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Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

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Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

I'm Imperial myself.
Seems The Sun can't decide...
"Spare a thought for whoever had to dress this mammoth tree that stands 90ft tall and 32ft wide and is festooned with nine kilometres of fairy lights made from 100,000 bulbs."
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

Imperial here too, although I'm just about bilingual in temperatures!  Roll eyes
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

Actually, thinking about it, I do prefer Centigrade to Fahrenheit.
NewsPapers like Fahrenheit, it makes it seem Hotter or Colder, makes better headlines.
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

Metric here. Imperial makes no sense to me although I get the basics such as pints but the smaller units such as 1/8 and 1/16 etc all seem weird.
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

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NewsPapers like Fahrenheit, it makes it seem Hotter or Colder, makes better headlines.

Newspapers tend to like Fahrenheit to make it seem hotter but Celsius to make it seem colder. Zero seems colder than 32!
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A bit like British / Scottish Andy Murray !
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

What people use tends to go down to when you were born and hence what was taught in schools at the time.
It seems motoring uses quite a few imperial measures. Not many people use km/h or L/km.  Huh
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

I'm a mixture but probably something like 80% metric 20% imperial.
I was born imperial and migrated to metric so unlike many younger people I am 'bi-lingual'
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

I am both, when I brew I brew in gallons but my material (malted barley) is measured in (K)g. I drive in mpg but buy in l's, I drink in pints not l's (unless I happen to be in Germany  Wink)
I measure in feet & inches, but weigh in g  Cheesy
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

In between varies according to scale, following are common in our household
Temperature – Centigrade
Medium distance – Miles
Shorter  distance – chains (so many cricket pitches)
Short distances – mm
Very short distances, very small areas - Barns, sheds, outhouses
Larger areas – Hectares or square meters
Stock (Cattle, sheep) – Guineas
Stock (pigs) - sauages
Liquid – litres except for beer then pints
Beauty – Millihelens
Medicine – Canards (Quackery), 1 months supply or course of any medicine = 1 Canard.
Weight – ounce, bag of sugar weight, jerrycan of fuel weight, cu meter weight (around a ton) , cu kilometre weight - heavy.
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

Having been born in 1935 I grew up with Imperial and, obviously pounds, shillings and pence.
Been going to France since 1956 so got used to shopping in kilos and distances in kilometres and quick mental conversions.
I recall my days in engineering design when we started putting dimensions in both formats.
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Quote from: Strat
I'm a mixture but probably something like 80% metric 20% imperial.
I was born imperial and migrated to metric so unlike many younger people I am 'bi-lingual'

Would that be 4/5ths metric? and 1/5th imperial, then, Strat?
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Re: Are you Metric or Imperial, or somewhere in between ?

Used to work in engineering so I got used to converting to metric but "in my head" it's all still imperial.
I still find things easier to judge in imperial sizes as it's a natural system as opposed to the artificial metric system.
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One project team I managed in London  had data centre engineers from both the USA and France on the same team. I was forever providing "translations" of measurements (length, area, fractions, weight, power, heat, cooling, force) during meetings. We'd agreed on metric as the standard but the boys from the US of A really could not visualise metric measures It even came down to translating $US to Euro's to £GB
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I'm all for Imperial and in particular mint imperials ! Wink