Anyone who has lived outside of the United States or practiced science for a significant amount of time can vouch for the wonder that is the metric system. However, since an unfortunate majority of Americans do not fit this description, we’re subject to outbursts like these:
NO, on celsius. This is the United States of America. We speak English and use Fahrenheit. Well, I guess you could show wind speed in kilometers, too. Where does it stop? I guess when we become a Spanish speaking nation.
Yes, this was just one the many responses to an announcement by Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller on Houston ABC-13’s Weather Blog when he announced that the TV station’s weather report would now include temperatures in Celsius in addition to Fahrenheit.
Uh uh oh no he didn’t….
Let’s see what other gems Heller’s blog post produced in the comments section:
I don’t like the new addtion of celsius to the forecast, please remove it.
WHY CATER TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY? THEY SHOULD LEARN THE AMERICAN WAY. ENGLISH AND FAHREHEIT.
IF THE WHOLE COUNTRY GOES THE WAY OF THE METRIC SYSTEM, THEN IT’S A DIFFERENT SITUATION.
This is just another example of giving in to people who come here from other countries and are too lazy to learn our ways (English, non-metric temps, etc.). Why should they have to learn our ways, we feed them their ways so they don’t have to bother. This is a TERRIBLE idea. If I need to know how to convert something from metric to American temps, I will get a book and figure it out or find it on the internet. They should do the same. With the internet, anything can be learned without it having to be fed to us. I don’t expect other countries to cow-tow to my English, we should NOT cow-tow to their language and desires to not bother to learn our language and ways.
What the heck are you doing here channel 13?? We cater to everyone here in the US already. If you get a bunch of feedback asking for the labels on the screen to be in other languages are you going to do that too? NO I DO NOT AGREE THAT YOU NEED TO POST IN CELSIUS. How far will we the citizens of the US allow this to go?? I will again become a faithful 13 viewer when you remove this from your forecast otherwise there are several other choices for a true English speaking AMERICAN to watch.
Just another concession to political correctness and liberalism. By compromising our language, our culture, our standards, and the like we only enable those who refuse to assimilate and only wish to be leeches upon our largesse.
I’ve traveled extensively, the world over, and I’ve never seen such concessions to Americans.
If they want to live here they should do so legally, learn the language, learn the culture, systems, and standards and assimilate !! Otherwise, please stay away.
I guess I’am just old school but I think we to leave the way it was,NO CELSIUS.
Absolute nonsense IMO to post Celsius. We’re not in Canada nor the UK, thank God!
No more Celsius. We live in America……
This is America and when in America you learn the language and customs of the United States. This Celsius junk need to go, or I’ll just go to another channel.
I think that when people comes to our country to live they should adapt to our way of living. When you go to their counties,we adapt to their ways.That what wrong with our country-we keep giving and receive nothing in return. As for my family we will change channels to watch the news.
Houston is not an international city, it is a local city with a lot of people from different countries living here, anyone coming to Houston should expect to adapt to our system. I do not like your idea of including the metric equivalent.
OK, to be fair, I’ll note that the majority of the comments on the post (not reprinted here) weren’t completely crazy. Still, this just is another reminder of the incredibly obstinate obstacles facing the adoption of the (obviously superior) metric system in the US. Keep in mind that this was not opposition to ABC-13 switching to Celsius, but to the station even including Celsius temperatures alongside Fahrenheit measures.
Wow… and LOL.