US money and units usage that world standards do not pass

The most expensive bills withdrawn using ATM in the US were $ 20 bills. Because credit cards are prevalent, I do not see much of the 50 dollar bills and 100 dollar bills. On the other hand, the smallest bill is a one dollar bill. You will have to put in bills from when you buy juice with a vending machine. The vending machine of the above picture is also spec that it only supports 1 dollar bills and coins. In America, there were too many things to go into with money. Likewise, the unit was also complicated and I understood "miles" and "gallon" during my stay, but I could not grasp the feeling until the end per "feet" or "inch". Even if weather forecast is seen, it does not understand if it is "62 degrees Fahrenheit".

Hello,Takuya Sudo @ circle around the world bicycle @ Charridermanis. We have traveled over 80 countries so far, but none of the countries apart from the standards of the world as much as the United States.

◆ Money
Out of ATM, AU $ 50 if AUD and 50 Euro if it is Europe. It is unlikely that you will see a 100 AUD or 100 Euro bill frequently like a Japanese 10,000 yen banknote. When it was in the United States, the par value further declined, and at the ATM 20 dollar banknotes became a bunch and came out. Even if it is a coin, 25 cents is the most used and inconvenient. Coins and paper currency are well balanced so that most countries are easy to handle prices, but America was different.

Four kinds of notes that I was using in my stay in the US, "1 dollar", "5 dollars", "10 dollars" and "20 dollars".

As the money for currency exchange, "100 dollars" which I was used to the most in traveling so far is not used in the United States.

Four kinds of coins, "25 cents" "10 cents" "5 cents" "1 cent".

However, as 10 cents is written only as "dime", do not be confused. "Quarter" in 25 cents, also known as "penny" in 1 cent. Even 5 cents seemed to have been nicknamed "Nickel", but I have not confirmed it during my stay. In 5 cents there is written "Five Cents".

A quarter coin of 25 cents was designed according to 50 states in the United StatesCommemoration coinHas been issued. There were patterns in the area such as Puerto Rico and American Samoa, and it was exciting to check fishing.

Because it is America of a car society, banks are equipped with ATM of drive through.

If you are a chain supermarket, fishing will come out of the machine. Convenience is convenient, but more than a dollar banknote was handed out. It is not in Japan with 500 yen coins with high face value.

I was surprised that self-registration that I did not see much even in Europe is popular in the USA.

Becoming paper money from 1 doll will pull your legs on sale on machines such as vending machines and capsule toys. A vending machine for juice with a bill entry port accepts only a one dollar bill, and fishing comes out before pushing the item button. Payment at the campground of the Grand Canyon in the quiet period was an automatic ticket vending machine. This automatic ticket vending machine recognized multiple bills, but "Tells you that fishing is not going to be done so that fractions will be donated?"

It is rare in other overseas countries, but I saw a lot of outdoor vending machines in the USA.

If you capture the meaning of 1 dollar only in Japan, it is a vending machine that can only use 100 yen coins.

When you put in a 1 dollar bill into a vending machine sold for 35 cc 60 cents ......

Fishing of 40 cents comes out before pushing the button of goods. Even if you push the return button after this, the remaining 60 cents will not be returned.

Children's play equipment which can only use coins is only 25 cents.

The Grand Canyon telescope is also only 25 cent.

It is cumbersome to have four quarters of a 25-cent coin inserted to play one UFO catcher.

Capsule Toy here put 50 cents and two 25 cent coins.

This is also 50 cents. This type pushes two 25 cent coin up against the groove. Coin type washing machine was this type many.

In the coin laundry machine there was a change machine that broke down banknotes into 25 cent coins.

Even if it is a vending machine, a capsule toy, or even a certification photo, it just installs and participates in economic activities. I felt this kind of mechanization as supporting Japan as a developed country, when I went back to the country temporarily. Because in Africa there are people like juice vending machines. That is why I saw a waste of machine trouble in America. Instead of hard to use cash, credit cards are all-purpose in the United States.

A machine that automatically decorates keys.

Automatic rental machine of "Red box" which uses credit card for loan, delinquent fee seems to be automatically withdrawn.

At the top of the public phone there is a coin slot and at the bottom there is a card slot.

It corresponds to both magnetic stripe and IC chip.

Self petrol station is also a credit card. If you pay money after refueling you may be able to escape, so in the case of cash you need to deposit money at the cash register first.

The air pump in the gas station also corresponded to the credit card, but the charge was only 1 dollar. Somehow I can not do it.

There are 1 dollar coins as well as 1 dollar bills in the United States. If a 1 dollar coin becomes mainstream, it seems to be convenient a little, but it seems unpopular in the United States, it does not go well well. In countries that use the US dollar as their own currency, such as East Timor and Zimbabwe, the 1 dollar banknotes are like cloths of Kutakuta, so even if one dollar coin seems to be more durable from that point but……. In the past, 100 yen banknotes were issued in Japan, but please imagine the life that the modern 100 yen coin was made into banknotes and the maximum amount of coins was 25 yen. It is very annoying to buy tickets and juice on the machine.

◆ Unit
While listening to the currency system, we also annoy ourselves in the unique unit system such as miles and gallons in the United States. French originMetric methodHas become the mainstream of the world now, British originYard-pound methodIt is used only in Britain and the United States. "How long do you run a day?" "How long is the weight of the bicycle?" I was not used to answering by miles or pounds.

The unit of distance is written in miles instead of kilometers, 60 miles is 96.5 kilometers. One mile is 1.6 km.

A quarter mile was about 400 meters and the currency was, but in the United States I was preferring expressions such as half (one half) and quarter (one quarter).

Notation of speed limit is also based on miles, mileage of 35 miles per hour is 56 kilometers per hour.

The unit of height is feet, not meters, the altitude of 5950 feet is 1813 meters in altitude.

Signs on the top of the pass were also expressed in feet, altitude of 6570 feet was altitude of 2002 meters.

The two notation of feet and miles are 243 meters in altitude, the speed limit is 64 kilometers per hour.

The acre notation comes out when it reaches the area. One acre is a square of 4046 square meters and a side of 64 meters, 77 acres is an area of ​​3110 1607 square meters and a square of 558 meters on one side.

The weight of food is ounce, but it is easy to understand because it is written together. 1 ounce (oz) = 28.34 g.

I use pounds for heavier than ounces. 1 pound (lb) = 453.59 g.

The weight of fruits, vegetables and meat is also based on pounds. The price of the display was doubled and I was judging whether it was expensive or cheap with 1 kg feeling added.

Because it is a big American, the gas station is also a standard for calculating 1 gallon (gallon) = 3785 ml. Because cooking stoves use gasoline, I also refueled the bottle, but because the refueling meter is in gallon notation I am confused.

16 fl oz (liquid ounce) is 1 pt (pint) at 473 ml. 1 gallon = 8 pints = 128 fluid ounces.

However, there are more people in the notation of 1 QT (quarter) which represents one gallon by one quarter than pint.

62 degrees Fahrenheit (62 ℉) was 16.7 degrees Celsius, even if you showed weather forecast at the information center, I was worried about how cold it was.

With this kind of feeling there are unique rules in the USA. Please prepare your mind firmly and be careful not to be deceived. If you list 6 ounces and 10 ounces side by side, there seems to be no big difference on numbers, but if you eat without eating this difference surely you will get fat. (6 ounces = about 170 g, 10 ounces = about 283 g)

(Sentence / photo: Takuya S. Narou Charriderman
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