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(As stolen borrowed from Brock Townsend…)


The Moneychanger

On 28 July 1866 the metric system became the legal measurement system in the US, and we’ve been ignoring it ever since. Why? ‘Tain’t human. Tain’t to the human measure.

Everybody knows an inch is as wide as your thumb, a foot as long as yours, a yard stretches from your nose to your fingertip, but what’s a meter? Why, one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole. Sounds like the sort of “scientific” nonsense that would come out of the French Revolution, and sure enough it did.

It was always interesting to me when I lived in Germany that folks at the meat market didn’t order “grams”, but a Pfund or a halbes Pfund (pound or half pound), & I don’t think I every heard anybody order a kilo of salami.

I tell y’all, metric ain’t human.

I remember when I was in high school, and the chemistry and physics teachers (Wells and Grimm, Dave!) went on-and-on about how the U.S. WAS converting to the metric system, that the rest of the world was doing it, and we WERE getting on board!  I even have a metric stick somewhere commemorating their rants!
But, it never happened…

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Metric

  1. Metric ain’t so great, although i note that America buys its soda in 2L bottles like the rest of us.

    Confused? Buy an Inchmate and shut up.

    Metric sucks. Ask me how I know (hint: I’m Canadian…).

    God Bless America, and to hell with France!

    Posted by Young, Michael D | July 31, 2015, 7:58 am
  2. But… But… Science!!! 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | July 31, 2015, 2:23 pm
  3. I will give homage to metric with my 9mms & 5.56s but my 11.455 will always be a 45 and my 7.62×63 will always be an ’06.
    If God wanted America to use meters, he wouldn’t have made football fields 100 yds long. 😉

    Posted by KM | July 31, 2015, 5:03 pm

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