So, how’s that ol’ metric system workin’ out?

Story (redefining stuff)
Historical ref (the Pi Bill)


  1. Jess
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm |

    It all becomes a little chaotic over time. The constants change, the measuring changes, and pretty soon, somebody starts a war over something as silly as the actual weight of a chicken.

  2. jlw
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 6:01 pm |

    Pluto’s still a planet!

  3. DougM (the new Beto)
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 6:10 pm |

    ^ “Still” or “again”?
    I don’t get the memos.

  4. jlw
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm |

    “Natalie: Good news.
    Dana: What?
    Natalie: Pluto’s still a planet.
    Sally: It was touch and go there for a while?
    Natalie: Don’t underestimate Pluto. Pluto doesn’t know the word quit.”


    i ignore the memos

  5. sortah
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 6:42 pm |

    So……if Pluto floats, it’s a witch?

  6. Veeshir
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm |

    Don’t they believe in conservation of mass?

  7. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm |

    I think that Indiana guy had a rounding error in Pi at the 2 to the 128th power decimal place. Sucks to run out of paper just when you’re almost there.

  8. DougM (the new Beto)
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 8:54 pm |

    Pluto’s a dog…
    owned by a mouse…
    whose pal, Goofy, is a dog…
    and whose other pal is a duck who doesn’t wear pants.

    As children, we had absolutely no problem dealing with all this.
    We could discriminate between obvious fantasy and reality,
    Santa notwithstanding.

  9. Jess
    Posted November 17, 2018 at 8:22 am |

    The new definition is a planet has enough gravity to create a sphere. Pluto meets this definition. So, we now again have a planet with the same name as Mickey’s dog. Walt Disney would be proud.

  10. Icemaned -Ruth Beto Ginsburg
    Posted November 17, 2018 at 9:10 am |

    As they say, there are two types of countries in this world, those that use the metric system and those that have been to the moon.

  11. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted November 17, 2018 at 9:23 am |

    ^(7) dick, is that guy from Indiana the same one who ran the numbers on Lizzie Warren’s DNA? Two to the tenth should have been do-able for him…

  12. drew458
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm |

    Pluto is a planet.

    The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus.

    Sulphur is spelled with a “ph” and two “u”s.

    And the little creature that started the whole equine thing was eophippus, the Dawn Horse.

    There are two genders, male and female.

    There are 7000 grains to the pound, but the reason that there are 15432.4 grains to the kilograms is because Europeans are inept. If the metric system was worth cat spit, a kilo would have weighed 15000 grains exactly. Or 15360, which would make it exactly “2 pounds” made out of troy ounces, like the kind used to weigh gold, which come in at 480 grains apiece. [ Sadly, a troy pound is only 12 troy ounces, 5760 grains, which is even more inept. But it does provide the real answer to that grade school question "which weighs more, a pound of gold or a pound of feathers?"; it's feathers because they use different measuring systems that both share the same term "pound". ]

    Don’t mess up my world with your stupid redefinitions.

  13. DougM (the new Beto)
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 7:38 pm |

    Personally, I think the US/metric argument has gone the way of the slide rule, now that everybody has a friggin’ computer in their pockets. Wouldn’t be any worse if somebody wants to use Olde English units like furlongs, fortnights, gills, stones, hands, nautical miles, fathoms, and leagues… or for that matter, astronomical units, light years, and parsecs.

    And, as before, don’t get me started on angles, time, and clothing sizes.

    It’s a question of how lazy one expects to be.