5280 feet. I don't know how many meters are in a mile! meters is metric!
Plus, you don't count
. Your an American and as you said, you were raised and taught Imperial. Over here, we are taught metric in schools.
I know how far a mile is, but kilometer is just some random measurement...
I know your only pulling my leg here, but for the Euro-sceptics I will elaborate. Imperial measurements are random as they are made up of out of date
A mile started life as a measurement of how many steps by the Romans. It was originally 1500 metres. Over time and after several statutes on the
matter by Parliaments, it was refined (if I can use that word) to be 8 furlongs. A furlong is:
......... a measure of distance within Imperial units and U.S. customary units. Although its definition has varied historically, in modern terms it
equals 660 feet or 220 yards, and is therefore equal to 201.168 metres. There are ten chains in a furlong and eight furlongs in a mile. The name
"furlong" derives from the Old English words furh (furrow) and lang (long). It originally referred to the length of the furrow in one acre of a
ploughed open field (a medieval communal field which was divided into strips). The system of long furrows arose because turning a team of oxen pulling
a heavy plough was difficult. This offset the drainage advantages of short furrows and meant furrows were made as long as possible. For this reason,
it was once also called an acre's length.
That is a pretty random way to measure things in the 21st century, don't you think?
On the other hand, metres (be they milli, centi, kilo etc) are based on science. The metre is the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum
during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second.
Now, I admit that 1/299 792 458 of a second is pretty random, but it has a basis in science.
I would rather go with a measurement of distance travelled by light, than the distance between one patch of peasant land and another anyday!
Can someone explain that to me?
Alot of Euro-sceptics like to moan that fruit now has to be sold in kilo's/grams rather than pounds and ounces and how it was the first step to
metricisation. It wasn't. The currency change of 1969 (may be wrong on the date) was the first step to metricisation, long beofre the fruit thing of
Truth be told, ask anyone under the age of 30 if they know how much a pound or ounce is and they couldn't tell you, as we have all been brought up on
Only those that chuff would know how much an ounce is
. Even then, we (they?
) can tell you the metric equivalent in grams, as they like to check
the weight of the "goods" on a scale, which is metric.