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How Pirates Thwarted America’s Plan to Go Metric

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The true story about how pirates of the Caribbean hijacked the metric system

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If it wasn’t for a pirate attack, America could have been one of the first countries to go metric (Images by Philip and Linda Naudus/vectorpouch/freepik)
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Joseph Dombey was about to make history — but not in the way he had intended (Wikimedia)
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Sadly, this kilogram weight has never been used (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
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The Great Wall of China Is Coming Down

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This ancient monument is doomed to collapse after 2,241 years

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Part of Jiankou watchtower wall started to come down and decay (Source: Audley)
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Map representing parts of the Great Wall of China built in different periods (Source: The Australian)
Photo of the Yanmen Pass section built during the Ming dynasty (Source: Pixabay)
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The damaged site (pictured) is adjacent to the historically significant Yanmen Pass in Dai county, north China’s Shanxi province in 2018 (Source: Xinzhou News)
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The Horrific Jasenovac Concentration Camp a.k.a. The Auschwitz of Balkans

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Corpses in the Sava River near Jasenovac concentration camp (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
The entire Serbian family was slaughtered by the Ustashe in 1941 (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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If the Nazis tried to distance themselves from mass executions by using gas chambers, the Ustashe indulged in one-on-one violence. Most of their victims were killed using knives, sledgehammers, and axes.

The execution of prisoners at Jasenovac concentration camp (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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A murdered girl lies on the ground near the Jasenovac camp (Image: collections.ushmm.org)
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Prisoners in the Jasenovac concentration camp (Image: collections.ushmm.org)

The cauldron of a cabbage soup in the Jasenovac concentration camp comprised of boiled water with few leaves of cabbage.

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An Ustashe guard stands among the bodies of murdered prisoners in the Jasenovac camp (Image: collections.ushmm.org)
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Vjekoslav Luburić

Vjekoslav Luburić (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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Miroslav Filipović

Two photos of Miroslav Filipovic — dressed as a Franciscan friar (left) and as a camp guard (right) (Image: alchetron.com)
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Ljubo Miloš

Ljubo Miloš in Ustashe uniform (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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“I know I will burn in hell for what I have done. But I will burn for Croatia.”

— Miloš when asked about his murders

The Serb cutter, a knife worn over the hand that was used for the quick slaughter of prisoners at Jasenovac (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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