Imperial units are one of these things I would have expected to disappear in the last century, yet they are still around. One of the few metric units used in the US is the ton. Except it is not: the US uses the short ton, which is 2000 pounds, so roughly 907 kilograms. There is also a long ton of 2240 pounds (15×12×12 pounds).
The main complaint of people who oppose moving to the metric system is that they have no clue what units are equivalent to and conversion is hard. So I propose to add the following units to make the transition easier. This approach has the following advantages:
- The units convert easily to imperial units
- They are roughly equivalent to metric units
- They are complicated enough to satisfy the Anglo-Saxon mind-set
Once people are using these units, shifting to the real metric units is just a bit of fudging…
|Unit||Imperial Value||Metric value|
|Short meter||1 yard||0.9144 metres|
|Long meter||40 inches||1.016 metres|
|Short kilo||2 pounds||0.907185 kilograms|
|Long kilo||36 ounces||1.02058 kilograms|
|Short kilometre||1024 yards||0.9363456 kilometers|
|Long kilometre||2 / π miles||1.024540210941133 kilometers|
The last one might seem overly complicated, but I assure you, this is very logical: if you have a circle of one mile of circumference, then the radius is half a long kilometre.