Why America still uses Fahrenheit

Why America still uses Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit, explained to the rest of the world

Since I’ve moved to the US in 2010, there’s one thing that I still don’t fully understand: the imperial system. Virtually every country on earth uses Celsius but America has yet to follow. Although it might not seem like a big deal, not using the metric system puts America at a great disadvantage. For example, American kids have to learn 2 sets of measurements making science education even more difficult. On top of that, American companies have to produce extra products to export to metric countries. So why does the United States still have such an antiquated system of measurement?

Read more about Fahrenheit here: https://www.vox.com/2015/2/16/8031177/america-fahrenheit

Read more about the metric system here: https://www.vox.com/2014/5/29/5758542/time-for-the-US-to-use-the-metric-system

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20 Responses

  1. La Volpe says:

    Unfortunate, but I can understand the argument here. I do still think it’d be beneficial to switch over in the long run however, the metric system is far superior to Fahrenheit in just about every way.

  2. ALurkingGrue says:

    You know, you could just set your echo to default to metric.

    1 Open your Alexa app.
    2 Tap on Settings in the upper left corner.
    3 Select your Echo.
    4 Under Metrics Measurements, select OFF for Fahrenheit, and ON for Celsius.

  3. Claire Knight says:

    I don’t like Celsius, when talking about heat for example, 25 degrees doesn’t sound threatening… “it’s gonna be 100 tomorrow!” sounds much more appropriate.

  4. Walter White says:

    This video is 4:51 long. I see what you did there 🙂

  5. Godzilla McDolan says:

    TBH the general public in the U.K. still use the imperial system for certain things
    We use feet for height, miles and kilometres side by side for some reason, measure weight in pounds, kg and stones but still use millilitres and milligrams for small measurements
    But no one uses Fahrenheit
    It’s just whatever feels right

  6. Teh Turtle says:

    F = (C x 9) ÷ 5 + 32 C = ((F – 32) x 5) ÷ 9

    It’s really not too hard to remember.

  7. Rofl Copter says:

    F stands for Freedom and C for Communism.

  8. Dominik Gadecki says:

    Well the problem is that they cannot just switch the systems over the night. This will be a bit chaotic an a very unwise thing to do. This has to be done step by step and it will take some decades at least.
    First the metric system has to be fully introduced to the school system and forced by law in every state. I was in US high school (Ohio)and i think most of youth there know the system well.
    Next step will be to do a “double system” also forced by law. Every box, gas station, label, road sign would have to have a volume, area, length and weight in both metric in imperial systems.
    3rd one would be to slowly replace old signs (after is necessary because the road sign is damage or etc.) with new only in metric system. I believe that this is what they do in UK right now.
    It will take some time but i think in a long run would be good for Americans. I think actually things like temperature could be change over the night, most of people would adjust over week or so. But as we all know it is really hard to get rid of old habits 🙂 so i think we will all die and still do not see any change. haha

  9. Maeve Franklin says:

    People not in America do know we can know the metric system, right? We learn both in school. We use Celsius everyday in math, science and geography. I agree it isn’t practical to have to learn multiple systems of measurement but we do understand the metric system.
    Edit: What Highschool did you guys go to that you didn’t use the metric system everyday? I’m doing AP Bio homework and using it rn? Also when taking Chem last year I memorized the conversion rates but I guess I can’t speak for people outside of North NJ.

  10. L O L says:

    I don’t even know what I use. I just go along with it saying, oh yeah it’s hot.

  11. QuantumBraced says:

    C is not metric, it’s SI. It’s just as arbitrary as F. Who cares about water. Kelvin is the only measurement that makes sense. The whole premise of this video is wrong. C vs F has nothing to do with the metric system.

  12. David B says:

    I don’t understand why non-Americans seem to care so much about Americans using the Imperial system or Fahrenheit. Americans don’t care if you use the Metric system or Celsius at all. If they see a measurement they don’t understand then they just convert it to the measurements they understand and get along with their business. Hell, American scientists use the Metric system and Celsius for a lot of things, so there is no reason at all for non-Americans to be getting annoyed with Americans using their own measurements outside of scientific experiments.

  13. xMusicx says:

    US doesn’t change to metric because it simply doesn’t have to, it’s a quarter of earths economy, others have to adjust if they want to do business, it’s similar to why so many Japanese cant speak English, they dont have to, wealthy semi enclosed nation with few foreigners, you want to do business with them you adjust.

  14. Tommy Wiseau says:

    Celsius is superior.

  15. Timesink says:

    Why are other countries so damn obsessed with how Americans measure things? If it works for us, it works. Get off your high horse.

  16. Randall Stephens says:

    Fahrenheit: 0 degrees is really cold, 100 degrees is really hot
    Celsius: 0 degrees is cold, 100 degrees is dead

  17. Vorkai Cyboulsky says:


  18. Kevin Swarthout says:

    0c = kinda cold, 100c = death.
    0f = really cold, 100f = really hot.

    Both are arbitrary but f is more human-centric.

    If we wanted a less arbitrary unit, what could work is where 1° equals the change in temperature of 1gram of water when heated by 1j. A calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise a gram of water by 1°c, so this would be the same but working backwards from a less arbitrary unit (joules).

  19. Scipius says:

    While Celsius is great for science with 0 – 100 degrees C being the freezing and boiling points of water, I have always viewed Fahrenheit as the “Human temperature.” Think about it, where Fahrenheit is confusing for taking scientific measurements, Celsius is confusing for Human comfort. 0 – 100 degrees F is approximately the range of temperature that humans can withstand, given the appropriate clothing.

  20. Michael says:

    because we’re american

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