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  •  50+ years ago (2+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, Marko the Werelynx

    we learned the metric system in grade school because it was only a matter of time before we would switch to what the rest of the world used.

    I really don't understand why we don't just do it. It's not that big a deal.

    •  Because, (1+ / 0-)
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      Change is hard y'know.

      It'd take an executive order by a cruel and heartless despot who hates Amurika.

      I saw a bit of dual signage in the US the last time I was stateside. If the Feds just rammed through legislation requiring the use of the metric system on all interstate highways with the penalty for noncompliance a withholding of federal funding things might slowly change.

      Similar threats worked for the 55 mph speed limit (now defunct) and the raising of the drinking age to 19 and then to 21.

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