Canada became metric in 1973…. Or did it??!
So, there was Canada, wedged between England and the United States. We measured things with the Imperial System – all except where the British 160 ounce gallons, the 40 ounce quarts, and the 20 ounce pints became the wimpy, American Lite 128 oz. gallons, 32 oz. quarts, and 16 oz. pints – and except where you bought a pint of beer, and it was only 12 ounces.
In “Metric” Canada, you can’t buy a pound of butter; you get a 454 gram block. The wife’s Not-Legally-Pint and Quart glass canning jars are 473ML, and 946ML. A 12 American ounce can of Pepsi is 355ML in Canada. At least Canada is not alone in this No-Man’s-Land. I recently found that the serving ‘Standard’ for beer in Australia is 256ML – or, an 8-ounce cup. The only time an Aussie bar ever serves just 8 ounces, is to some opal-miner’s 10-year-old daughter.
The weather forecast on the radio doesn’t say that we’ll get an inexact 2 to 3 centimeters of snow, it says that we’ll receive 2 ½ centimeters, because the old guy at Environment Canada still says that it’ll snow an inch.
I thought that all this back and forth might confuse immigrants who are thoroughly embedded in the Metric System, but the Polish women at the EuroFoods store seem to be just as capable of dishing out 300 grams of sliced salami, as they are ¾ of a pound.
We’ve only been at this Metric thing for 45 years now, and with typical Canadian lack of determination, we still haven’t fully committed to it. This is about the softest conversion that I’ve ever seen. I wonder if there’s some type of Metric Viagra that could firm things up a bit. 😆
As usual, I hope to see you here again in a couple of days. Now, let’s see. In Metric, that’s…. 😳 Oh well, come back whenever you like.