Metrication Handbook: The Modernized Metric System Explained
Keller & Associates

Submitter: This book just got weeded from our library on Monday.  It had been hiding in reference.  It brought back a lot of memories from my childhood from our country’s grandiose plan to go metric.  I love the quote on the front about metrication in the US.  “It’s Happening!”   Not.  We had a good laugh.  The only reason anyone in the USA knows what a liter is is from drinking soda.

Holly: It’s been a while since we’ve had any posts about the “future” of the metric system in the U.S.  Face it, folks, it’s not happening.  It is safe to weed these now




  1. I laughed when I saw JJ Keller because I live near Neenah. To be fair, if they do work for countries overseas, they probably use metric. My husband does at work. But for the rest of us, Americans are too stubborn.

  2. You are metric, just don’t realize it. Any company that sells goods abroad packages in metric. Science is done in metric. This book still should be weeded.

  3. Who says? I don’t get what’s so “great” and “easy” about the metric system. And believe me, having a scientist for a father I’ve been exposed to it a lot. Not everything is better just because everyone else is doing it.

  4. I remember writing an editorial for my high school paper about our glorious metric future. I really wish we had gone metric. It’s a system that actually makes sense. But I suppose it’s too suspiciously European for people to use it now.

  5. I live in England and we were supposed to have gone metric years ago, thanks to our nice, financially-sensible friends in the European Union. But our road signs are still all in miles, we buy our beer and our milk in pints and we all think of our height in feet and inches. Maybe our pals over the channel might do a bit more to try to convert us when they get round to it, but I think they might have other things on their mind right now…

  6. That is the most inaccurate flag I’ve seen in some time (:

    And I doubt that anyone who needs to be convinced of the need to go metric will care about “amount of substance” or “luminous intensity”. Also, “electric current” (bottom right star on the flag) has NO non-Metric equivalent.

  7. Yes, this book needs weeding. It’s wrong in all kinds of ways. However, it is NOT mistaken about metric being easier. As a math nerd, I can attest to the simplicity of the metric system. I’d hate to move here after living in a metric land somewhere. What? Twelve inches in a foot? Three feet in a yard? And how many yards in a mile? How many teaspoons in a cup? You see what I mean.

  8. I agree it’s a weeder.

    That said, I wish we’d gone metric back then, so I could’ve grown up using it (I was born in 1982). I’ve long had an interest in math and science, and metric is definitely easier in those fields (especially how all the different units are tied together). I also remember half-jokingly asking my architectural drafting teacher if we could just switch to metric instead of using feet and inches. (Though it’s really not all /that/ bad, since I know my 12’s.)

  9. Jami–What’s so great and easy about the metric system? This:

    How many meters are in 23.7 kilometers? 23,700.
    How many feet are in 23.7 miles? Well, one mile is 5,280 feet, so that’s 5,280 times 23.7 which is…um…let me get my calculator out…125,136.

    In short? The metric system doesn’t really require any math, just moving decimal places. Ours requires quite a lot, and with all different numbers.

  10. “Face it, folks, it’s not happening.”

    Not entirely true. Scientists and those in science-related professions everywhere, including the US, use the metric system right now. If you have any kids who are planning to grow up and become physicists, chemists, medical researchers, pharmacists, lab technicians, doctors, nurses, etc., etc., they will be using the metric system.

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