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Why America won’t go metric
Meter and centimeter, and kilogram and gram are base units of the Metric system, which is used in almost all the countries in the world now. One meter was originally defined to be one ten-millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the Equator through Paris in the 1790s. The imperial system was developed from earlier English units. Inch, foot, yard, and mile for length and ounce, pint, gallon for volume, and pound for weight are typical examples. Only the UK and Canada use both metric and imperial systems. There is another country, whose economy is the largest in the world, that still uses the imperial system as its customary system. The US. If you visit America, you’ll find it inconvenient to convert the unit for distance, length, speed, weight, size, space, and even temperature to your accustomed measurement. Then why does only the US stick with the old system which is uncommon in other countries? Don’t Americans want to be part of the world? It’s a similar question as to why guns and assault rifles are openly and legally sold in the country. Indeed, the US is operated by 50 state governments with a single national government, and their politicians are all elected by the public.
Enjoy reading the article and learning about the background reasons why the US stands alone.