Knowing stuff is unfashionable, as is showing any effort or enthusiasm.
Whereas being on a reality TV show... the world we live in
. This is an American example, but if you've even heard of the name 'Honey Boo Boo
', you can add to your feeling of disappointment in society with the fact that it is broadcast on a network called TLC (The Learning Channel
, commence eye-rolling
My biggest gripe, though, is when people know literally next to nothing about geography and countries of the world. I can understand to an extent people having limited knowledge of a subject they aren't interested in, but I have seriously heard some shocking guesses/answers over the years.
Back on topic again, there is nothing complex about the factors of 144, but 100 is still the easiest (even when you divide by certain non-factors (e.g. 3, 6, 9, 11) you can establish an answer instantly). I can mentally convert km-miles roughly (x1.6 or 0.6), it's just wasted effort compared to people from other countries who don't need to do this (unless they are over here.... I get it now, this is all some sort of anti-immigration measure isn't it? I'd rescind all arguments, but if that was the plan it hasn't been working well over the years has it?)
The factors issue for dividing miles is also important, I cannot stress this enough but from my original post, but 1km=1,000m; 1 mile = 5,280ft, 1,760yd, or 'about 1,609m'. Working with those figures isn't something you can do on the spot unless you're a supercomputer.
For the people that want to measure in imperial for themselves, I have no problem with it (many other 'old' units are kept alive in this way), just in official means (e.g. road signs), this is a case where we (the British Isles, you know what I mean
) should really just apply common sense and do what everyone else is doing, same goes for the others (USA, etc.). PS: ounces > pounds, pounds > stone - same principle .