I know you know the first answer is us. Thats right…. We in the United States have been clinging desperately to the ancient British “Imperial” system of weights and measures while the rest of the world happily pushed on to a modern and integrated system…

I have a few problems with the Imperial system, the biggest and most important is that it isn’t based around a single numerical system. It’s stupid. There are 16 ounces in a pint, and 16 ounces in a pound, but the two ounces are different weight-wise and volume-wise…. There are 12 inches in a foot and 5280 feet in a mile…. Thanks for that strange and random value. Our water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees?!? Come on… That’s stupid right? Can we at least ALL agree on that? Every one of the measurements we use is based off of strange nearly incomprehensible values… How many cups per pint? Pints per quart? Quarts per gallon? It’s all different values! What the hell is a quart anyway?

You know what isn’t? The Metric System. It’s centered around the lovely and simple number 10. And we can all do math with the number ten. How many centimeters in a meter? 100. How many meters in a kilometer? 1000. Water freezes at 0 degrees celsius and boils at 100. How do you measure drinks? Liters! (Granted we use the liter measurement for our sugary sodas (mostly)).

I know, you’re so used to the Imperial system, why should we change our ways? Because nearly EVER other nation in the entire world (civilized or otherwise) has given up on the Imperial system decades ago. Wanna know who we share the Imperial system with these days? It’s us and just two other countries. Guess who they are?

map_of_countries_that_dont_use_metric_systemMyanmar (formerly known as Burma), a country that has been in a constant state of civil war since 1948. I guess they would have converted over if they had say, a stable government of any kind.

Liberia, a country founded by the USA in 1820 as a place for slaves to return to Africa. Also, you know, the place thats currently hosting one of the world’s largest Ebola outbreaks to date.

Great company, huh guys? Makes you proud to still be part of the tradition of ancient, antiquated, and senseless measurements!Well, I guess someday we can all look back at this and laugh…. But for now the Imperial system looks like it will be going on for miles and miles! (I wish it was kilometers and kilometers…..)