Is The Metric System Actually Better?

15. aug.. 2020
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
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  • Who needs the metric system? makes measuring much harder then it already is.

    Bald EagleBald Eagle7 timer siden
  • Why is that even a question?

    MaxiephlyMaxiephly13 timer siden
    • Imperial is better and more efficient

      Bald EagleBald Eagle7 timer siden
  • Can US not just chage name on the units? Like a 1yard = 1m, 1foot = 1dm, 1Ince =1cm and so on.

    MulenirMulenir15 timer siden
    • No Also, deci centi, hecto and deca should be avoided, as far as is possible. The Metric System Is Better By A Thousand. Please see

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne19 timer siden
  • God ı hate mile,yard,feet,pound,mph,square feet etc. They make no sense to me.

    PinkStarPinkStarDag siden
    • The metric system is too hard to use

      Bald EagleBald Eagle7 timer siden
    • Same

      Teresa DalyTeresa DalyDag siden
  • The smug is strong with this one. Hexadecimal, binary, imperial, metric; math is math and doesn’t care

    Bry GuyBry GuyDag siden
  • If metric is so good then why do all the unit names in imperial sound better? Checkmate, atheist

    PanzerDragonPanzerDragonDag siden
    • I really shouldn't have to say it but this is a joke. Please direct your snarky comments elsewhere, thanks

      PanzerDragonPanzerDragonDag siden
  • As a kid, I thought America was the best country in the world. Now I just laugh at their 3rd world shenanigans

    Tjen De NysTjen De NysDag siden
    • America is the greatest country, wha5 more could you want from a country

      Bald EagleBald Eagle7 timer siden
  • Just the idea to measure height with two different scales in the same expression... Feet and inches, raise the 11 feet 8 inches high bridge by 8 inches and you get a bridge that is 12 feet and 4 inches high..

    apelsin19apelsin19Dag siden
  • Looking this is a waste of time...

    Gregor SamsaGregor SamsaDag siden
  • He didn’t really touch on temperature much, but this is one area where you could argue that imperial units have an advantage, at least when it comes to weather. Yes, there is an elegance to having °C defined by the freezing and boiling points of water. But that 0°-100°C range doesn’t comport well with the range of temperatures humans experience. Let’s put it this way: 0°-100°F nicely describes a range of temperatures humans see regularly (really cold to really hot) much more intuitively that -18° to 38°C does.

    jeffgobluejeffgoblueDag siden
  • The only reason why most people in the US defend the imperial system as being superior, is that they think they invented it.

    matthias060687matthias060687Dag siden
  • The metric system is better because running a kilometer is not as strenuous as a mile.

    Horst GirtewHorst Girtew2 dager siden
  • hilarious!

    Sergei Anissimov-PihlSergei Anissimov-Pihl2 dager siden
  • Imperial is based

    Stalin's Favorite GopnikStalin's Favorite Gopnik2 dager siden
  • these units-misunderstanding-mistakes are hilarious

    НиколайНиколай3 dager siden
  • a Marika must do what England say and it say - IMPERIAL. even if USA is no longer his Colony. Look, Founding Fathers of USA used Imperial Units, so when someone will change units - he is against Founding Fathers, against a Marika (North Marika at least) and against The Queen. that person is unforgivable traitor. And, BTW, these units-misunderstanding-mistakes are hilarious.

    НиколайНиколай3 dager siden
  • It's not the unit in itself that makes the metric system superior, rather it being a base-10 system -which I whole-heartedly agree with you on as being better. However, the knowledge of the Planck Constant exposes the metric measurements itself as arbitrary in regard to the units of measurement itself. Using your position against the Imperial System, the current metric units should then be adjusted from "6.626" x 10-³²kg.m²/s and be based on "10" x 10-(?)kg.m²/s to keep it a solid base-10 all the way down to smallest measurable unit. We start with a "Planck" and give clever names to each set up to a new standard for the, cm, m, km etc... In short, we should be considering a universal base-10 measurement system that is based on the universal constant of the Planck Constant as a base measurement. ...that is, if we're truly going to adhere to the code of science and let go of any nationalistic or personal pride about this subject and evolve accordingly.

    CyberGolemCyberGolem3 dager siden
  • Same thing with languages. No more translations, let’s just use English it’s already the lingua franka, the metric system of languages. We can and should call it Earthish.

    Kalt KaltKalt Kalt3 dager siden
    • @Bald Eagle Its not, it is hard to learn, its confusing, there are no rules to how words should be spoken, its a very bad universal language

      Lunchbox13Lunchbox134 timer siden
    • @Bald Eagle According to whom precisely?

      Roberto MarchesiRoberto Marchesi6 timer siden
    • The whole world should just speak English, it’s easily the best language.

      Bald EagleBald Eagle7 timer siden
    • @Roberto Marchesi thats kinda what america expects though lol

      Lunchbox13Lunchbox13Dag siden
    • @Kalt Kalt So every nation in the world should stop using their own language and start to use english, so that the only one country in the world that still use the ridiculous system will accept to use the smart system? Very very good trade indeed

      Roberto MarchesiRoberto Marchesi3 dager siden
  • ImPeRiAl SyStEM geTSYoU to THe MOon It also crashes you on Mars, apparently.

    MalvaMalva3 dager siden
    • The metric system is needlessly complicated

      Bald EagleBald Eagle7 timer siden
    • Have you not watched this video?

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne13 dager siden
  • Try working on US Naval combat systems. Navigation in nautical miles (unless looking down, then they use fathoms), radars use data miles (6000 feet), missile use meters/km, and just to mess with everyone, angles are transmitted in BAMs (Binary Angular Measurements).

    ptrinchptrinch3 dager siden
  • British: Can you believe those Yankees using the imperial system *scoff* American: we learned it from you

    HedgeHodgeHedgeHodge4 dager siden
    • No, we never used the Imperial System n the USA. US Customary units are based on earlier English units.

      GH1618GH16183 dager siden
  • While I agree that Metric is better for engineering and science. I'm going to play devils advocate because I think you left some glaring holes. 5:21 "I could end the video there" No, you can't. Because at no point did you say why Metric is better than Imperial. The first 5mins was solely about why it isn't good to use 2 systems. Not why one is better than the other. Which I do agree, using 2 systems over complicates the whole process. After this, you actually get to the important parts in my opinion. Metric is a lot easier to calculate. It is extremely great at engineering and science. Which is why it is taught in schools... in America. America almost switched to the metric system early on because of its relationship with France. This is where the legal definitions come from, but they were not always there. However, it was extremely difficult to get backing as many people were spread out. Additionally, at this time period, America was still growing and building. People were sawing lumber to make doors and cabins with hand tools. How useful is knowing that your door is 150cm tall. Being off 1 or 2 cm wasn't a big issue. This brings me to the pros of the imperial system. The imperial system is very understandable. If you are building something with your hands and need to know the size of something... An inch makes a lot of sense, very few things measurements need to be more precise than that. You can easily see how big an inch is, chances are a part of your body is an inch. Your last point, which talks about how the kg and how it isn't defined by a physical object is a good note... but any measurement system can do this. I could make up a new measurement called "corn ears" and defined it using a similar process. Arguably... the imperial system does since it is defined from the metric system, which is based off of these measurements. So while I would agree that the 1 tiny pro of the imperial system is completely out done by the precision and ease of converting in the metric system... But, that is about it. The first half is about why 2 systems are not good, the last part is about defining a system beyond a physical object... which any system can do.

    Dillon BurnettDillon Burnett4 dager siden
    • ​@GH1618 I was leaning towards how the ease of converting makes it easier to be more precise, but yes I would agree. As long as there is a small enough unit precision isn't dependant on the system.

      Dillon BurnettDillon Burnett3 dager siden
    • Precision does not depend on units.

      GH1618GH16183 dager siden

    Estudiante 2021-Estudiante 2021-5 dager siden
  • Call me weird. But I use the imperial system and the metric. I use feet for height and don't understand the metres. But I use kg for weight

    Funmi SanusiFunmi Sanusi5 dager siden
  • Really? This matter was solved in the 80s, but the US decided "it was too much to handle.." Imperial does not make any sense...look at the volume measurements.??..I think the only positive is that it helps you learn fractions when you adding 1/2 with 3/16 and/or 3/4....

    solarenergynow08solarenergynow085 dager siden
  • I'm an Australian born in 1960. In my early school years I was taught the (British) Imperial System of Weights and Measures, and can vividly recall my class chanting in unison (another thing of the past): "22 yards, 1 chain; 10 chains, 1 furlong; 8 furlongs, 1 mile." (The Grafton Sisters of Mercy were thorough to a fault.) In 1970 the Federal Government, after twenty years of considering the matter, took the decision to convert to the SI or Metric System, and planning commenced immediately. The implementation phase was very rapid, starting on New Year's Day 1971 and being almost fully completed by the same date in 1975. During this period I learned "the new metric" at school, so I'm right in the middle of a narrow age band of Australians that became "bilingual" and can move fluently within and between the two systems. This was never quite the case for many of my parents' generation, especially the less-educated ones or those whose work didn't require metric system proficiency on a day-to-day basis. It took decades for some of them to become comfortable with some less-used aspects of it. My grandparents' generation, then approaching or already past retirement age, really never embraced the change, although even they soon understood what a litre of milk or a kilogram of meat was. Conversely, people born only six years after me were never to encounter the old Imperial system at all, either at school or in the wider society. Its pounds and ounces, and yards, feet and inches are a foreign language to them. More than once I found myself acting as interpreter between an older and younger person. So, if my own experience is any guide, I suppose I'm saying that, like all change, metric conversion (the official term used in Australia) will prove to be very easy for some Americans, somewhat less so for others, and rather difficult for a few, although they'll adapt to it to the extent that they need to for everyday living. Once seriously embarked upon, there will be no going back. Actually until 1966, when we converted to decimal currency (yes, I remember that too), the USA was more metric than Australia. In the States, 100 cents-as the very name says-equaled one dollar. But Australia's former currency employed the old British taxonomy of pounds, shillings and pence. There were twelve pence (pennies) in a shilling, while twenty shillings made up a pound. This often made calculating monetary transactions a less than instant mental procedure, as you might imagine. There was some opposition to the change from traditionally-minded people, with strident complaints of "Americanisation" and the like. (Largely from the same crowd who a few years later would decry "Napoleon's revenge" and the "soulless cosmopolitanism" that the metric system allegedly would wreak on Australia's culture.) But because everybody has to handle money every day, even the traditionalists quickly appreciated the greater ease that came with the new decimal order-not that the odd die-hard among them would ever admit such a thing of course.

    Alumy CrickAlumy Crick5 dager siden
    • The "decimalization" of Australian currency in 1966 became a "lead-in" to metrication in the 1970s. Because people soon became used to decimal currency, and its advantages, the idea of transitioning to the International System of Units was generally accepted as continuing a simplification process.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne15 dager siden
  • The Americans in the comment section defending the imperial system are giving me brain damage.

    Daria RadacDaria Radac6 dager siden
    • @Bald Eagle “too complicated” bruh is the 10x table that hard

      New SpaciaNew Spacia7 timer siden
    • @FrodoOne1 We did and we’re proud of it, we’re considered the greatest country in the world for a reason.

      Bald EagleBald Eagle7 timer siden
    • Why shouldn’t we, it’s easily the best unit of measurement, the metric system is too complicated.

      Bald EagleBald Eagle7 timer siden
    • It is quite interesting that US citizens "defend" a system of measures that their country NEVER actually adopted.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne14 dager siden
  • It's curious that even in fully metric countries we don't use the SI unit of velocity (meters per second) for road speeds.

    Neil BartlettNeil Bartlett6 dager siden
    • When distances between places are in kilometers, why have velocity in m/s? Imagine a world where instead of driving 30 km, you'd drive 30.000 meters. Stupid, right? And when you have distance in km and velocity in km/h, you can easily calculate how long will the drive take. To convert m/s to km/h, you'd need to multiply the value by 3,6... feels too imperial to me.

      taurustaurus4 dager siden
    • However, they use Kilometres per Hour, which works just as well - or even better.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne14 dager siden
  • Walk into NASA sometime and yell "Heil Hitler!" WOOP! They all jump straight up!

    Alex KrycekAlex Krycek6 dager siden
    • Any such persons would be well over 95 by now!

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne15 dager siden
  • Nitpicky, but you're confusing metric and SI.

    RobertoRoberto6 dager siden
    • ​@Roberto While I have really no idea of to what you are referring, the International System of Units (SI) is and has been the Modern Metric System since 1960. Please see as a possible reference.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne14 dager siden
    • @FrodoOne1 Google. Or Bing, if you're into that.

      RobertoRoberto5 dager siden
    • And the difference is ..... ?

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne15 dager siden
  • You do realize that the imperial system uses the base units of the metric system right? Veritasium made a video about this titled "Is America Actually Metric" or some shit like that. Also, you cannot say a system with 7 units is better when no one ever uses 3 of them. No one has ever said "it's only about 2 hectometers away" but people have said "it's a few hundred feet that way". Either way, both systems suck if you're not used to it. So instead of bickering about which turd is the shiniest can we find one that's not a complete and total waste of time to learn?

    Adam SomeoneAdam Someone6 dager siden
  • Nobody explains the Imperial system better than Matt:

    TRA-miscTRA-misc6 dager siden
  • I have a question. In an american thermodynamics class - what unit of measurement do you use for temperature? I mean, you can not use Fahrenheit for anything apart from delta calculations because it does not start at absolute zero, right? It was one of the first things they taught us in thermo - convert every absolute temperature you're given to Kelvin before working with it.

    AndromedarrAndromedarr7 dager siden
  • 1 thou 1 barleycorn = 333.333 thou 1 inch = 3 barleycorns 1 foot = 12 inches 1 yard = 3 feet 1 chain = 22 yards 1 furlong = 10 chains 1 mile = 8 furlongs vs 1 mm = 0.001 m 1 cm = 0.01 m 1 dm = 0.1 m 1 meter 1 dam = 10 m 1 hm = 100 m 1 km = 1000 m You decide.

    LinuxdirkLinuxdirk7 dager siden
    • Bro i had no idea half of those units existed, like wtf is a barleycorn and why 333.333 thou per barleycorn, like just use a nice number like powers of 10 ffs. Like, even with the units that we normally use (inch, foot, mile) its still so hard to convert, while in metric its like "ok just move the decimal point a bit to the left/right"

      allanthefoot6969allanthefoot69695 dager siden
  • I used my own system called “my own system” I used: SAC, P, PP, BBC, GC For example: Mt. Everest is 50439 GC (extended) GC is 5.7 metre or 18.7 feet (extended) BBC is 3.9 metre or 12.9 feet (extended) yes it keep 69%ing There is also retract and extend, if you wanna see retract version of something, you 69% it again Which mean 1 GC (extended) is 0.6 GC (not fully extended) or 1 GC (retracted)

    CancandooCancandoo7 dager siden
  • imperial is OUTDATED.

    NomanNoman7 dager siden
  • 5000 angry "freedom unit" user

    Levi KaldenLevi Kalden8 dager siden
  • The UK has a mess of both systems😂😂😂

    Nene2k3Nene2k38 dager siden
  • I never got the fact that the Americans brag about "winning" a race to the moon (with the help of german scientists), because nobody else competed. The soviets didn't really care about temporarily puting people on the moon. They were much more interested in things like space stations, and other stuff that was actually new and a challenge. Both countries had people in space, doing EVA, and they had put rovers on the moon. Combining these two isn't exactly anything worth writing home about

    L. SchmidtL. Schmidt8 dager siden
    • @taurus Well, thats what it was for the Americans, they didn't care about space till the soviets did. The soviets did on the one hand care about the prestige, but it was also a lot about practical uses, like mining on the on moon, or setting up a space station for military purposes. They were pushing the envelope on whats possible, to get practical use. Sputnik was for example a test for implementing other, more useful satellites

      L. SchmidtL. Schmidt4 dager siden
    • They cared. It was, from the beginning, an ideological goal. Proving you're better than the other superpower.

      taurustaurus4 dager siden
  • Kids use imperial system, adults use metric system, legends use plank system!

    Nima AzNima Az8 dager siden
  • Most people don't speak freedom units

    Frank NilssonFrank Nilsson8 dager siden
  • Love the sarcasm!! 🤣.. keep up the good work.

    Darragh FinnanDarragh Finnan8 dager siden
  • I weigh 16 stone, 7 pound, 7 ounces, plus 483/625 of an ounce. I weight 105 kg.

    Patrick BarryPatrick Barry8 dager siden
    • @Patrick Barry OK. What you may not fully realize is that The Metric System Is Better By A Thousand.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne18 dager siden
    • @FrodoOne1I love me some "Spurious Accuracy" As for the BMI, tell me something I don't know.

      Patrick BarryPatrick Barry8 dager siden
    • Your first statement contains "Spurious Accuracy" (230 Pound 8 oz would have been close enough!) Also, unless you are more than 1.87 m in height, your Body Mass Index (BMI) exceeds 30 - meaning that you may be overweight.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne18 dager siden
  • I just want to share with NOtown that Guatemala uses both systems simultaneously. We buy fuel by gallons but the motor oil by litters, we buy lumber by the feet but rebar in meters. All my adult life I have been 1.78 Mts tall and weighted 220 pounds. Carpenters love imperial but welders prefer Metric. But one thing we stick to is Celsius degrees. Screw the Fs........ haha

    Bush PilotBush Pilot9 dager siden
  • Your example about the bridge is bullshit. 2 bolts every 6 feet would never be broken to 72 inches, 2:72 ratio. 2 bolts every 6 feet is 1 bolt per yard, the 1:1 ratio. 1760 yards in a mile = 1760 bolts, but you'd buy the box of 2000 bolts, to cover the ones that got stripped, or dropped into the water. Metric is base 10, its for whiners who don't know what work is, don't work with their hands and so are free to count on their fingers. Imperial is quantum, its for men who do work with their hands and do math in their head and get shit done.

    Para BellumPara Bellum9 dager siden
    • I can't tell if you're serious lol

      tonnomantonnoman9 dager siden

    Henrique Borges nunesHenrique Borges nunes9 dager siden
  • I think m^3 = volume only applies to cubes because it's length, width and depth are the same

    ThomasFan2021ThomasFan20219 dager siden
    • @FrodoOne1 oh yeah because a cubic meter would be 10^9 times bigger than a cubic millimeter, 10^6 times bigger than a cubic centimeter and 1000 times bigger than a cubic decimeter because these are cubes. that would make sense.

      ThomasFan2021ThomasFan20217 dager siden
    • @ThomasFan2021 No. One litre of water is a volume of 1,000 cubic centimetres - 1,000,000 cubic millimetres (1,000 millilitres) and has a mass of one kilogram. 1,000 litres has a volume of 1,000,000 cubic centimetres (which is 1 cubic metre) and 1000 litres of water has a mass of 1000 kilograms - which is one tonne. (1 cubic metre = 1,000 mm * 1,000 mm * 1,000 mm = 1,000,000,000 cubic millimetres)

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne17 dager siden
    • @FrodoOne1 if it's 1/1000 of a cubic meter then isn't it just 1 cubic millimeter?

      ThomasFan2021ThomasFan20218 dager siden
    • One litre occupies 1/1000 of a cubic metre, whatever the shape of its container.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne18 dager siden
    • Yes, of course. But you can still use it to express quantity of space in non cubic objects. You simply have to do some calculating. But you'd have to with any units

      tonnomantonnoman9 dager siden
  • AWG can f right off too

    James iPadJames iPad10 dager siden
  • I grew up on metric, so yes! Imperial is kinda rusty for me, but I understand it here and there!

    ZoliZoli10 dager siden
  • Hello guys my height is 5 feet 11" toenails

    Aryo Panggah SumantriAryo Panggah Sumantri10 dager siden
  • As an engineering student we had an introduction to the imperial measurement system. What a convoluted mess it is, with conversion factors ALL over the place to make the equations consistent. Try doing dimensional analysis in both systems and you WILL come away convinced of the superiority of the metric system.

    Hanz NelHanz Nel11 dager siden
  • And then... we have to cancel the allen key ! Also a big technical nightmare compare to regular screw !

    Francois-Xavier GONNETFrancois-Xavier GONNET11 dager siden
  • I think People who use the Imperial system are psychopaths.

    DICΞTΘDICΞTΘ11 dager siden
  • I think that person who invented Fahrenheit just chose random numbers and called it a day.

    JakusssJakusss11 dager siden
    • @Mr. Pyto Memes I'm pretty sure it's the temp at which humans start to die. (Or will die idk) still I feel like it makes little sensd

      tonnomantonnoman9 dager siden
    • 100 degrees Fahrenheit is based on the normal temperature of blood, which is about 37 degrees Celsius. But I don't know what defines 0 degrees Farhenheit

      Mr. Pyto MemesMr. Pyto Memes9 dager siden
  • Whilst were at it, a proper pint is 20 fluid ounces not 16! Harrumph.

    Big DoozeBig Dooze11 dager siden
    • @Big Dooze I am NOT missing the point but I believe that YOU are. Yes the Imperial pint is larger but the US Customary pint is smaller because the USA continues to use the British system which was in use in 1776 - The Winchester standards. The "fluid ounces" in question are different with the Imperial Fluid Ounce being 28.41 ml but the US Customary Fluid Ounce is 29.57 ml. Since One Ounce is 28.34952 grams, it can be seen that the Imperial Fluid Ounce is much closer to the volume of one ounce of water than is the US Customary Fluid Ounce. (The "definition" of the Imperial Gallon was originally "10 pounds of distilled water weighed in air with brass weights with the barometer standing at 30 inches of mercury at a temperature of 62 °F" The Weights and Measures Act 1985 defined a gallon to be exactly 4.54609 L (approximately 277.4194 cu in)" Hence, one Imperial Gallon weighs 160 ounces and, since there are 8 pints in one gallon, one Imperial pint should contain 20 ounces of water - 20 fluid ounces.) The size of the US Customary Fluid Ounce has been "juggled" so that there are 16 in a US Customary pint.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne110 dager siden
    • @FrodoOne1 You're missing the point/pint, a proper pint is bigger.

      Big DoozeBig Dooze11 dager siden
    • An Imperial Pint is 568 ml, not 473 ml. (The Imperial fluid ounce is NOT the same size as the US Customary (Winchester Standard) fluid ounce. I suggest that you look-up these terms before you comment further.)

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne111 dager siden
  • Imperial distances: *1 mile = 5280 Feet; 1 foot = 12 inches, 1 inch = ??? Let's just use fractions...* Imperial volumes: *I like fractions, let's do more fractions* Imperial weights: *Okay, we will use fractions for the ounce and pound obviously, but I do like rocks; let's go find a rock and see how many pounds it weighs... 14. It doesn't follow the fractions. But I like rocks more than fractions... 14 it is.* Metric distances: *...Life is complicated as it is. Times everything by 10?* Metric everything else: *Sounds good to us!*

    Alex MartinAlex Martin11 dager siden
    • As the real engineer said, it's the difference between inventing a complete system at once as opposed to creating a system that is a clusterfuck of units made throughout time, with next to no correlation before the system gave it to them for some reason

      tonnomantonnoman9 dager siden
  • The friend counting was my favourite by far. And also just the introduction for that designer guy.

    Ads RBadAds RBad12 dager siden
  • tbh the only real convincing reason for metric is conversions within the same dimensions (mass, distance, etc.). The argument about being defined in terms of arbitrary multiples of physical constants is also true with the imperial system now too. These arguments don't really apply to Fahrenheit vs Celsius debate, though, since you don't really convert between scales of temperature. So these arguments don't necessarily apply to using the metric system in its entirety, just that many/most of the units are better. Temperature wise I'd still argue that Fahrenheit is more useful because it is better equipped to describing the normal range of human temperature experience, with its smaller degree.

    Justin LeJustin Le12 dager siden
  • You're all wrong, Whitworth units are the best ;) !!

    Nick TomlinsonNick Tomlinson13 dager siden
  • My favourite one is how my dad keeps track of his car's efficiency by tracking how many litres of gas he buys and how many kilometers he drive so he can convert it all to miles per gallon (both of which we no longer use here in Canada!). On the other hand carpentry work here is done in imperial measurements. So our plywood sheets are 4'x8' rather then 1M x 2M

    Tom KellyTom Kelly13 dager siden
    • In Australia, the plywood panels are generally 2400 mm * 1200 mm - but some are 2440 mm * 1220 mm, possibly imported from Canada.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne112 dager siden
  • With all my respect but the american way of measuring has evolved a lot and is far more advanced than pure imperial at that point. There are far more units now. For example the most common unit for area -> Football stadium. A common unit for weight -> hamburger. A common unit for height -> bicycle. A common unit for volume -> random animal as in "A doggy-sized pothole patched on north side" (you can google that one). Not to mention with the introduction of these common-man oriented units now it's far easier to connect the american to the metric system -> 1 metric ton weights around 332 standard AR-15 + 1 AR-15 equipped with tacticool accessories.

    MBD Main Battle DankMBD Main Battle Dank13 dager siden
    • lmfao

      Lone RangerLone Ranger12 dager siden
    • Its still not as good as metric

      FlorisFloris13 dager siden
  • imperial is garbage like a lot of stuff from the us......

    TheOneG36 జ్ఞ‌ాTheOneG36 జ్ఞ‌ా13 dager siden
    • However, the USA does not use the Imperial System of Units. The USA was created and vacated any association with the UK well before the "Imperial System of Units" was promulgated in 1824-1826.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne111 dager siden
  • yes.

    hackehacke14 dager siden
  • But how do you feel about the British?

    ALAPINOALAPINO14 dager siden
  • Nahh I rather use metrics rather than using Hotdogs just to measure mountains

    Hiroshi's Gift To The WorldHiroshi's Gift To The World14 dager siden
  • As an American living in Europe, I’m more than smart enough to handle both systems simultaneously. Many things in The US are in the metric system. So, enjoy your 473 ml of beer, and I’ll order a pint. I work in both Kilometers and Miles, neither is superior when you fully understand both systems. All this nonsense is making my temperature rise to greater than 98.6 degrees.

    Adam WeismanAdam Weisman14 dager siden
    • @Malgus and... MIT's student-run college radio station, WMBR, broadcasts at a wavelength of 2 smoots (88.1 MHz)

      Adam WeismanAdam Weisman2 dager siden
    • @Malgus doesn’t mean it’s inferior. Pound for pound, it makes sense if you understand it. Why not use Kelvin scale? There are many different measurements. Gold, as an example, is measured in Troy Ounces. The Mass Ave. Bridge is measured in Smoots, which is equal to 1.702 meters. Oliver Smoot, by the way, became chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and then President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

      Adam WeismanAdam Weisman2 dager siden
    • @Adam Weisman This is not an example of superiority of imperial but the nostalgia of imperial. Even though the name is based on imperial it still converts the easiest to Km. What's one objective example of superiority of imperial? Even if it's popular it doesn't mean it's better than metric.

      MalgusMalgus3 dager siden
    • @Malgus you can go a country mile, but not a country kilometer.

      Adam WeismanAdam Weisman13 dager siden
    • @Malgus a Swedish Mile is 6.2 miles, or 10 kilometers. Even the Swedes and Norwegians use their version of a Scandinavian mile.

      Adam WeismanAdam Weisman13 dager siden
  • I have seen billboards in England that displays distances in metric (metres, km) / imperial (yards, feet, miles)

    blueberry saversblueberry savers14 dager siden
  • Napoleon died on St. Helena in 1823. well past time HIS SYSTEM also perished.

    dkromftdkromft14 dager siden
  • This video is really aggressive for a video on measurement systems😂😂😂

    Brighton HatchBrighton Hatch14 dager siden
  • There's a cartoon by Calvin and Hobbes where Calvin asks Hobbes what a peck is and the tiger says 'kiss' now Calvin is more confused with bushel and peck. :-)

    SPReddy RedsSPReddy Reds14 dager siden
  • 6:08 Is there a poster anywhere with that information on it?

    TwiStedTentomTwiStedTentom14 dager siden
  • I live in the US and fully agree that we need to convert.

    TwiStedTentomTwiStedTentom14 dager siden
  • There are 2 types of people: those who use metric system and those who like to get confused

    Michal SabolMichal Sabol14 dager siden
  • Americans have strange ways.

    WoobykalWoobykal14 dager siden
  • The metric system is for lazy scientists who want easier math problem. The imperial system is for lazy carpenters who want to cut things into thirds,

    falsehero2001falsehero200114 dager siden
    • The International System of Units (SI) is for carpenters, builders and others who wish to work accurately - with "millimetre" precision - (and save money), as is done in many/most countries. See and

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne114 dager siden
  • Someone should make a video comparing the two systems. I agree, metric is better, but why isn't anyone trying to make a counter argument in support of imperial? I would like to see a video comparing the systems. Not just bashing imperial 😂

    Cooper BeggsCooper Beggs14 dager siden
    • @FrodoOne1 haha maybe that would help 😂😂😂

      Cooper BeggsCooper Beggs12 dager siden
    • Would you like to see a video on how to use "cubits" to build an Ark?

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne114 dager siden
  • As long as I knew what a mile is, I thought that it was 1600 metres, but it turns out that it is 1609.344 metres

    Svenan gamesSvenan games15 dager siden
  • is this a real question😐

    Ronilda VazlīķeRonilda Vazlīķe15 dager siden
  • And now we just need to do the same with the hours, minutes, seconds and days per week, days per month... Convert it to metric.

    X YZ-TX YZ-T15 dager siden
  • A bad guy is only a bad guy when they are on the other side. If you cant beat them, hire them. It's the American way.

    Jonathan BurnsJonathan Burns15 dager siden
  • About thirty years ago I was involved in the design and delivery of some really heavy machinery to an American customer in southern California. The first task was to establish how long an Inch is in metrics! Then the measurements for the machine foundation grouting plates had to be determined. This was done by going through drawings (delivered to the customer by DHL "overnight" service) by telephone conference calls. That was hard to do in it self and the problem was compounded by the time difference of nine hours. For us that meant we started the calls when we normally went home, and the calls often lasted well into the night. I later had the opportunity to go to California and meet the customers engineers and we where in total agreement that it would be so much easier to use metrics. The reason we where given was that the new machine was an almost 100% clone of an existing machine built in Imperial standard so it could use the same spare parts. But remember this was 30 years ago and I have noticed that at least the automotive industry in the US uses metrics nowadays.

    B RallybearB Rallybear15 dager siden
    • The world Automotive Industry has used the International System of Units (SI) since the mid-1970s.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne114 dager siden
  • I’m not saying metric isn’t better (because it is). I’m just saying it might be difficult to convert your system of measurement if it means changing the infrastructure of a country that ranks among the top 3 in both population and land area. It’s not as simple as just going “we’re using metric, get with it!” You have to methodically go through any measurement-based info graphic important to daily function and change it. It’s not a matter of stubbornness, it’s feasibility.

    NicklesNickles15 dager siden
    • True. However, the necessary organised (methodical) step-by-step change over a period of ten years (actually less) has been done in all other countries (except Liberia and Myanmar.) The "blueprint" of how it was done in Australia (and how it could be done in another country) is available at The "difficulties" of transition have nothing to do with population or land size (Note that Canada is larger than the USA and Australia has almost the same area as the 48 contiguous US States). A country with a higher population also has larger resources! It is probable that resources per head of population in the USA are higher than that of any other country.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne115 dager siden
  • Metric is better for engineers imperial is better for mechanics

    Rodney FarrarRodney Farrar15 dager siden
    • why is it better for mechanics

      Lone RangerLone Ranger12 dager siden
  • The imperial system isn't even a system. It's a collection of random and momentary measurements, like how a volume measurement is defined by a certain cup that existed at some point, that are then formed together to make a confusing mess of measurements that haven't even got anything to do with each other.

    Angus ChandlerAngus Chandler15 dager siden
  • I agree with all of this but can't think of records without inches

    AngusAngus16 dager siden
    • @FrodoOne1 I don't measure records, I think of them in 12 and 7 inches as those numbers describe how they are lightly to sound and what type of track will be printed to them. what they actually are in mm is of no consequence to me as the manufacturing stage will have worked to a a tolerance that gives me, the end user all the info I need. In a shop I am lighty to say "have you got that on a 12?" or I might check out the "rare 7s" section, I wont need a tape measure for any of this, these are all cultural things. So like I said the actual size is not relevant. you can make all the accurate conversions you want. Changing the culture and people attitude is a diffrent thing, I'm all up for going metric, the point is changing how people think goes beyond numbers.

      AngusAngus14 dager siden
    • @Angus Yes, "The actual size of a phonograph record is relevant" - as you stated - whether you meant to or not. It is only partly that "this legacy" HAS impeded the adoption of the metric system - in the USA, but not elsewhere. (482.6 mm happens to equal the "standard" Rack Mount size of 19" [1' 7"] introduced [by manufactures in the USA] but, so what?) Imperial plumbing sizes of 1/2", 5/8", 3/4" 1", 1 1/4" etc. are now referred to in "metric" countries as 12 mm, 15 mm, 20 mm, 25 mm, 32 mm etc. - although these "conversions" are not "accurate". However, those concerned know that they can install a "25 mm" plumbing extension on the 1" pipe installed by their Father or Grandfather. - No problem ! So, a 19" rack could be referred to as a 480 mm or 485 mm rack, once the persons concerned were accustomed to the situation. In the USA that which actually happened was this : - in 1968 a "U.S. Metric Study" recommended that the United States implement a carefully planned transition to the principal use of the metric system over a decade. Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 "to coordinate and plan the increasing use of the metric system in the United States". The United States Metric Board (USMB) was established for planning, coordination, and public education. The public education component led to public ˚ridicule. In 1981 the USMB reported to Congress that it lacked the clear Congressional mandate (and funds) necessary to bring about national conversion. Because of this ineffectiveness and an effort of the Reagan administration-particularly from Lyn Nofziger's efforts as a White House advisor to the Reagan administration, to reduce federal spending-the USMB was disbanded in the autumn of 1982. ( Lyn Nofziger and Frank Mankiewicz were major players in halting the 1970s metrication effort in the United States, largely by convincing President Ronald Reagan to shut down the United States Metric Board ( One might be forgiven for thinking of "sabotage" to describe these events! Note that it was intended to be a "carefully planned" transition. Without an effective (and well funded) USMB, that became impossible! Meanwhile, in Australia - starting in 1970, this "careful metrication planning" WAS done and you may read about it in

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne114 dager siden
    • @FrodoOne1 The actual size of a phonograph record is relevant. They are referred to in imperial measurements because of a cultural legacy, its this legacy that will impede adoption of the metric system. For example it is unlikely anyone would say "I have a 300mm release coming out next week, I used my 482.6mm rackmount valve EQ in the mastering chain"

      AngusAngus14 dager siden
    • If you mean "phonograph recordings" and if you measure them carefully you will find that they are NOT 12", 10" and 7" but ARE (a bit smaller at) 300 mm, 250 mm and 174 mm (almost 175 mm !)

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne114 dager siden
  • It's what your used to, and being able to understand conversion. I need to work in both but find working in imperial on the small scale easier. It's a personal choice.... Strange really as I was brought up with metric,

    Chris FullerChris Fuller16 dager siden
  • The standard system is much better to our senses.

    Frank CrawfordFrank Crawford16 dager siden
    • Only because YOU are used to it.

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne114 dager siden
  • 9:01 gord dameit, thank you for saying Murica! Born and raised in the US and I say it that way every time I wanna talk sheet bout this silly place. That I'm still part of! Haha, good times. P.S. I love metric more than Imperial units, and I also thought Murica was about freedom, not imperialism...

    Han FuehriousHan Fuehrious16 dager siden
  • people who married their cousins. You don't know how right you are !!

    faniefazefaniefaze16 dager siden
  • seven, eight, Nein!Nein!Nein!Nein!Nein!

    Markus StranglMarkus Strangl16 dager siden
  • Americans are much too Trumpian to understand the message of this video, I am a afraid.

    Raphael KlaussenRaphael Klaussen16 dager siden
  • It's like algebra do I really need it??!!lol

    Charles WalshCharles Walsh16 dager siden
  • Is this guy Irish.? You know give me a pint of Guinness

    Charles WalshCharles Walsh16 dager siden
  • Is rather have a quart of Jameson not a liter

    Charles WalshCharles Walsh16 dager siden
  • I love being an engineer. Chuga chuga Choo Choo

    Charles WalshCharles Walsh16 dager siden
  • A video touting why everyone should use the metric system, most likely by yet another person who was never taught in school how to convert. When I hear of one foot I instantly visualize what that is in both cm and as a fraction of metre. I have no problem with either system of measurement because I was taught in school how to convert. Just learn the imperial system for Chrissakes, its not that fuckin' hard! This video is the equivalent of a lesson in why the entire world should speak English because its too damn hard to understand what everyone else is saying. 'To hell with their language, they should speak mine!' To date, the only people I have ever encountered who have a problem with imperial are those who have difficulty with, or are lazy with, conversion.

    Jason McMillanJason McMillan16 dager siden
    • If you actually USE a "System" (The International System of Units) you do not "convert" anything. Of course, you already DO use the International System of Units for ALL electrical calculations - since there is nothing else for you to use !

      FrodoOne1FrodoOne114 dager siden
  • Imperial was a good system for when the Earth was flat?!?! Maybe?!?!

    Joao BaptistaJoao Baptista16 dager siden
    • so... never

      Lorenzo S.Lorenzo S.4 dager siden
  • Scientists being held hostage by determined dolts.

    BradleyBradley16 dager siden
  • I remember learning an Imperial mass unit called a "slug" when I was in engineering. Thankfully, never had to use it. We had one full course dedicated solely to converting from Imperial to metric. What a waste.

    Stan SnopekStan Snopek16 dager siden
  • It's weird how in the UK we use a mixture of imperial and metric. Anything sciencey we use metric, yet we use imperial for our road network.

    Mark SimmondsMark Simmonds16 dager siden