The Mile

I catch a lot of crap from people I know for trying to learn and use the metric measurement system (as well as the Celsius scale, for temperature). Despite most of the known world using it, and science using it exclusively, it’s hard to change the opinion of hundreds of years of Imperial measurement being drummed into our heads, as Americans.

Recently, I came across a short article about the history of why the mile is an awkward 5,280 feet, versus the easily convertible 1000 meters to a kilometer. The article keeps on giving, though, with different measurements, like the Nautical Mile and the Pound. Much of what we know (at least, again, here in America) for measurements is based on arbitrary and generally inaccurate measurements of a given area or volume. Some of these measurements are hundreds, if not thousands of years old. The history, however, is fascinating.

I’m going to keep on learning how to Metric and Celsius, despite it all. I find they’re much easier to identify and convert between. I do, however, find myself converting to miles or Fahrenheit for family and friends frequently, though. It’s and uphill battle, but I just have to take it one step at a time.

By Nathan DeGruchy

IT Support extraordinaire. FOSS lover and proud Husband and Father.