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Originally posted by Pilgrum
We had similar opposition here in Oz to a change to metric that was eventually implemented way back in the 70s. There was even opposition to the changeover to decimal currency and that happened in '66 here. Both changes have worked out well for us although old diehards like me have become multilingual in units (I still convert my car's economy to mpg for example because that's what I grew up with).
It's simply that people are worried about changing anything from what they're used to. A decade or so after biting the bullet and introducing the changes you'll all be wondering what the fuss was all about
Metric does make things easier all round.
According to the US CIA World Factbook in 2006, the International System of Units is the official system of measurement for all nations except for Burma, Liberia, and the United States