the problem with these measurements was that, because they were dependant on body lengths, they were variable from person to person. many families even went so far as to send the person with the biggest feet to the store for cloth, because cloth was sold by the foot. around 1450, British legislation sought to end this, giving the inch, the foot, the yard and the mile government mandated lengths, with one inch being 3 dried barley seeds put one after another (barley seeds are usually pretty uniform in length). the foot and yard were in that same law connected to the inch. The mile wasn't linked to the inch until several hundred years later.
the pound was made out to be 7000 grains, but the ounce was the only measurement to be an arbitrary part of another measurement without historical background.
now for a funny image:
Or, you know, we could all not be ethnocentric asshats and just accept that Americans use the imperial system. Just because it's not as smooth as the metric system, it doesn't mean that it doesn't work or that you have to be a genius to understand it.
can anyone find a funny image to show how much 700 KG really is (while staying family friendly, of course)?
I'm afraid of mosquitos FFS !
I'm glad I didn't see any of that in Sweden, though, I intend to visit Kiruna, Lulea and Umea. Will I see any of that there?