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Metrication in the USA

The movement towards U.S. metrication dates back to the mid-19th century, beginning with the Metric Act of 1866 (aka the Kasson Act, after Congressman John A. Kasson), which made the metric system legal for use. The next significant development came in 1875, when the U.S. was one 17 countries to sign the Treaty of the Meter, which established the International Bureau of Weights and Measures and “made the U.S. a full player in establishing the international system of units that it won’t adopt for itself,” notes Trusten. Finally, in 1893, the U.S. Superintendent of Weights and Measures, Thomas Mendenhall, issued an order that the meter and kilogram would be regarded as the standards of length and mass in the U.S. But fifty years after the Kasson Act, the U.S. government was no closer to actively approving a transition to using (only) metric system measurements. So it came to pass that on December 27, 1916, the USMA (known as the American Metric Association until 1974) held its first meeting, with the idea of furthering the use and adoption of the metric system.

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Unfortunately we seem to be further away from converting to the measurement standards used by the whole rest of the world today than we were when I was in school back in the late 70's. In my engineering classes almost all the texts and problems were in SI units, which was great since they made unit conversions an ease. Perhaps one day we will get there...nah!

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I ride a "metric" machine and I have plenty of metric tools.

I know how much beer is in a liter.
But if you tell me something is 7 kilometers away, I have no idea what that means.

We'll stick to the American standard of measurement, thank you.

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We'll stick to the American standard of measurement, thank you.

"American"? Now that's funny.

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I think it's bizarre that we are one of 3 non metric countries in the world, and the other 2 most people have never heard of. We'll never change, it's the American way

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Originally Posted by SlowPocono View Post
"American"? Now that's funny.
Yeah, you know. Formerly the "English" system of Inches, feet, yards, miles, ounces, pounds, etc.
I'm sure they're used even in Pennsyltucky, USA.

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Daddy, daddy, every body else is doing it, why can't I? You have made me the laughing stock of the play ground daddy. You are so far behind the times daddy, you'll cause us to fall behind and be as backward as the rest of the world. I am ashamed daddy. We have never been able to compete.
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