A few weeks back I posted my feelings on the Metric System. Though I was mostly joking, I had some people agree, and some people disagree. I’ve found that most Metric supporters feel that it is superior to the Imperial System in every way. Whatever. Here is what I do know. Maybe the metric system is superior, but it doesn’t work for everything. Case in point, here are a few instances where the Imperial Mile is used. I will convert it to Metric and you can be the judge.
Let’s start with music. The classic 1983 Plimsouls hit, A Million Miles Away, when converted to Metric becomes, One Million, Six Hundred Nine Thousand Kilometers Away. Maybe I’m wrong, but that really doesn’t have the same ring to it. How about Eminem’s, 8 Mile? In metric it becomes 12.875 Kilometer. Once again, not the same ring.
Okay, so if music isn’t your thing how about movies? The 1999 Tom Hanks film, The Green Mile, which was based on a novel of the same name by Stephen King, becomes The Green 1.609 Kilometer. I don’t know about you, but I feel The Green Mile has a little more dramatic cache. How about Poetry? Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening contains the famous phrase, ‘and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep’ Roughly convert that to Metric and it becomes ‘And Kilometers to go before I sleep, and kilometers to go before I sleep.’ I’m no poet, but the Metric version really doesn’t roll of the tongue in a poetic manner, does it?
I could go on and on but that would be redundant. My point is that maybe mathematically the Metric System makes a little more sense. I’ll give you that. But the Imperials System just sounds better. The Imperial System is cooler. We got the Mile High Club. What do you got?