...wait a minute wait a minute. This is dumb.

Why do we have to keep using this ridiculous base-8, base-16, base-32 numbering system? It's just confusing.

I can't tell if this doodad is meant to be 1 9/16" or 1 3/8" long... and you know what? I don't even care any more. I mean - WHO can tell what we're talking about here?

Wouldn't it be great if there was some simple, base-10 unit of measurement we could all just agree to use? These imperial measurements are just screwy. Wouldn't it be great if we could just call it 40 _somethings_ and everyone would know what we're talking about. I don't want to have to do division of fractions just to figure out what half a 1 9/16" bolt is - if it were a 40 _something_ bolt, then a bolt half the size would just be 20 _somethings_. Doesn't that make sense?

I mean, 8.3 pounds of water in a gallon? What's that all about? I mean - it's such a standard thing. It's water fer chrissakes. It should be one _something_ per _something_.

...

I KNOW!!!

Let's use the METRIC system!

They've already got it worked out! It's ALL base-10 numbers! MILLIMETRES! Of course! We should call the bolt a 40mm bolt! PROBLEM SOLVED!

Density of water?!? Why, it's 1 kg/litre! How easy is that?

Wow. That's our entire problem solved!

Why didn't we think of this before?

Oh. Wait. I know.

Because we're American.

## Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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