Tuesday, March 20, 2012

AN AMERICAN SCALE?


OK, I laughed at this and then I thought, "I should put that on the blog!"  (I'm still learning about these great blogger epiphanies that come up on occasion).

What do you notice about this scale?  I was in a store and when I saw it, the retro design caught my eye first.  I thought "hmm, this might be cool to have at the farm".  Then I stood there and started laughing.  Do you see what I saw?

American Kitchen Scale...with metric measurements only!

Now I'm sure our visitors from other countries will laugh at the fact that America is still on the Imperial system, and yes I was taught metric back in the 19... *cough* sometime in the last century, and I tried, I really, really did, but it just didn't register in my head.  Now in all fairness, maybe it's a reference to the design, but still without even any reference to "pounds and ounces", it wouldn't work very well in most American kitchens.  I'm just sayin'!

So, alas, this neat looking, retro scale would be lost on us at the farm and sadly, it's still sitting on the shelf where I saw it.  I'm sure I'll find the right one (with Imperial measurements) someday, LOL.  Couldn't resisted sharing though.
Edited to add: This was at Hobby Lobby if you are so inclined to look for it.

16 comments:

Jenny said...

Oh I love this! Coming from europe it's a nightmare for me to deal with pounds and ounces - I need my kilo's! :)

Annie*s Granny said...

I cannot deal with the metric system. Like you, I tried, it just doesn't register in my brain. I desperately need a new kitchen scale. Mine only weighs up to 4 pounds, and it's not very accurate.

1st Man said...

I totally hear you. I really really did want to learn metric but it was very hard for me. And of course back then they said that soon we'd ALL be on the metric system.

Hey, I can pick this one up for you, it weighs up to, um, 2500g, no wait, 3kg, whatever THAT means, LOL!

1st Man said...

I'd be saying something similar in Europe. I need my pounds!! :-)

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Perhaps the irony was intended, just to see eho is really paying attention. Doubt it. Still a very nice looking piece

Annie*s Granny said...

No thank you. The only time I don't want to see "pounds" is when I step on the scale!

Anonymous said...

I see your point and yes the irony however most of the recipes I have found for baking, which is when I use my scale, even American recipes have measurements in grahms

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

That's funny! Much like you I had to learn the metric system last century (that sounds funny saying LAST CENTURY. Am I Vampire Lestat?)

All my chemical equations were metric based

1st Man said...

Could very well be!! Ha, never thought about that. It was gorgeous, I'd love to have had it...the style was very retro.

1st Man said...

LOL! :-)

1st Man said...

You know that's true, there are more and more books with both huh?

1st Man said...

Well at least you learned it. I really tried but I think my left brain/right brain thing didn't work correctly to be able to process that, ha.

Lestat, that made me laugh out loud!

Frugal Living UK said...

We've been metric since the 60's yet I still weigh all my ingredients in pounds and ounces, and I weigh myself in stones so go figure. and yet I know that bags of sugar come in half kilos. Overcomplicated really, but you just adjust all the time. I still ask for a quarter of something in a deli and sometimes the younger people on the counter look at me a bit strange and I have to say, oh about 100 grams (even though I don't really know how much that is in ounces) I think most of Europe seemed to manage the change but my granny never did and she taught me to cook so I always copied her way and have continued to do so (and probably always will).

1st Man said...

That's cool that you know both of them. It's funny when you say "a quarter of something" and I know instantly what you mean but when you say 100 grams, I can't even picture that in my head. Maybe someday before I get too old, I'll learn it. Maybe they have a 'metric for dummies' book, lol.

Don't even get me started on the 'stone't thing, that TOTALLY doesn't register with me, ha. It's like math trying to convert and I can tell you, I did well in english, and history, and art, and geography, and even biology, but I hated math. So to convert stones to pounds or vice versa, no thanks! :-)

clif-davis said...

Someday I'll have a speedometer that registers in furlongs per fortnight.

1st Man said...

Now that's just funny!!! :-)