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Re: a dumb query? pls humor me

Kamaraju S Kusumanchi wrote:

> Michael Pobega wrote:
>> Off-topic from an off-topic thread? What an oxymoron.
>> And yeah, teachers always say that we'll be switching to the metric
>> system but it will never happen. I'm still in high school and my
>> economics teacher says that all of the time.
> I read in one of the textbooks (forget which one, sorry) that US actually
> did try switching to kmph (kilometers per hour) from mph (miles per hour)
> in regards to road signs etc., But then people had a hard time following
> it. The government considered it as a failure and switched back. Someone
> please correct me if I am wrong.

It's a state-by-state thing.  So far, to date, in the US I have only seen
kilometers listed on highway signs in California (this says bad things
about the metric system if California's the only one to adopt it here),
listed side-by-side with English measures, and only on the Pan American
Highway (I think CalTrans is assuming a lot of intercontinental traffic or

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