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: :

: The metric system is increasingly being used in the U.S. as a
: matter of convenience only by some businesses, individuals and
: government agencies (e.g.; military), but the U.S. is NOT
: officially on the metric system. There was a move underway in
: the 1970's to convert, but it never happened. Here's what
: Wikipedia has to say:

: "Only three nations out of 203 have not officially adopted the
: International System of Units as their primary or sole system of
: measurement: Burma, Liberia, and the United States of America.
: The United States is the only industrialised country in the
: world that has not adopted the International System of Units as
: its predominant system of measurement."

: "In 1981, the United States Metric Board (USMB) reported to
: Congress that it lacked the clear Congressional mandate
: necessary to bring about national conversion. Because of this
: ineffectiveness and an effort of the Reagan administration to
: reduce federal spending, the USMB was disbanded in autumn of
: 1982."

: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_system
: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_system_in_the_United_States

: John

Actually one of the biggest costs isn't outside infastructure, it's industrial infastructure. Changing to metric requires scrapping several trillion dollars of industrial machines and tooling, to say nothing about how one maintains the millions of machines that don't get changed with tools that no longer fit, not gonna happen in this economy or anytime soon.

Bill H.

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