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Take the Fahrenheit Pledge

David Sandalow | Posted 12.14.2015 | Science
David Sandalow

In the next week, millions of Americans will hear and read news stories about global warming. They'll hear that allowing global average temperatures to increase by more than 2°C would be dangerous. There's only one problem: Americans think in degrees Fahrenheit.

Dayana Morales Gomez

Lincoln Chafee's Metric System Suggestion Actually Makes A Lot Of Sense | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island senator and governor now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, drew lots of coverage -...

Eat, Weigh, Love: Reaching Your Fat Milestone

John K. Herr | Posted 01.12.2015 | Comedy
John K. Herr

I don't want to be overweight. But I get it. You've got to eat less and exercise. And that goes against my philosophy. I believe in living every day like it's the last day of my life. And who's going to exercise on the last day of their life?

Travel Reveals How America Is Different From the Rest of the World, Part 2

Larissa and Michael Milne | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Larissa and Michael Milne

From eating pizza to the metric system and more it's really a different world out there. Here are some more differences that travel has revealed.

Travel Reveals 10 Ways America Is Different From the Rest of the World

Larissa and Michael Milne | Posted 03.28.2014 | Travel
Larissa and Michael Milne

Americans eat pizza the way it was intended, by picking up a slice with their hands. In other countries they daintily eat pizza the wrong way, (I grew up in New York so yes, I can be harshly judgmental about this,) with a knife and fork.

Doing Dumb Stuff

Steve Mason | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Steve Mason

Archeologists occasionally dig up strange artifacts that make no sense. Carefully crafted in gold or silver, they obviously served some significant pu...

Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Lila Nordstrom

In the same way that the foot was obviously invented by a potentially vain, math-hating medieval person, the meter was clearly invented by an anti-social mathematician.

Science Words: Numbers

Cheryl B. Frech | Posted 10.13.2012 | Science
Cheryl B. Frech

All countries utilize a mixture of historical and metric units, but the United States is especially multicultural in this area. A simple trip to the grocery store might find you purchasing a two-liter container of a soft drink, a gallon of milk and a pound of beef.


Phil Perrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Phil Perrier

That's another thing about back then. Everybody smoked and drank, all the time. If you ever watch old TV shows, the people are all smoking. Even Lassie!

The Pint Lives On: EU Caves To Allow 'Imperial Measurements'

New York Times | DAN BILEFSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Britons and the Irish can still down a pint of beer, walk a mile, covet an ounce of gold and eat a pound of bananas after the European Union ruled tod...