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Happy 209th birthday, metric system!

According to the all-knowing interwebs (here and here), the metric system was first adopted by France on December 10, 1799.  Fast forward 209 years.  There are only 3 countries left in the entire world who have not adopted what is now known as the International System of Units –  Burma, Liberia, and…the good ol’ US of A.

Wow, we sure showed them!  Over two centuries later and we’re still stubbornly using our own system.  We’ve even managed to develop our own version of pommes frites – freedom fries!

Sorry France. Better luck next time 😉