5 Facts That Didn’t Make the Cut

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  1. Again, we in the USA do NOT use the Imperial measurements. We use the US Customary units. There is a difference.

    Also, Napoleon's alleged shortness was based on the units of length in France and England using the same words but were slightly different. So his 5'2" (or thereabouts) were the equivalent of 5'6" or so, the English average height. It truly had nothing to do with the birth of the Metric system.

  2. The main reason we suck at math isn't because of the metric system, but because we aren't willing to have teachers add variety to the methods students can use; Anyone can do math, but doing it 'right' is B.S., it's not going to work the same way for everyone. I've had teachers and professors baffled by how I solve equations, unsure of how I developed my method, but fine with it since it always works. Issue is, the methods I use are fast for me, but not everyone—I've tutored math and often used different methods compared to what I would, because I know math isn't the same for everyone, even if anyone can do it. Think of it like this: Everyone can see color but those colors we see won't be the same for everyone. Yet, we expect everyone to see the same exact colors. That's why we're bad at math—we don't adapt for our students—forcing others to follow or fail (mostly) without exceptions

  3. Get a quality bike. A used one to save money, and get used to maintaining and adjusting it. Most modern, decent quality bikes have parts that are metric (except for the threading of the bottom bracket, which is called 'English thread').

  4. As someone who works in architecture and designs & builds furniture, I much prefer the imperial system as it relates to the human body. I've done projects in Europe and was forced to use the metric system and hated it. That being said, I do like metric for measuring large distances and volumes.

  5. My dad grew up near the border to Canada and that school district taught equally the metric and imperial systems. He tried teaching me the metric system before I went to school, and it worked! Until I went to school and lost all of his efforts 🤦🏻‍♀️

  6. During the full video you mentioned a certain number of grains makes a pound. You mentioned it more than once, at one of them I had a eureka moment, where I realized that grains are still used to measure gunpowder

  7. (I'm from Israel)
    Oh no! We're ranked as low as the Americans?!? But they are notoriously uneducated!!…
    (Oh, well, now I know we are too)

  8. I am so tired of hearing that Napoleon was average height for his time. If you haven't heard this factoid a dozen times yet, you almost certainly don't like edutainment videos.

  9. A whole year of math is not lost from teaching both… it is good to know equivalents/ratios. It also teaches multiplication and division.

    Where is that fact from? Yikes.

  10. tbh metric is better and o dont think that just because im from europe…

    for measuring you're using expressions like 1/8", 3/4" and so on… that gets very confusing when you meed toeasure small things and for that you use metric system (milimeters)

    and they are also easier to convert (1km>1000m, 1m>10dm, 1dm>10cm, 1cm>10mm etc.)

  11. Yes because using inches, feet, yards and miles are so much easier than the multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 of metres.
    Oh wait, the fact that most Americans don't know the difference between a fluid ounce and weighted ounces is such a doozy to follow recipes

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