The Chinese-built mass-produced 2e should be less expensive than its American sibling, but Deringer believes that US buyers will want what his version has to offer. “From the initial research that I’ve done, I get a lot of people in Silicon Valley and California and Texas and other places who would like the car hand-made, not Chinese-made, and they want it to match to what their requirements are,” he tells us. “We can do that in the US, it can’t be done in China.”
We measure distance in miles, but fiber optic cable diameter in millimeters. We weigh deli products in pounds, but medicine in milligrams. We buy gasoline by the gallon, but soda comes in liter-size bottles. We parcel property in acres, but remote sensing satellites map the Earth in square meters.
While many countries mandate the use of the metric system by law, the U.S. Congress has repeatedly passed laws that encourage voluntary adoption of the metric system. We use a mixture of metric and customary units depending on the context. We also have a long tradition of voluntary standards and our bilingual system of measurement is part of that tradition.
I may be prejudiced by my upbringing, but I always broke it down to metric being the most scientific measurement system, while imperial is the most human, very much in the Spock vs Kirk kind of way.
Fahrenheit? 0 = friggin' cold, 100 = friggin' hot.
How long is a foot? Approximately the size of your foot.
You walked a kilometer? Big whoop. You walked a mile? That's a workout.
A gallon of milk will last you the week, a gallon of gas will get you home.
Putting up a wall? We're gonna need some 2x4s and 4x8s
Even the concept of converting grandma's recipe for chocolate cake to metric give me hives.
Now fixing my car? Measuring out the baby's medicine? Sending a probe to Mars? Hells yes, use metric, are you kidding? But for day to day stuff, mine's a pint.
The earth is like a tiny grain of sand, only much, much heavier.