Americans Discover The Metric System


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  • Procharged32
    Procharged32 3 hours ago

    At the end of the day everyone should shop at Aldi.

  • Mr. Galaxy_4141
    Mr. Galaxy_4141 5 hours ago

    As an Asian.... It Hurts watching this video...

  • MrRoztoc
    MrRoztoc 14 hours ago

    Why is the 100 m run in the Olympics, not 100 yards?
    Track & field is metric at all. Swimming, measures at several pitches etc. The Mount Everest is 8.848 m tall, not 29.028,9 ft. At 0°C Water becomes ice. Logical. And Fahrenheit was a German btw.
    I wonder the USA uses the year or minute terms and measures. So, for example: I am 1,79 m tall. In feet I am 5"10'. 5"=1,524 m and 10'=25,4 cm. Sum 1,778 m. Incorrectly.
    Miles, yards, feet, inches, pounds, barrels or gallons make no sense at all. Only the USA, Myanmar and Liberia use this system. The rest of the world uses the metric system officially.

    • FrodoOne1
      FrodoOne1 9 hours ago

      Actually, Myanmar uses its own system - PLUS some Imperial and SI, in Governmental activities.

  • jointscript
    jointscript 16 hours ago

    Theres a reason why the whole world use it. Its better

  • MuncheeZ_X :D
    MuncheeZ_X :D 20 hours ago

    I feel bad for Americans, Someone came into their house at night, and stole all of their metric system.

  • poopy2010tative
    poopy2010tative Day ago

    Womens measurements given in metric do not create an image in the mind, and furniture created with metric is pared down and ugly.

    • FrodoOne1
      FrodoOne1 16 hours ago

      You think that all furniture designed in Europe is ugly?

    BADJUJU Day ago +1

    Miles = kilos #RIP MY ENGINEERING DEGREE!!!

  • cyan pepper
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  • Samuel de Boer
    Samuel de Boer 2 days ago +1

    Metric is easy as hell imperial sucks but is used more commonly in North America
    From your friendly canadian

  • Anurag Ji
    Anurag Ji 2 days ago +1

    Americans strongly need to work on their GK .

  • Vraks
    Vraks 2 days ago

    Guys guys, let poor amwricans have their fucked up meassuments. After all, they don't really have any culture or history, so they compensate it with stuff like this.

  • Proud Newfie
    Proud Newfie 2 days ago +1

    It makes sense, with the metric water frezzes at 0 at boils at 100

  • steven larrabee
    steven larrabee 2 days ago

    There are two kinds of countries in the world. Those that use the metric system, and those that have put a man on the moon.

    • FrodoOne1
      FrodoOne1 16 hours ago

      Putting a man on the moon DID involve calculations by Engineers (both US and European) using SI.

  • Michael Davis
    Michael Davis 3 days ago

    I'd like to see this the other weight around, See if they can work out our measuring system.

  • O_TUBE
    O_TUBE 3 days ago +1

    'So, Ugg, how much weigh your axe?'
    'Me think my axe weighs a stone.'

  • O_TUBE
    O_TUBE 3 days ago +1

    No wonder they use caveman measurements... 'I don't understand how metres are bigger than feet but miles are bigger than kilos' 🤦

  • Mihai Cristian
    Mihai Cristian 3 days ago +2

    They want to be "original" in every way possible (no offence)

  • Joakim Lann
    Joakim Lann 3 days ago

    Offically US adopted the metric system in 1866 by the 39th congress, it just take some time for the american people to understand that.

    • FrodoOne1
      FrodoOne1 15 hours ago

      The 39th United States Congress protected the use of the metric system in commerce with the Metric Act of 1866 and supplied each state with a set of standard metric weights and measures.
      This does NOT mean that the US "adopted" the Metric System. While the US has since based its US Customary Measurements on Metric (SI) standards, it still allows these US Customary measurements to be "Legal for Trade".
      Until such time that the US Congress makes only Metric (SI) measurements "Legal for Trade", the US cannot be said to have "adopted" the Metric System - as has happened in most other countries.

  • far22186
    far22186 3 days ago +1

    Really. I discovered the metric system in elementary school and wish we would change.

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  • Fenu S
    Fenu S 3 days ago +1

    1:53 IN Canada spring YES!! -10c is hot and we all go out in t shirts

  • Gwebb
    Gwebb 3 days ago

    We don’t use the metric system in America cause freedom
    2 Liter sodas: ...

    LOL DIY 4 days ago

    You cant follow the world metric system But you that country pushing for one world gov

  • Hawk Light
    Hawk Light 4 days ago +1

    0:29 yep we definitely measure distance in kilograms.

  • Jacob Dalton
    Jacob Dalton 4 days ago

    45 cms approximately 1.5 ft? u mean exactly 1.5 ft

    • Jacob Dalton
      Jacob Dalton Day ago

      ​+FrodoOne1 true youre right, i was thinking of a normal ruler being 30cm/12 inches but there must be a gap on eacch side for the cm measure or something

    • FrodoOne1
      FrodoOne1 4 days ago

      Since 1 Inch = 25.4 mm
      450 mm = 17.72 Inches
      = 1 Foot 5.72 inches,
      so approximately 1.5 Feet appears to be realistic.

    IAWIA 5 days ago +1

    1:56 If she thinks that's too little for -5°C, she really shouldn't visit the north in winter 😂

  • Sophie Williams
    Sophie Williams 5 days ago +1

    I was at school in 1974 in Australia when we changed to the Metric system, having just learned Imperial measurements. It was not difficult to learn Metric, as it is so FREAKING SIMPLE AND EASY. Stubborn adherence to an obviously clunky and difficult Imperial system epitomises perfectly the insularity of American people and their culture. Truth is, most Americans have only the haziest notion of what the world is like outside the USA.

  • Steve Lillis
    Steve Lillis 5 days ago +1

    Metric and imperial. Both easy

  • DaMangs
    DaMangs 5 days ago +1

    I always laugh when i realize Californians get layers on for 50 degrees

  • Wollas
    Wollas 5 days ago

    learn of ....

  • Native_Beats _2016
    Native_Beats _2016 5 days ago

    Did you know only three countries use the imperial system?

    • FrodoOne1
      FrodoOne1 4 days ago +1

      That is not quite correct.
      Only three countries do not use the International System of Units. (SI)
      Myanmar uses its own system - PLUS some Imperial and SI, in Governmental activities.
      The USA and Liberia use the pre-1776 British units (The Winchester Standards), now called US Customary Measurements.
      Imperial measurements were not introduced until 1825 and the USA did not adopt them.

  • Schreibtiscification

    Celsius and Fahrenheit are both a good system to measure temperature it has nothing to do with metric or imperial.

  • Sonix petethepossum
    Sonix petethepossum 5 days ago

    Instead of miles, there are kilos...........

  • TalkinShit111
    TalkinShit111 5 days ago +1

    The only thing I don’t get about Americans is that they still is Fahrenheit instead of Celsius. It’s simple and Americans like simple haha. 0 is freezing, 100 is boiling. What is so hard about that?

  • MrSteamedchicken
    MrSteamedchicken 6 days ago

    Wouldn’t have happened if the metric system had a gun

  • Article 69
    Article 69 6 days ago +1

    Less then 10 Celsius = cold
    More than 10 Celsius = warm

  • Hayden Lau
    Hayden Lau 6 days ago

    The only reason why America doesn't switch to the superior system is because they are American

  • Article 69
    Article 69 6 days ago +1

    Metric is simple and for precise calculation
    Imperial is for idiots saying ”good enough” and ”thats about a inch”

  • Andreas Michaelides
    Andreas Michaelides 6 days ago +1

    "Americans don't like change", but they like to change the world to them, don't they?

  • Red Hook MMA
    Red Hook MMA 6 days ago +1

    Metric system is so good, you just have to know certain prefixes such as Kilo, Deci, Deca, hecta, mega, centi, Milli, Nano. You can make any unit from these. There are fixed and so they do not create confusion.

  • Exxelenen Setijadi
    Exxelenen Setijadi 6 days ago

    Intelligence 100
    Speech 100

  • Kekecom Morhax
    Kekecom Morhax 6 days ago +1

    This was funny for me and i live in a metric system country... but if the test would’ve be the opposite for me im sure i would have done wrong with the imperial system too.

  • Elements
    Elements 6 days ago

    That's why America gets invaded by aliens

  • thatdudefromearth
    thatdudefromearth 7 days ago

    Likewise, people who are used to using the metric system find it difficult to use the imperial system.

  • X6P
    X6P 7 days ago +1

    "there are like 4 cm in an inch"
    2,54cm = 1inch.......

  • Lew Ashby
    Lew Ashby 7 days ago

    "Americans don't like change" - yeah, and that's why your country is a complete mess nowadays

  • Danny Lang
    Danny Lang 7 days ago +1

    I agree that the change part is hard but one piece that isn’t hard that I think is desperately needed is Celsius, (under normal circumstances) water freezes/melts at 0 and boils at 100, how is that not already accepted by Americans, I mean don’t they like nice things that line up well?

  • Anupa Gunawardane
    Anupa Gunawardane 7 days ago +1

    Everyone from Texas knows what 9mm looks like.

  • RedNin
    RedNin 8 days ago +1

    I know Im late but in normal conversations, "kilos" itself refers to kilograms while "klick" refers to kilometers. But "kilo" in language terms means a thousand.

  • Owen 2
    Owen 2 9 days ago +1

    -5 is not cold

  • Brian Mario
    Brian Mario 10 days ago +1

    fucking kilometers and kilogram is way easier than ur measurement of 1 feet tall

  • Lucy Vis-Lowe
    Lucy Vis-Lowe 10 days ago

    The thing is... LEGO is 1cm tall...

  • Christian Caisley
    Christian Caisley 11 days ago +1

    In Canada, -5C isn't cold...

  • Joshua Sweetvale
    Joshua Sweetvale 11 days ago

    [1 Kg of water] is [0.1m of water, cubed.]
    [1m of water, cubed] is [1000 kg.]
    Your leg is about 1m
    People go up to 2m
    Cars legally go 0 to 120 km/h
    A human weighs 60 to 100 kg
    Water goes from freezing (0) to evaporating (100)

    There's some math about heating a certain amount of water by 1 degree Celsius, the energy expended is a calorie. I'm sure that also converts to movement, electricity and light.
    And the best part?! Us metric users are starting to stare longingly at Base 12 numbers.

    • FrodoOne1
      FrodoOne1 10 days ago

      A Calorie (of which there are at least SEVEN different definitions) is NOT part of the International System of Units (SI) - the modern Metric System.
      The SI unit of Energy is the Joule, and the "Mean Calorie" = 4.190 Joules

  • Milan Milacic
    Milan Milacic 12 days ago

    I think that they should be taught both systems, that way they would probably gradually grow out of their traditional system, otherwise the change would be quite simply impossible

  • A. Jonsson
    A. Jonsson 13 days ago

    1:56 MORE? You crazy -5 is like summer in my hometown people are rolling in with sneakers and a hoodie when it’s -5, and they put a leather jacket on top when it’s -10.

  • Joachim Lothrik
    Joachim Lothrik 13 days ago

    I use American recipes all the time, but jeez, so tricky and illogical.

  • Jacky Ng
    Jacky Ng 13 days ago

    "It is not a phase. I am different"

  • Max Doran
    Max Doran 13 days ago

    3/32" yeah sounds like fun

  • jon simpson
    jon simpson 13 days ago

    As a Canadian, I can say that Canada only technically uses the metric system.
    Our cars go in kilometers but get miles to the gallon.
    Our ovens are in farenhight
    Our medicine is in fluid ounces.
    And our height is in feet.
    Most of our buildings are built by the inch but our streets and infrastructure is in meters.
    It's weird that we don't find it weird.

  • Abhishek Pawar
    Abhishek Pawar 14 days ago

    They won't know how much 1km is but they moment you ask them what a 5.56×45mm is they will have it ready in thier pocket

  • Luis Alba Sarria
    Luis Alba Sarria 14 days ago +1

    Thumbs up to the open-minded Americans who are okay with changing from the idiotic Imperial System to the intelligent Metric System.

  • VictorLawyer _Pt
    VictorLawyer _Pt 14 days ago +1

    I don't live in the USA, so I don't care about their "strange" and "old" measuring system. Every country I travel uses metrical system (international system) and that what's matters... Sooo.... Who cares?????

  • remy speak
    remy speak 15 days ago

    1:10 One inch equals 2.45cm

  • paul4 cool
    paul4 cool 15 days ago

    Watching this as a European I had a good laugh 😂

  • StickyTank
    StickyTank 16 days ago

    too bad the imperial system is based on the metric system and dependant upon it xD

  • Tracy Ndlovu
    Tracy Ndlovu 17 days ago

    It's funny how american drug dealers use the metric system amd most people understand what a kilo is in terms of drug quantities but then someone goes on to say 'we have miles and they have kilos'. Lol🤣🤣🤣

  • DunnoKnowles
    DunnoKnowles 17 days ago

    These are the least effective way to learn about the metric system

  • dav NO
    dav NO 17 days ago

    They don't teach metric in elementary?? Wow

  • deeingalaplike
    deeingalaplike 17 days ago

    Do these guys not do science at school? Surely even in America you learn science with the SI system?

  • ุ
     18 days ago

    Why is this on buzzfeed MULTIPLAYER

  • Tomáš Valůšek
    Tomáš Valůšek 18 days ago

    How can Americans have paraMETERS instead of paraFEET or paraYards?

  • Caleb Platt
    Caleb Platt 18 days ago

    Kill me

  • Smile Guy
    Smile Guy 18 days ago

    american's: you cant just tell people to change the way they measure stuff
    me: well tell that to the (around about) 200 countries that had to adapt

  • Caitlin
    Caitlin 18 days ago

    30 seconds in
    'instead of miles, there's kilos' 😂😂

  • Safwan Hassan
    Safwan Hassan 19 days ago

    Kilobytes = 1024 bytes... you american just combined the metrics and imperial....

  • deast
    deast 19 days ago

    Just teach primaly teach kids metric system and you can slowly change it. Since many business already use it, it wouldn't be too much of a problem for them.

  • Lea Voda
    Lea Voda 19 days ago

    The metric system is actually so simple that you know how to measure distances, weight and volume as soon as you can count to ten. As apposed to a 3/18 of an inch and what not...

  • Andrei Dragostin
    Andrei Dragostin 19 days ago +5

    Some alligators grow up to 20 feet.
    Most have 4 though.

    • TheZui
      TheZui 17 days ago +2

      Fukushima alligators? 😂

  • MadaraUchihamizukage
    MadaraUchihamizukage 19 days ago +1

    you are thaught something and dont change.... like gun laws eh?

  • Sheep C
    Sheep C 21 day ago +2

    Dude the imperial system makes no sense

    • TheZui
      TheZui 17 days ago

      In what way does it make no sense?

  • William Shakes Beer
    William Shakes Beer 21 day ago

    The other way around same confusion 🤣. Metric is more precise, period.

  • Skenderbeuismyhero
    Skenderbeuismyhero 21 day ago

    Even though we don't use metric very much in our colloquiall English we still use it in school. Congatulations on having employees that failed junior high science!

    • Billy Richard
      Billy Richard 19 days ago

      That's a misconception. Americans learn metric in our schools, though some likely forget it eventually, but we generally don't have an intuitive feel for the units. If someone tells me their weight in kilograms I would have to convert it to get an idea of how big they are (assuming I couldn't see them). The people in this video just didn't know the conversions off the top of their head.

  • friendlyfirefish
    friendlyfirefish 21 day ago

    It's surprising a country so anti England they went to war to get away from them kept their system of measurement.

  • CUBETechie
    CUBETechie 22 days ago

    45 cm is 1ft 5,9 inches or something I don't get the imperial system.

    Even if most of the world use metric system why aircrafts and ships use imperial system?

  • Kaiza
    Kaiza 22 days ago +54

    “You learn how to do something a certain way... forever, and you’re suddenly taught to do it different... it doesn’t work!”
    Cool. Let’s all get back on our horses, ride to our straw huts and pray diseases away because they’re demons xD

  • Blodershade Donald productions

    americans: yeah we shoudl keep our sistem. lile whats the problem of making another spaceship run out of gas?

  • Arogarn Hawke
    Arogarn Hawke 23 days ago

    "Americans"...USA thinks they are the only ones,ignoring Argentina,Mexico,Brazil,etc...

    • Billy Richard
      Billy Richard 19 days ago

      When speaking English "America" refers to the United States of America.

  • TheSwiftFalcon
    TheSwiftFalcon 24 days ago

    Of course you should change it, because:
    2. It's objectively better
    1. It is objectively much better for everyone around the world to be using the same system
    Dressing for a certain temperature in Celsius is very easy, and doesn't even require you to translate to Fahrenheit. What you need to know, is that water freezes at 0, and boils at 100.

  • Apostata
    Apostata 24 days ago

    So... how many fingers is a foot? And how many hands is a mile?

  • Thomas Lindroos
    Thomas Lindroos 24 days ago

    Well I don't know about "America" but USA oficially adopted the metric system a loong time ago.

  • 陈北宗
    陈北宗 25 days ago

    At least for programming instead of those imperial unit conversion algorithms which can lose accuracy or rely on big numbers metric units plays nice using perfect accuracy fixed point arithmetic and numeric representation are within comfortable ranges too. For example using a 16-bit unsigned integer as 1/100 kelvin allows a range from absolute zero to 655.35 kelvin or -273.15 to 382.20 degrees Celsius, a nice match for a house IoT thermometer with a range -10 to 250 degrees Celsius. This is a comfortable range for

  • heaventje
    heaventje 25 days ago

    For young people to adapt to the metric system is easier.
    I was 16 when in 2002 The Netherlands switched currency to euro's and it took me at least 2/3 years to get really used to it.
    I've also met a lot of people well in their 40's now that sometimes still slip up.

    I tried to learn the imperial system, but it just won't stick. I know roughly the length of an inch and the lenght of a foot and a mile, but not when it comes to long lengths.

    SNSDatDPRK 25 days ago

    Royale with cheese

  • Thomas S.
    Thomas S. 26 days ago +3

    as a european i was cringing 98% of the time

  • Chet Coyote
    Chet Coyote 27 days ago

    Didn't the us sign up when the metric system came about but never used it

  • A. Wellknownmyth
    A. Wellknownmyth 27 days ago

    Where I come from we changes ovefr from imperial to metric and the world did not end. Metric is so much better.

  • Ronald de Rooij
    Ronald de Rooij 27 days ago

    In Europe we had to change from our old currencies in the new currency (the Euro). That was the same thing. Nobody died. It was a mighty inconvenience and it took me five years to get used to it. Especially when talking about big numbers.

  • Sushant Manandhar
    Sushant Manandhar 27 days ago

    Outside of scientific circles and in the real world, Fahrenheit is a much better unit than Celcius
    0F = real fucking cold
    100F = real fucking hot
    Even in scientific circles Kelvin trumps Celcius
    Other units are better in metric though. I mean, a mile is 5820 something feet iirc. Wtf, why can't it be a nice even 1000

  • Challenge PE
    Challenge PE 27 days ago

    Americans gonna be screwed when they find 9mm bullets