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A Metric United States?

A Metric United States?

When writing Coal Belly—still very much a work in progress—I decided to keep my weights, distances, and measures in US Customary Units. This was an intentional decision. I felt that our strange and often confusing system fits a weird-west setting a bit better than a metric one—even in a secondary world. Feet, acres, miles, hogsheads, tons, they all just feel old-west.

But there is a modern simplicity to the metric system. It is superior, if not as charming. But, in the United States, we’ve resisted making the switch. Why? Well, Verge Science put together a great explainer video that goes into details on why we’re still using our bastardized version of the Imperial System, where it matters in society, and how we have already secretly converted despite our resistance. Watch it below.

*Gasp!* 😱 A DEEP STATE SHADOW SYSTEM OF UNITS AND MEASUREMENTS! A vast conspiracy! Inches defined by millimeters. Pounds defined by kilograms! Gallons defined by liters! Human Sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.

Or, it’s just good science and smart business. Take your pick. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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