A measurement systembased off the number 10, the size of the earth, and proprties of water. It was intruduced by French revolutionaries with the intention of creating system that was logical and easy to use, and because the previous system had been based on the feet of the king, whom they had killed.
In practical terms, one metre is a pace, half a litre is a large drink, which ways about half a kilogram, and all temperatures below -20 celsius and above 35 celsius are unbearable.
Theoretically all major nations except the united states use the metric system. In practice, all nations including the united states use a mixture of the metric system and older units.
Scientists generally use the metric system almost exclusively, but the average man on the street still finds it a bit abstract.
A base 10 system of measurement the American public is too stupid to use.
see the 1960's-current
Something that America will never be able to muster the intelligence to use.
Canadian: Why don't you guys use the metric system?
American: We don't know how.
Canadian: It's simple. There are 10 millimeters in a centimeter, 10 centimeters in a decimeter, 10 decimeters in a meter...
American: *Brain overheats and explodes*
A system of measurement, used by most of the world, based off of units that make logical sense, unlike the arbitrary US system people have grown accustomed to.
1 kilometer is 1000 meters, 1 meter is 100 centimeters, 1 centimeter is 10 millimiters.
1 mile is 1760 yards, 1 yard is 3 feet, 1 foot is 12 inches.
The United States government's hopes of switching to the metric system were dashed once they realized it would cost billions of dollars.
Me: Yeah we went 135 miles per hour for about 5 minutes, the cop was gone.
European cousin: Cool?
1.A communists way of measuring
2.A threat to the U.S.A.
`Stalin:I love the metric system
Jesus:I hate it`
The special move commonly used by experimental band Indiephone during instances of mortal combat.
During a spirited performance of their hit Metrixxx, Orpheus Higginsigginsabottle-Smyth (the EU High Comissioner for Units at the time), jumped onto the stage and began to verbally abuse frontman The Ridiculous Sleeve for what he called his uneuropean propaganda.
The High Comissioner was not heard from until 3 days afterwards, when he emerged, naked and shaking, from a sewage pipe near Cardiff. When asked to recount his ordeal, his only words were "They went metric on my arse".
Indiephone on the metric system: LET'S GO METRIC!
An obnoxious system of measurement that, contrary to popular belief, Americans know, but don't see the need to waste billions, or time, on implementing. The metric system uses decimals and units of ten because fractions are just so much more convenient than whole numbers.
Canadian: Americans are too stupid to use the metric system.
American: Did you write that on the internet?
Canadian: Of course, stupid American.
American: Why didn't you use that global system of interconnected computer networks that Canadians invented?