• The Metric System

    The Metric System

    I wish I had paid more attention at school because this Metric system is really kicking my ass.

    Just like almost every other American, I believe our system is the best and there’s no need to change it or learn anything else – until you arrive at another country and then you’re forced to figure out which is which.

    It’s hard to be in the middle of a conversation and someone starts rambling numbers in relation to Celsius, Kilometres, Kilograms, Metres, etc. What tends to happen is either I have no idea what they’re saying or if I have some basic knowledge of how to convert those numbers into more familiar terms like inches, feet, miles, pounds, etc, I’m quietly trying to convert them in my head and then lose the other half of the conversation. Or worst yet, is when you’re shopping and you have no idea what size you are – you pick up the size that you think you might be and it doesn’t fit!

    So a word of advice, if you’re planning on moving to Australia or even visiting, familiarize yourself with the Metric system. To help you out here is my cheat sheet:

    Metric system
    But if you’re like me and need instant knowledge, here is a great way of converting those confusing numbers:

    Online Conversion

    For more important conversions such as clothing, bras, and shoes, here are helpful links:

    Clothing and Shoe Sizes Online Conversions
    Bra Size Online Conversions

    Good luck!

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    3 thoughts on “The Metric System

    • Tors says:

      Hey, I like your cheat sheet! 🙂 Of course, no one uses decimeters here… but nice to know.

    • Tony says:

      Like you I grew up with the imperial system. Then in 1966 (when I was 16) Australia changed to metric currency (dollars and cents), and if there’s one excellent illustration of the superiority of the metric system it’s currency. Even though I’d known pounds, shillings and pence all my life, I (like most others) saw the immediate appeal of dealing in something where the base unit was 10. Like any conversion there was short term pain but if you look past that to the long term benefits then I think most Australians will agree it was worth it.

      Now we’ve just got to get you guys to drive on the “correct” side of the road 🙂

    • Y says:

      Good luck with that, Tony! I don’t think Americans are ready for that. They can be quite stubborn to change! I’m speaking from experience, of course 😉 – Y

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