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A petition to switch to the metric system has reached the threshold for response, with 25.39 kilosignatures. Or, as MSN News put it, “‘Merica should switch to metric, snotty White House petition claims.” The metric system is simpler to calculate and used worldwide, yet Americans respond that it would require changing the sizes of football fields and the names of auto races. In a nation where social change can be measured in furlongs per fortnight, will it be another four score years before we adopt the metric system?