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Why the United States is not using the Metric system

In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed the Metric Conversion Act into law thus establishing the U.S. Metric Board to coordinate the conversion to the metric system—also known as SI.[1] The U.S. Metric Board coordinated the voluntary conversion to the metric system. However, the Metric Act was devoid of any target dates for metric conversion. However, many agencies such as the BATF required companies to begin using the metric system (on alcohol and wine for example).

But some Americans refused to give up their familiar measurements. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan disbanded and stopped funding the U.S. Metric Board.

25+ years later, metric is standard all over the world, except three countries—the United States, Liberia, and Myanmar.


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