This blog was written while on a holiday in America and it is interesting to observe the differences between the UK and the USA. In some ways they are ahead of us and in some ways behind. Neither is automatically good or bad.
One thing I like is they still have imperial measures – they haven’t given in to the incomprehensibility of metric. A foot is still a foot, roughly the size of your feet so you can measure most things by putting one foot after the other; or for longer distances, a large stride is a yard, so you can count your paces to calculate distances outside. Although I never did figure out a rod, pole or perch, I still think they must be more to do with fishing.
They use miles too, but then again so do we. The European Court of Justice has not yet caught up with our road sign-writers.
The weather forecasters still speak Farenheit so at least I know that when it is 70°or more, it is going to be hot. In the UK I still haven’t a clue what the temperature is going to be even after watching the weather forecast.
Filling up the car is a bit more confusing, because for some reason they call petrol “gas”, which it isn’t! On the good side, they still use gallons, but to complicate things if you want to pay cash, you have to pay in advance, which requires you to guesstimate how many gallons you need.
Weight wise they calculate everything in pounds, they don’t seem to have got the hang of stones. So people weigh in at 140 pounds if they are 10 stones. I never got around to finding out about ounces.
One thing they are different on is the currency. Dollars are simple enough to understand until you come to pay for anything – then the notes are all the same size and colour – just to get you confused again. On top of that, it’s only when you get to the till that they add on the sales tax. So everything costs a bit more than you think.
You buy potatoes in pounds and petrol in gallons, but why did they never learn to drive on the left ???????????????