Being the richest, most bad ass country in the world is kind of like being the captain of the high school football team: There are certain privileges that come with the position.
In the case of high school, that means not having to lug heavy equipment around and getting the hottest (and often dimmest) dates to prom. In the case of the United States it means that we don’t have to adopt sissy global conventions like the Metric System of measurement just because everyone else does.
I’ll have more on the Metric—or Communist—system of measurement in the next day or two. Until then I’d like to leave you with this map of countries that have refused to capitulate to Napoleon’s yard stick. The grey countries use the Metric System.
Yeah, we’re pretty bad ass.
[map via Wikipedia]