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I was leaving the farm yesterday morning on the first "warm" day of this month (27 degrees) and I noticed the LCD Time and Temp reading at the bank gave the reading in both Farenheit and Celsius. Now I've noticed this before of course. I even have geeky fun sometimes trying to do the conversion from F to C in my head but I wonder why we even bother to do that anymore. Certainly in my little farming community it is not to make some misplaced European feel more comfortable. Not to insult my friends from Canada and England but why bother? I can remember as a kid in the 70's and early 80's that there was a push to learn the metric system, because all our teachers said we would be using it exclusively some day and it was so much easier to remember because it was based on multiples of ten and not the plethora of measurements we all grew up with which were basically based on the length of certain body parts in olden times. Well it might have been easier to remember if we hadn't grown up wondering how many miles it was to grandma's house or how many pounds the dog weighed when you gave him a bath.

With the exception of the few signs on major interstates that say "Knoxville 100 miles or 161 Kilometers", 2 Liter bottles of Soda and a bunch of Chemistry teachers and Drug Dealers we don't use the metric system for much of anything in everyday life, so why bother with it anymore. I have a pretty good sense of how heavy a pound is and how much corn there is in a bushel and how long it takes to walk a mile. But othre than Soda coming in 2 liter bottles, I don't have a real sense of how many liters of water it takes to fill up the bathtub.

And if we insist on showing the temps in Celsius then why not show them in Kelvin too? Then at least 32 degrees would actually seem warmer at 273.15 degrees Kelvin.

Ok now for another completely useless observation.

Why on the TV Show the Bachelor, everytime Aron got ready to do the little funky and overly dramatic rose ceremony, would the announcer as they faded to commercial, say "and when we return, which of these lovely ladies is about to get her heart broken?"

But yet, on The Bachelorette, the announcer asks "which of these guys is about to get his ego crushed?"

WTF? Like men have no emotions and after spending 4 weeks with this chick, they have not fallen in love and run the risk of having their heart broken? Like it's somehow worse for a woman to get rejected because men can just brush it off as a bruised ego and go on? I'd be willing to bet there are several of those guys who as they get nearer to the end only to be rejected go home and worry about their self worth and why they are not worthy of another person's love. I'd say that was a little more than ego talking there.

And yes I think they are both stupid shows and it's pertly their own fault if they set themselves up like that but come on. Can we be any more cynical here?



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Jan. 30th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
I find it really amusing that while our stereotype of drug dealers in this country is as a rather uneducated bunch, that they've collectively got a much better grasp on the metric system.
Jan. 30th, 2003 10:47 am (UTC)
I like how when they report a really big drug bust on TV that they say the amount in terms of pounds or even tons because we have no idea what a kilo looks like.

Jan. 30th, 2003 11:54 am (UTC)
I think I'm actually one of the few weird people trying to learn the metric system, at least in the kitchen, because I have no idea how to convert oz. to cups to quarts to gallons to crap...and then there's the problem of dry weight and wet weight where 16 oz. of liquid does not equal 1 lb but 2 cups, as 16. oz of sugar would. Or something like that. Anyway, after all my chemistry courses, it's much easier for me to think of 250 mL of water, even though I may have difficulty visualizing it all the way. But it makes it easier for me when buying things for my recipes...I can look at the grams on the package and know if I have enough, where I can't always convert from oz to cups/lbs because I'm stupid in that area, unless I have a copy of my kitchen lab/cook book with me.

As for the Bachelor and Bachelorette, I agree with you. Even more amusing to me, though, is Joe Millionaire, in which Joe Smoe has the audacity to say, "I want her to open up and trust me"...I nearly fell out laughing. Of course, I do hope he picks a snooty bitch who's in it for the money and they are both disappointed -- but I'm mean in that sense.
Jan. 30th, 2003 12:12 pm (UTC)
I just loved the whole idea of Joe Millionaire. That they would lure people in on the premise of marrying a rich guy. I really didn't care about his emotions and all. I just wanted to see what happened when they found out there was no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Yeah, I'm with you. We're both going to Hell.

As far as the metric/conventional thing goes with recipes at least, I guess I'm wierd. I judge amounts by weight rather than actual measure. Like I pick up a sack of flour and feel it's weight and say, "Yeah, that feels like enough for a cake."

And you know, I've never really come across a recipe that was so exact that it really mattered if you used a wet measuring cup to measure dry ingredients or vice versa. If it's too dry I add a little water or another egg or whatever. To wet? add a little flour or more sugar or cornstarch. Ive never been one for exactness in recipes.

Jan. 30th, 2003 01:54 pm (UTC)
I like to have the metric system reinforced, so that when I travel overseas I'm somewhat confused rather than completely lost.

And isn't cynicism about human nature, and playing off of disgusting stereotypes, the whole POINT of those shows? If they didn't cater to the lowest common denominator, they wouldn't be so damn entertaining for everyone.

Also, if anyone goes on one of those shows and gets their heart broken or their ego crushed, they asked for it and I just hope they have a learning experience about maybe treating their life like something more serious that they actually have to live with....
Jan. 30th, 2003 02:11 pm (UTC)
What gets me about these shows is that yes, it seems like cynicism is the point. But yet these shows have waiting lists of people who want to be on them. I wonder at the people who are that desperate to find a mate that they inflict that kind of embarassment upon themselves. I mean I'm almost embarrassed for some of the contestants. I used to wonder if these folks just had never seen one of these shows or heard the gales of laughter when people sit around in groups watching them. But then the girl in The Bachelorette was actually a female contestant on the original Bachelor so go figure. You think she would have learned. Of course you'd think that by now, anyone who goes on Survivor would have learned what not to do but every season people make the same initial mistakes over and over again.

Jan. 30th, 2003 02:22 pm (UTC)
I thought they just wanted to be on tv!
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