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[–] TheRealMaestro [S] 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

None of the English speaking countries ever shifted completely to the metric system; if memory serves, Britain converted mostly for commercial reasons. When I had went to check the weather in Mexico using the BBC, the default setting gave degrees Celsius yet wind speeds in miles per hour. Their half adoption is even stranger than the U.S.' outright refusal, though would be less topical to-day.

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[–] Hand_of_Node 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Hmm, seems like the only country that didn't shift to some off-brand measurement system is also the worlds superpower...

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[–] Rotteuxx 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

That's only your cultural narcissism talking, the U.S. uses the metric as well as imperial.

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[–] irelandLost 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Yeah for years in Ireland all our street signs giving distance to destinations were in km, but our speed signs were in mph (but didn't mention that on the signs). Had a lot of tourists driving very slowly! And I still use the odd mix of imperial and metric, although neither we nor the Brits measure height in cm, that's still feet and inches.

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[–] RogerByam 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Australians also measure height in feet and inches.

Older Australians can easily switch between the two systems. Personally, the only one with which I have trouble is "yard".

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[–] bb22 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The customary system is from the same lineage of units as 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day, ie a base 12 system. There are all kinds of natural proportions embedded in the unit sizes, but I’m not an expert on all that.

Also international standardization is a pet project of communist Jews.

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[–] Gargilius 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

None of the English speaking countries ever shifted completely to the metric system;

...just hang around a hardware store in any English speaking country - and see how far your centimeters and your grams will take you.