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    Why the US still uses an archaic system of weights and measures

    The reason is pirates.




    French philosophers developed the metric system in Paris in the late 18th century to make trade easier and calculations simpler. They sent an aristocrat and fellow academic, Joseph Dombey, to the U.S. in 1793 to meet with then Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, according to the Washington Post.


    The metric system was then made up of two standards of measurement — a rod that measured one meter and a copper cylinder that weighed one kilogram. Dombey traveled with both items.

    But on his way across the Atlantic, Dombey’s ship hit a nasty storm and he ended up in the Caribbean where pirates captured him. He died in prison shortly after.
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    So, the USA adopted the British Imperial system, which it still uses. Back in the '70s, the government tried to get us into the 20th. century, but didn't succeed. Now, here we are in the 21st. century, still using an 18th. century system of weights and measures.
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    ARRRRRRRRR!!!

    America don't need no stinkin metric system...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    ARRRRRRRRR!!!

    America don't need no stinkin metric system...
    Garsh, yes! That damfool meteric system was invented by a buncha dadburned French Commienists! That's the very LAST thing America needs!

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