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This 1793 grave is an early version of the kilogram. It is possible this object, now owned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology museum, was once pirate treasure. NIST Museum hide caption

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How Pirates Of The Caribbean Hijacked America's Metric System

In 1793, French scientist Joseph Dombey boarded a ship bound for the United States carrying with him a standard kilogram weight. Thanks to pirates, he and the weight never arrived.

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How Pirates Of The Caribbean Hijacked America's Metric System

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Fearing Deportation From U.S., Migrants Walk To Canada

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NPR's Favorite Movies Of 2017

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The historic Jackson Magnolia, planted on the south grounds of the White House, was trimmed back on Wednesday. The tree is in poor health, needs artificial support and is in danger of falling. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Portions Of Ailing White House Magnolia Removed Over Safety Concerns

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Will Gathering Vast Troves of Information Really Lead To Better Health?

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