Irritations ... damn metrics
The wrong yardstick?
That's it! I've had enough. No matter
how hard I try, metrication isn't
natural! Walking with Dinosaurs
(25 October, BBC 1) became totally
disjointed while my brain wrestled
with just what size 100kg represented.
Then some metric distance was
quoted. All totally meaningless.
And it doesn't stop there. I now
only watch local TV weather forecasts
as this can be completely pointless
on national TV (millimetres this
time). I can visualise a six-foot man,
a seven-stone weakling and an inch of
rain, but now I have to buy wrapped
goods by visual assessment, not by
the foreign language on the packet.
(Radio Times 27/11/1999)
One of the most infuriating things about the Metric System is the stupid way we are expected to use it. How many people know what a millimetre really is? It is about the size of an average pinhead.
Similarly, a millilitre is only a few drops. Who with any sense wants to measure anything in so many (worst of all, hundreds) of pin-heads and drops? ...
What housewife would ask for, say, '350 peas in a packet', or '100 lumps of sugar'? Who but a fool would tell you that the next village was '5,280 yards away', intead of 3 miles? Yet this is just the kind of senseless thing that is being done with the metric system.
How stupid can these Metric fanatics really get?"
J. H. Durance, in the English magazine Model Engineer (June 1979).
And another really irritating use - millimetres of rain instead of inches, and centimetres of snow. Two feet of snow I can visualise - but 60cm! Hardly. We need our user-friendly units.