Zach Rodriguez tries to practice what he preaches, which is why he reprogrammed his mother´s oven to display 180 degrees Celsius, rather than 356 degrees Fahrenheit. The 19-year-old college student from San Antonio wanted to make a poundcake. But he is a firm believer in the metric system, so baking in Fahrenheit wouldn´t do. He "metricated" the oven using "a complicated, nonintuitive sequence of button pressing," he says. Mr. Rodriguez is a member of a small, committed group of U.S. metric devotees—the vestige of a once-mighty crusade to get Americans to abandon
I cook Thanksgiving dinner at my parents´ house every year. They bought a new digital meat thermometer, and I couldn´t figure out how to get it to display Fahrenheit temperature. Thankfully, I knew how to convert. So 165F is about 74C.
Metric is so much easier. Our system of inches and feet is like the old English monetary system with its pence, farthings, shillings, etc.
He is an idiot. Metric and US, it makes no difference. Simple multiplier will do, OK in case in deg versus F it is multiplication and addition. Basic math, problem is very few people know basic math after leaving school.
Metric is easier for some things. However, I saw an article, by someone from Europe, who wrote that Imperial Units are better suited (and easier) for the types of things that most people do. He claimed that for cooking and baking Imperial units more readily divide into the ratios that are needed, especially when you want to reduce the size of the recipe. The article gives an example of why the group being discussed has failed. The guy who designed a house in metric units...using components that are sized in Imperial units where he merely converted the imperial units to metric on his plans. The resulting measurements were difficult to remember (which is easier to remember, 4´x 8´ or 121.92 cm x 243.84 cm?).
I remember when the inch was equal to 25. 4xxxxxxxx millimeters. And then one day we were told in math class that some committee had declared that from that day on the inch would be equal to 25.4 millimeters Exactly. With emphasis on the ´exactly´ being repeated for a number of years thereafter. I wondered then, and still do, why this August Committee had not seen it possible to declare the inch to be 25.0 millimeters Exactly. It would have required a bit of fiddling with the official standards for the length of the inch and millimeter, but they had to do that anyway, and if 25 millimeters equaled one inch the distinction between the ´metric´ system and English would essentially vanish. (Personally, I blame the French for this failure.)
I put ´metric system´ in quotes because most seem to think it applies only to use of millimeters, kilometers, and so on. However, the use of tenths, thousands, etc., in the English system is as old as the industrial revolution and is still very much alive and well. Ask any machinist.
And then there are fractions. Pushers of going all metric often ridicule working with fractions and make the claim that if we went European metric, students wouldn´t have to ´waste time´ learning fraction math. I think that argument comes from those who never make anything, never do any actual designing, measuring and putting together Sometimes working with thirds or sevenths is simpler than .333333´s or .14285714´s.
FTA: ""If we are considered keepers of the flame," metric-association Vice President Paul Trusten says, "it´s because the rest of the country is in darkness.""...
Wow...Man has a God-shaped hole in his heart, said Blaise Pascal, and tries to fill that hole with drugs, sex greed etc.
It´s very telling that the metric-association Vice President uses language fit for a religious zealot. It´s a Godless bunch, really...And ain´t it the way of the tyrant / busybody / leftoid to tell us the proper way to run our lives or measure our eyelashes.
And me? The metric system I can take or leave. Except when asked directions to the nearest general store, I like to say that it a few kilometers down the road (heh-heh).
There is no danger of our current government increasing the use of metric. That´s because it is lead by a president who is mathematically challenged - probably can´t add 2 + 2 without a calculator. Oh! I forgot! He probably wouldn´t know how to use a calculator. The education system that promoted him to his current level concentrated on socialist brainwashing rather than on the three R´s; especially the ´rithmatic part of those 3 R´s. I wish I could recall it - but there was some recent example of his incompetence with numbers - besides the 57 state thing.
We´re already turning into France in all other respects. Why do we have to adopt their Metric System as well? Can´t we have something left of our traditional ways? Personally, I like Fahrenheit. I like the minute gradations in temperature, instead of the massive agglutinations of Celsius. I don´t give a damn what the EU or the UN want us to do, either.
I´ll give up my inches and pounds when they pry them...etc.
No need to change our system. When I was racing sports cars I had a complete set of metric tools. With metric wrenches and sockets you can get a fit on any nut or bolt no matter what country the car came from. It came in handy that way but I have no desire to cook my turkey in Celsius.
We have other far more serious concerns to deal with. My manufacture a new one just to get your name in the WSJ? So fie on Zach and the WSJ. And if LDotters have the time or inclination to fool around with this, have at it. I am sticking with the measurement system I learned and have used for many purposes - as well as cooking with it - for decades. If it ain´t broke, don´t fix it.
I had a challenge when I bought a Harrod´s preserves cookbook. Marvelous stuff. Simply bought a metric measuring cup and a set of metric measuring spoons and that was it.
1. Well, full marks for the headline writer, and an extra pint of Guinness, too.
2. Uhhh, sorry, metricationists, but that system is every bit as arbitrary as the English system of units. It takes a cloak of sciency superiority because it makes more use of base ten, but that´s where it begins and ends. I find [and would argue] that the English units, especially everyday ones like the inch and foot, are far more intuitive and useful than the centimeter and meter. But we´d better draw that line in the sand over metric units now, ´cause with those nuts, it´s give ´em a cubit and they´ll take a furlong! 40 rods, even!
And base ten is likewise arbitrary. We use it for two reasons only. You´ll find those reasons in your pair of gloves -- your two hands... which have ten fingers.
And that means all our numerical "milestones" are arbitrary, too, like a 500-mile race, a 100-yard dash, a 100-story-skyscraper, or a 50th anniversary.
Don´t know if it is true, but I´d heard that the metric system was created so thart Napoleon would have continuity in the tribute paid to him. In Paris, there is an exemplar of the system(?), a one kilo bar one meter long etc?? Well, as far as I am concerned, if France is the originator, it ain´t gonna be used at my house.
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