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Britain is the last country in the world where imperial and metric battle for supremacy, leaving the public dazed and confused.

Britain is the last country in the world where imperial and metric battle for supremacy, leaving the public dazed and confused.

* Brighton & Hove Council was forced to cover road signs because the distances were measured in metres.

* Milk can be sold in pints - but only if it is delivered in a recyclable glass bottle.

* Legal contracts must contain metric measures - unless it is a land deal, in which case acres will do.

* Weights of new-born babies must be recorded in kilograms, but midwives invariably convert that to an imperial measurement.

* Boxers are weighed in stones and pounds, and their reach measured in inches - unless they are amateur, in which case everything goes metric.

* Footballers take penalty kicks from 12 yards out and retreat 10 yards at free kicks. But Fifa, the world governing body, says penalties are taken 11 metres out and players must stand nine metres and 15cm back for a free kick.

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