Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:42AM
Drew Wolfe

How Pirates Of The Caribbean Hijacked America's Metric System

"If the United States were more like the rest of the world, a McDonald's Quarter Pounder might be known as the McDonald's 113-Grammer, John Henry's 9-pound hammer would be 4.08 kilograms, and any 800-pound gorillas in the room would likely weigh 362 kilos."

"One reason this country never adopted the metric system might be pirates. Here's what happened:

"In 1793, the brand new United States of America needed a standard measuring system because the states were using a hodgepodge of systems."

"'For example, in New York, they were using Dutch systems, and in New England, they were using English systems,' says Keith Martin, of the research library at the National Institute of Standards and Technology."

"This made interstate commerce difficult."

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