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    1) USA changed to the metric system in 1997
    how come a 10mm peg dont fit in a 10mm hole

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    6 inches sounds better than 152.4mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SawDustSniffer View Post
    1) USA changed to the metric system in 1997
    I did not know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SawDustSniffer View Post
    1) USA changed to the metric system in 1997
    ... for a few months.

    Part of the reason for the brevity of the experiment was that for roadway projects, right-of-way documents were in Imperial. Perfect conversion to metric produced practically molecular precision, and so was abandoned.

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    Actually the US has had several daliances with the metric system, starting when it was introduced in the very late 1700's during the French Revolution. A number of early US military firearms had nominally metric screws, but inertia prevailed.

    Like 'Satute' miles, which are a US only measurement re-introduced when the US signed up with the Empire to have a standard International mile - someone decided it was going to cost money to convert all the existing maps & land grant documents, so 'they' fudged it.

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