E6 American Culture: Why Don't Americans Use the Metric System?

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Almost every person in the world is familiar with the metric system. Almost every country in the world uses it for their system of measurement, its the official units of science and medicine, and has a universal understanding. However, the key word in these sentences is "almost". Not every country uses the metric system, and the United States is one of those countries. Not only do Americans not use the metric system, they have a hard time understanding what the units mean. Why is this? Why do American struggle to use a system that's known the world over? Why hasn't the United States adopted the metric system yet? And why do Americans love their customary units so much?

On today's podcast episode, we discuss this peculiar aspect of American culture - the persistence of the customary units that were based off the Imperial system and the reaso ... 

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