Let’s call the whole thing off. You say

‘tomaeto’, I say ‘tomahto’, you say ‘potaeto’, I say ‘potahto’. You say color, I say colour. You say tons, I say tonnes.


Let’s call the whole thing off. You say


‘tomaeto’, I say ‘tomahto’, you say ‘potaeto’, I say ‘potahto’. You say color, I say colour. You say tons, I say tonnes.

Where are we going with this you ask? Well, if one our Belly Ache colleagues had his way, this page would be a nasty diatribe about all that is wrong with the good ole’ US of A – inspired of course, not by yet another school shooting or geopolitical misadventure somewhere in the world, but rather, as a result of the race riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Reality check: It is the year 2014 yeah?

Ok… so, rather than letting our colleague run-riot with his rant (you see what did there right?!) we told him he could only complain about something innocuous about the US. That of course spurred an intense debate in the office as to what really bugs us about the land of the free and the brave, or whatever it likes to call itself. We very quickly came to the conclusion that from a professional point of view, America’s phobia, no paranoia of the metric system was the thing we were looking for.

We’re pretty sure many American conspiracy theorists reckon it’s an evil European plot to take over the US, but no need to worry, they already have their hooks into Canada. Actually one member of the team reckons it was only called ‘The Metric System’ when it was first introduced into his elementary school (replacing the ‘Imperial’ system!) when he was ‘but-a-wee-bit-of-lad’. Now – and please pay attention here USA – it’s just called the GLOBAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM – hint, hint, wink, wink.