April 21, 2010 5:11 PM Subscribe
Give me some real-world benchmarks so I can understand the metric system.
posted by l33tpolicywonk to Science & Nature (43 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Hey, guy born in the USA here. I'd like to use the metric system more, because I get how much more logical a base-10 measurement system is than one based on what a bunch of kings decided was normative a half millennium ago. Here's the problem: for 21 years, I've been surrounded by Imperial units every day and, though my sense of distances and degrees isn't great, I have gotten a sense of how far 100 yards is, and how cold 50 degrees Fahrenheight is and how fast 60 miles an hour is, etc.
Can you tell me any standard objects I experience in my day-to-day life that are equal to so many meters or weigh so many kilograms or go so many KPH? What Celsius temperatures are a cool and a warm day? How can I learn gradually to have an innate sense what metric units equal?