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    • Whatever Happened to the Metric System?

    • How America Kept Its Feet
    • By: John Bemelmans Marciano
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    The American standard system of measurement is a unique and odd thing to behold with its esoteric, inconsistent standards: 12 inches in a foot, three feet in a yard, 16 ounces in a pound, 100 pennies to the dollar. For something as elemental as counting and estimating the world around us, it seems like a confusing tool to use. So how did we end up with it? Most of the rest of the world is on the metric system, and for a time in the 1970s America appeared ready to make the switch.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Will on 01-13-15

    Regular price: $19.95