A Word On Food: The Metric System

Not working up an appetite over that subject? I don’t blame you. It seems a tad dry. Maybe math heavy. But you’ve listened to me this long … so hang tight, dear listeners. We will get to some food in no time.

Let me start this part by saying. Our educational system in the USA perpetually has blown it when it comes to how we do our weights and measures! That spills over into the kitchen too. We are much more prone to error than the folks elsewhere who are cooking using the much more practical metric system. 

In the classic movie ‘Pulp Fiction’ there is that unforgettable scene where the John Travolta character, Vincent is talking to the Samuel L. Jackson character, Jules about the differences between life in Europe versus what we have here. 

Here goes: 

“You know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris Jules”?

“They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese”?

“No. They got the metric system there. They wouldn’t know what the … (insert a bad word) a Quarter Pounder is”. 

“What’d they call it”?

“They call it Royale with Cheese”. 

“Royale with Cheese …. What’d they call a Big Mac”? 

“Big Mac’s a Big Mac. But they call it … Le Big Mac”. 

Le Big Mac! Ah Hah! … What do they call a Whopper?

“I dunno. I didn’t go into a Burger King”. 


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