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Remember When the U.S. Tried to Adopt the Metric System?

There once upon a time was a belief that the United States could and should change over to the metric system.  We are one of only three countries in the entire world (Burma, Liberia and the US) that continue to use 12 inches, 5280 feet, 16 ounces, and other missized measurements.  I propose that we harken back to the good old days of 1980 when one Biomedical publication, Medical  Electronic Products (MED) MED April 1980sought to make learning the metric system appealing to the overwhelmingly male-dominated biomedical field.  With a little assistance from Playboy, Inc. (yes, THE Playboy), they began running a photograph  near the front of every month issue of their free magazine.  In order to encourage the adoption and daily use of the metric system, they provided all of the vital statistics in only metric measurements.  But below it, they printed the conversion tables, for the convenience of the readership, so that they could make the conversions themselves.  Well, I have to tell you, the metric system was never adopted, but a lot of BMETs became a lot better at being able to know that 90cm equaled about 36 inches, and that 54.6 kg equalled 120 pounds.  Maybe this idea didn’t work, but it was good old American ingenuity like this that gave it a good try.  I would like to encourage the trade magazines today to make another go at it, and see if we can’t once again see if metric can’t become the American standard.Miss Metric Apr 1980

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