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post Sep 25 2017, 06:51 AM
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I guess most people here have grown up with it, but is there anyone else here who, like me, went to school before it was routinely taught in preference to the imperial system?

I use the metric system because I have to, but I still mentally convert to imperial measures on order to actually visualise quantities I am buying. smile.gif
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post Sep 25 2017, 07:27 AM
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How old are you? At secondary school (in the 1970s) we used exclusively metric measurements in chemistry, physics etc.
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post Sep 25 2017, 08:01 AM
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Sep 25 2017, 08:27 AM) *
How old are you?


Check my profile - the info there is correct (unlike some). wink.gif

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At secondary school (in the 1970s) we used exclusively metric measurements in chemistry, physics etc.


Same here - but you learned about measuring systems long before secondary school.

I started at infant school after Easter 1970 and, AIUI, I was amongst the last intake who were taught the imperial system ahead of metric. But in any case, my parents were born before WW2 and therefore imperial measurements were all I heard at home.
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post Sep 25 2017, 08:35 AM
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Slightly off topic but I learnt the other day that the US won't convert to what pretty much the rest of the world are already using because it costs them ohmy.gif
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post Sep 25 2017, 09:05 AM
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QUOTE(SouthsideSpinner @ Sep 25 2017, 09:35 AM) *
Slightly off topic but I learnt the other day that the US won't convert to what pretty much the rest of the world are already using because it costs them ohmy.gif


As long as they're careful with their Mars probes... laugh.gif
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post Sep 25 2017, 09:10 AM
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The imperial system is still a foreign language to me. Metric>>>
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post Sep 25 2017, 09:30 AM
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I had a whole mix of metric and imperial in my life growing up and I just... adapted. Miles to km is the next step up the Fibonacci sequence, pounds to kilograms is a little less than half the number and everything is so much easier once you get it into metric.
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post Sep 25 2017, 12:07 PM
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I, like basically everyone else here have grown up in a almost entirely metric world with the necessary imperial additions for height, weight & miles. Plus being able to convert old weights into grams for when older people buy at deli counters. ½ lb = 227g, 1 lb = 454g. The number of times you had to ask if it was a pound in weight or money!

I’d be happy to see us go all the way and do the last few conversions. We’re the only place that runs both and it’s just f***ing awkward for no reason. Let’s just leave the yanks to it
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post Sep 25 2017, 12:15 PM
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QUOTE(SouthsideSpinner @ Sep 25 2017, 09:35 AM) *
Slightly off topic but I learnt the other day that the US won't convert to what pretty much the rest of the world are already using because it costs them ohmy.gif

That's the only reason we have been so slow to adapt.
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post Sep 25 2017, 04:50 PM
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I've always used miles and tend to use imperial for weight. Everything else has always been metric to me.
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post Sep 25 2017, 07:34 PM
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I do driving distances in miles and know my height in feet and inches, and I imagine everyone else my age is the same. I remember my mum would give directions in yards, use ounces in cooking and measure human weight in stone and I don't see the need to familiarise myself with any of that.
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