Americans wake up! Stop living in the stone age…
You heard me right, its time to start being illuminated and wake up from the ignorance you’ve been living in. If you haven’t heard it before, let me say it to you:
The inch/lbs etc systems = Stone Age systems
We live in an age of scientific advancements, perhaps its time to put the old American ethnocentrism to the side and adapt to what I call a real system of units. Lets look at this simple example:
– Measuring distance –
USA: There is no real explicit homogeneous definition on what an inch really is nor from where it was first derived. Now compare this to the rest of the world …
The rest of the world (almost): Uses the so called meter system, the definition of 1 meter is as follows: The length of the path traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second (source). Now that’s powerful! 🙂
– Measuring heat –
“Throughout the world, except in the U.S., the Celsius temperature scale is used for practically all purposes. The only exception are some specialist fields (e.g., low-temperature physics, astrophysics, light temperature in photography) where the closely related Kelvin scale dominates instead.
Even in the U.S., almost the entire scientific world and many engineering fields, especially high-tech ones, use the Celsius scale. The general U.S. population, however, remains more accustomed to the Fahrenheit scale, which is therefore the only scale that most U.S. broadcasters use in weather forecasts.
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