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Switch To The Metric System


James "Jim" H. Webb Jr.
Senator, United States of America
144 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC


Trevor Owens
Burke, Virginia


March 31, 2009, 12:47 pm


We have a clumsy, entangled, confusing measuring system! And it not only confuses the rest of the world - no, it perplexes Americans themselves!

If you go to buy carpeting, and you need 100 square feet, the carpet costs $10 per square yard, could you, even given these simple numbers, ever figure out how much you'll pay? Which is more, 2 quarts, 5 pints or 36 fl oz? How many pints are in a gallon? How many pounds are 200 ounces? Which drill is the larger - the 13/64, the 1/4 or the 5/32? Two cities on a map are 10 inches apart - what is their real world distance?

Please, let the United States join the rest of the world and switch to the metric system today!!


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Trevor Owens, "Switch To The Metric System," in The Petition Archives, Item #1432, (accessed January 18, 2018).

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