Why the US doesn’t use metric (even though it does)

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-1 1. Thanny commented 188 days ago

You can compel a company to print metric, but you can't compel them to not print imperial.

So a legally compulsory switch just isn't possible in the US.

I don't see any real path to a complete switch, because the units simply aren't that important in day to day life. Whatever you're used to works.
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+5 2. Judge-Jake commented 187 days ago

In my lifetime which I regard as the most exciting time for change in the history of this planet. Just a few examples, when I was young there were no mobile phones, no computers (at least in the home or in schools) Television was Black and white and there were only three channels and the programs stopped late evening when an announcer actually told you to "Remember to turn off your Television set" and everything disappeared to a small dot in the center of your screen. Also during the day there was often nothing on the three channels and instead you got what was called a test card and some music. It was also quite common for the program you were watching to lose sound or vision and again you would get a test card and some music while they fixed it.
Motorways were just starting to be made, so most journeys were made on single lane roads, so traffic jams were a way of life. Even inside loos were rare and few houses had a bath. I could go on for ever here, but also right in the middle of my education at the age of twelve we the UK changed its currency to decimal. On Sunday the 14th of February 1971 (when incidentally pretty much all shops were closed) there were 240 penny's in a pound and I had been educated to this fact since around 1965 when I started school. On the 15th of February (Monday) there were suddenly 100 penny's to the pound and I remember carrying a little card showing how the value of one NEW PENNY compared to the old. Of course two years earlier NASA had landed men on the moon with far less computer power than I carry around now in my smart phone. Life was starting to get exciting and look at us now. Obviously you only have to travel to certain countries and look at certain religions to realise that some parts of the incredible planet we live on are not only pre 1971 but pre 1871 which is a travesty.
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0 3. thundersnow commented 186 days ago

#2 Well narrated, I also grew up like you. :)<3