Modern Living: Think Metric

It may be years before Texans ask for 38-liter hats, or a Miss America measures 91-66-91, or a new Hank Aaron hits a towering 109-meter home run. Inevitably and irreversibly, however, the metric system is coming to the U.S.

Though lawmakers have waffled for decades over proposals to switch to the world standard of weights and measures, chances of passing the so-called U.S. metric conversion bill are considered good when Congress reconvenes this week. The legislation would lead to ultimate adoption of the decimal-based system known as SI,* a modernized version of the...

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