Sunday, April 30, 2006

Metric or Imperial System?

I like this post by Ask Yahoo: Why didn't the United States ever switch to the metric system?

Particularly these few lines
For well over 200 years, thanks to tradition and good old-fashioned patriotic stubbornness, the U.S. has been doing things that make no sense.

The Federal Highway Administration received thousands of complaints, so the project was soon abandoned. It seems you just can't teach an old motorist new tricks.

These days, the U.S. is best described as a "soft metric" country, meaning it supports the metric system, but not exclusively. For example, buy a can of Coke and you'll notice it says "12 fluid ounces (355 mL)." Will America ever become a "hard metric" nation? Not bloody likely. Or to put it another way, when pigs fly at 100 mph (161 km/h).

References: Why didn't the United States ever switch to the metric system?
Tags: metric imperial system

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