Why didn’t the USA ever adopt the Metric System? (Short Animated Documentary)

The USA is famously one of the few countries on Earth that doesn’t use the Metric System. So why doesn’t it? To find out watch this short and simple animated history documentary.

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  1. Oh boy. Yet another video created for the sole purpose of propping up some Euro's self esteem by bashing the US. One system of measurement isn't better than another system of measurement if you pay attention to what you're doing. You can make just as big of a mistake in the French system as you can in the system of US customary units (we don't use Imperial measure). If precision is the goal, decimal inches work every bit as good as millimeters. How is 40 thousandths of an inch less accurate than one mm? For day to day usage, there is no problem with fractional inch measurements. Plus, they have the added bonus of sharpening the user's minds. Metric is for people who are bad at math.

  2. US use dinosaur age measurement system.System still alive in USA only. But when they go to hospital they completely confused about milliliters and and milligrams. Medical personal too. Funny.

  3. Because the people pitching it said, "Base 4/12 is stupid. The rest of the world is using base 5/10. You should too." And we, rightfully, said, "You're idiots." Base 4/12 is just as valid as base 5/10, and if both were good enough for the Romans (whose feats of engineering we STILL cannot fully replicate), then both are good enough for us.

    What they SHOULD have said was, "The metric system tries to better align the yard and the mile with the curvature of the earth. This makes cartography and navigation easier." THEN we would've said, "Huh. You may be on to something. Yeah, we can do that."

    However, we have no excuse when it comes to temperature scales. Fahrenheit is moronic. It's so ridiculously arbitrary. Moreso than the metric system EVER looked to us.

  4. Although officially we dont use metric, most people actually just use both because they are taught both. Every science class in America will use metric, so for anything involving precision we use metric. For things where you dont need to be precise, imperial is used.

  5. So, Betteridge's Law of headlines kind of applies: The US is metric; US Customary Units are defined in terms of SI units, and all government agencies were instructed to use metric by Dubya in 1991. The fact that Joe the Plumber continues to confuse everyone by measuring stuff in body parts is neither here nor there.

  6. Also the US:
    Metric Act of 1866 which legally recognized the Metric System
    Metric Conversion Act of 1975 which legally defines all American Custom Units as conversions of the metric system, which is, according to federal law "the preferred system of weights and measures for United States trade and commerce"

    Meanwhile US citizens: WHAT THE FCKKK IS A KILOMETER

  7. You're glossing over the Metric Conversion Act, it means metric is de facto the official system, when an american car manufacturer reports a cars power to the DoT, its legally done in kilowatts, but they market it in HP cause who the fuck uses kilowatts. Some things can only legally be sold in metric like spirits and wine, you will never find a liquor bottle in english, only metric in america. we choose to use english, but when it comes to official federal stuff its done in metric and converted for convenience's sake

  8. The United States uses the metric system, just not fully. Medical records are kept in metric units and medicines are always sold in grams or milligrams. NASA uses the metric system exclusively after a conversion error caused a probe to crash on Mars. There are also instructions in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the federal guidebook on traffic signs (and a cure for insomnia), on how to sign roads for metric units, even if most states haven't adopted it (something Britain hasn't done in its equivalent book). Packaged goods are sold with both the imperial and metric units listed, and bottled drinks are appearing in rounded metric units more often. Further, the legal definition of an inch in the United States is 25.4 millimeters. In summary, we use the metric system in the United States, just in parallel with the imperial system.

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