McKendrick told Bored Panda. He also went on to explain that he’d not be coming back to the topic of the imperial system as he feels he does not possess the “mental fortitude to take a second look”. Scroll down below to read what his funny tweets, and don’t forget to tells us what you think in the comments!

### One Twitter use decided to take a closer look at the imperial system and it sent him on quite the rant

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McKendrick is a video game programmer and calls himself “universally unknown,” but says this isn’t the first time he has caused a stir on the internet. “If anyone is aware of me it’s probably because of a time I got really angry about egg cups, or the time I started a petition to be able to drink the cursed liquid found inside an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. Which failed. They didn’t let me drink it.”

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As the thread continues McKendrick provides more evidence as to why he calls the system a “sadistic horrorshow of mismatched measurements and illogical divisions.” Perhaps a strong reaction to some but as he told the outlet, “Just look at the imperial system Look at it. I would say, if anything, my reaction was not strong enough.”

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To add fuel to the fire McKendrick said the thread had prompted some people to reach out and share their knowledge, “People keep trying to tell me more about the imperial system, which is obviously beyond awful for me. I’m getting DMs from men who really want nothing more than for me to memorize the conversion between different imperial units (I won’t) or to admit that Fahrenheit is at times a more useful system (it isn’t),” he said.

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An oxgang or bovate is a land measurement that was used in England and Scotland in the early 16th century. This measurement averaged 20 acres or eight hectares but could also be as low as 15 acres or 6 hectares. The measurement refers to the amount of land one ox could till in a plowing season.

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For people who thought the reason for his anger had to do with math itself he clarified that that was not the issue “I’m not baffled or incapable of basic maths. I absolutely do not need help understanding imperial measurements. I fully understood, from one glance at a conversion chart and another glance back to our decimal number system, that imperial is an utter shitshow and I’m far better served by the excellent, consistent and logical metric system.”

## Here’s how people responded to the long rant

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r3dd3v1lL
Community Member
3 years ago

Caps lock issues aside, the guy is 100% right. Why anyone would use such a ridiculous system is beyond me. I especially love this diagram that "clarifies" everything. I also "love" the Farenheit system- at what temperature does water freeze- 32. Why use 0 when you have 32? It's not like most people go to the beach or under the AC when it's 32 outside in the summer. And that's not even going in the whole AM/PM bullshit. Why can't people count to 24? Oh and the month/ day/ year thing needs to die a quick and ignominious death too.

Maci Wilcox
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

I go to an American public school, and in science class we actually use a mix of both systems, which is - surprise! - still really confusing XD

triumvarate complete
Community Member
3 years ago

I still don't understand why we don't just convert to the metric system like the rest of the world

Bunzilla
Community Member
3 years ago

The US is apparently actually SUPPOSED to be using metric... it's just that nobody wants to bother switching over. And school systems aren't teaching it for some reason? Considering the fact that the rest of the world uses metric, you'd think it'd be a priority to teach it to school children.

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

He should move to the UK. I'm a Gen X mess: Distance and speed on the roads: Miles Distance from Office to Fire Escape: Metres Height: Feet and inches Body Weight: Stone Weight of a block of cheese: Grams Soft drinks: 500ml bottle Milk/booze: Pints Cocaine: Grams Weed: Ounces

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

Sorry for the lack of full stops everyone. Wrote it in a list and it autocrrected.

r3dd3v1lL
Community Member
3 years ago

Caps lock issues aside, the guy is 100% right. Why anyone would use such a ridiculous system is beyond me. I especially love this diagram that "clarifies" everything. I also "love" the Farenheit system- at what temperature does water freeze- 32. Why use 0 when you have 32? It's not like most people go to the beach or under the AC when it's 32 outside in the summer. And that's not even going in the whole AM/PM bullshit. Why can't people count to 24? Oh and the month/ day/ year thing needs to die a quick and ignominious death too.

Maci Wilcox
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

I go to an American public school, and in science class we actually use a mix of both systems, which is - surprise! - still really confusing XD

triumvarate complete
Community Member
3 years ago

I still don't understand why we don't just convert to the metric system like the rest of the world

Bunzilla
Community Member
3 years ago

The US is apparently actually SUPPOSED to be using metric... it's just that nobody wants to bother switching over. And school systems aren't teaching it for some reason? Considering the fact that the rest of the world uses metric, you'd think it'd be a priority to teach it to school children.