sure, most things are cultural constructs. such as measurements for time / heat / cold / space / volume.
It sometimes makes communication with people from other realms harder.
and you can either become “bi-lingual” in measurements, or adopt a blase attitude a la this one
(meme virtue of the “Nobody Cares” blog)
Because she thought I wouldn’t (ha!), I am posting here below snippets from WhatsApp conversation between the Ladies of the Gates.
Vera: Dude, it’s freezing here! it’s like 35 degrees!
Sophia: that’s not cold!
Sophia: ah. what’s that in real degrees celsius?
Vera: how would I know. I don’t care about your degrees
Sophia: I’m telling you, blisters! Had to walk three kilometres
Vera: and that’s far, right?
Vera: What’s it in miles?
Sophia: No clue. I srsl don’t care about your miles
Vera: baking! so happy! but recipe is Israeli 😦
Sophia: I fail to see the need for a sad face. these are all good things
Vera: don’t know how much 180 * C for the oven is…
Sophia: ha! serves you right for not caring about my degrees
Sophia: does a bill become a law in the US after passing the House of Reps or the Senate
Vera: Senate. why?
Sophia: you and your bi-chamber legislature! #confusing
Sophia: but Y U have weird political system? ONE chamber = enough
Vera: You really care?
Sophia: nope. will care later. when i am preparing for meetings in DC
Vera: lady, we need to talk about centimeters?
Sophia: what about them? and it’s metres.
Vera: they confuse me. what’s 10 centimeters in normal measurements.
Sophia: in inches? i don’t care about your inches.
Sophia: New York is HOT! i mean – yak. it’s worse than Tel Aviv! I thought people were kidding when they told me it’s be disgusting in the summer!
Vera: what’s the temp?
Sophia: 28 and humid!
Sophia: Celsious… oh don’t even…
(concurrently – Vera: HA! YOU FELL FOR IT. I DON’T CAAAAAAAAAAAARE ABOUT YOUR CELSIUS)
Vera: How tall am I?
Sophia: please tell me you know that!
Vera: no, I mean, here in israel. in your freakish measurements
Sophia: lol. I don’t know. You are shorter than 165 cm…
Sophia: what’s oz? i mean, not the place dorothy went. for food. cooking – cookbook from ‘Merica!!
Vera: karmic revenge for mocking me when I needed dl converted
Sophia: this i realise.
Vera: realizzzzzzzzzzzzze. LMGTFY
Sophia: many thanks. You care about my decilitres?
Vera: not really. no.
and so on, and so forth. And I have naturally censored the conversations about clothes, underwear and shoes…
This may come back to haunt me when I apply for a job at the UN. Prospective employer googling me: I promise to 1) get an app that converts all these units instantanously. 2) Promise that all mocking of other culture’s measurements is something I only do with really close friends!