Thursday, April 9, 2009

Time To Revisit The Idea Of Metrication?

Why hasn't the U.S. changed to the metric system?

As the map above shows, the U.S., Liberia and Myanmar are the only countries left using it.

As the next figure shows, countries have changed gradually to the metric system:

Personally, I prefer American measurements and would find it difficult to change. Having moved from Canada to America before the conversion, metrication is still rather new to me. Living abroad did give me experience with it and I don't think one is any better than the other. But there would probably be benefits if American businesses were in unison with the rest of the world.

It's rather odd that the United States has stubbornly remained unchanged is my point. Just saying. Do you think America can afford to stay as it is?


  1. Consider the cost!


    Pat Naughtin
    Geelong, Australia

  2. It's never going to happen. Just think about it: electricity is still flowing from PLUS to MINUS although we have known it doesn't for practically ever and ever.