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Burma, Liberia, and the United States

What do these three countries have in common?

Give up?

They’re the only three countries in the world who don’t use the metric system.  I knew that there weren’t that many countries that didn’t use the metric system, but I didn’t realize that it was only three.  Kind of makes us look a little egocentric, doesn’t it?

I also find it interesting that Liberia is on this short list.  But, it kind of makes sense given the origin of the country – founded by freed American slaves, system of government modeled after ours, and their capital – Monrovia – named after our fifth President James Monroe.   But you knew that, right?

Inspired by this post at I Love Charts.