Random Joke #10: Metric Problems


It was said that an Australian bank officer heard the following explanation from a farmer who has money problems:

It all started back in 1966 when they changed pounds to dollars, me bloomin’ overdraft doubles. Then they brought in kilograms instead of pounds and me wool clip dropped by half. Then they changed rain to millimeters and we haven’t had a inch of rain since. They brought in Celsius and it never got over 40; no wonder me wheat wouldn’t grow. Then they changed acres to hectares and I end up with half the land I had. By this time I’d had it and decided to sell out. I got the place in the agent’s hands when they changed from miles to kilometers. Now I’m too far out of town for anyone to buy the stinking place!!

Source: Just saw it in my inbox today.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

10 thoughts on “Random Joke #10: Metric Problems

  1. Back when my mom was in school, the U.S. tried switching from imperial to metric, but ended up scrapping the idea. After familiarity with one system, changing to another, even a system that one can more easily manipulate, faces objection, though my mom didn’t mind metric. I, for one, prefer the metric mass units when baking, converting from the cups and tablespoons of recipes to grams that I measure on a kitchen scale.
    A clever joke, Edmark and a great find by whoever sent it to you.


  2. This is so funny. Poor confused guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole of US would feel the same about metric. :)) to me it seems the easy solution but I guess they react emotionally to the known quantities.

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