There’s been some confusion over the size of today’s explosion in China’s Tianjin province, with some people mistakenly thinking it was the largest non-nuclear explosion of all time. It was not — that honor goes to the Russians — and you can partly blame our stupid system of measurement for the mistake.
Lincoln Chafee has launched Democratic presidential bid with at least one interesting proposal: he wants the U.S. to go metric.
How fast you're going while out floating on the big blue can be notoriously tricky to judge if you're just eyeballing it. One method used to get around this issue was introduced in the sixteenth century using a "chip log" or "log-line."
Though you've likely never given it much thought, a universally accepted unit of measurement like the humble meter is an amazing thing. It lets scientists separated by culture, language, race and even thousands of miles of geography work together on equations and problems like they were sitting next to each other. So…
Imperial units suck. They suck really, really hard. They're archaic, irrelevant, difficult to work with, and, perhaps most stupidly, based on incredibly arbitrary reasoning. As this wonderful video explains.
Despite all the talk of the paperless office, for some reason most of us still seem to drown under piles of dead tree. But while we're all intimately familiar with the stuff, understanding where those weird sizing conventions came from never seems to get any easier.
As a reminder, these are the three countries who don't use the incredibly sensible metric system: Liberia, Myanmar and of course, the United States of America. U-S-A! U-S-A! Hell, we should all form some sort of alliance! Non US-people, feel free to tell us why we're dumb for not using the metric system. [Wikimedia…