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Date: 6/29/10 10:13 AM

Measuring temperature in Celsius except when discussing a child's fever, car speed in km/h and distances to travel in miles, buying 3 metres of 45" fabric. Even our kids, who were raised metric, seem to have some of these lingering oddities. And I know many Brits who still discuss their body weight in stones! How many generations will it take to completely switch, I wonder?

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Date: 6/29/10 2:47 PM

You're light years ahead of us in California. I know people who don't even know what a millimeter is, let alone Celsius. I remember there was a small push to switch from imperial measurements (was it two-score years ago? ha ha) but that was quickly extinguished.

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Date: 6/29/10 3:09 PM

Isn't a "millimeter" a bug??
Rhonda, who's only 1/2 metric (uses 1T and 1c. for cooking)...

-- Edited on 6/29/10 3:10 PM --

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Date: 6/29/10 4:28 PM

Yes, I was diligently taught the metric system in the '70s, because it was how things were going to be done. And then it never happened! Two-liter soft drinks were about as far as we got, lol.

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Date: 6/29/10 5:40 PM

lol. I was only ever taught metric. I spent 12 years at Uni studying science where metric was the rule.
I should be totally metric. But i can't for the life of me cook or sew in metric. I know what an inch and a yard look like. No idea what a cm looks like, well not without dividing an inch by 2.5

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Date: 6/29/10 6:46 PM

Growing up in Ireland, we stayed with imperial measurements for a lot of things (weight, road speed, height, cooking ingredients) but were metric for others. I think the problem was that it took decades for the road speeds and accompanying signs to be switched to kmph, and most people still used old cookbooks that had imperial measurements.

Now I'm in New Zealand and it seems to be almost entirely metric here. I have no idea how tall people are, or how heavy they are, when they talk about cm and kilograms -- which is weird because I have been using cm and kg for other purposes for my whole life. My height is always going to be in feet and inches, and my weight is always going to be in stones :)

I measure fabric and sew in metric because that's how I learned. I have to convert inches to cm before I can do anything.

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Date: 6/29/10 9:46 PM

We've been officially metric for everything in Australia for 45 years.
Yet people sometimes still give their height in feet and inches. Especially young men if they are tall, 6' or over. Also occaisionally baby length and weight is quoted in the old measurements by proud young parents.
I prefer metric for sewing, I find decimals easier to calculate.

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Date: 6/29/10 11:08 PM

I was born after the metric conversion in Australia. I cook in metric cups, table/teaspoons and grams. My weight and height are in kilograms and centimetres. I am completely metric, except for sewing and knitting - where I am almost nearly imperial. 34-26-34 sticks to the mind better than 86-65-86, and most of what I make comes from US or pre-metric Australian patterns.

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Date: 6/29/10 11:52 PM

I was born when Australia converted to metric. I now do the majority of measuring in metric. Its curious where the old imperial has hung on - baby weights (and only babies) and men's height re the 6' mark.

Over 100 F was considered hot in the old scale whereas now people comment on reaching 40 C (which is hotter than 100 F!). I've noted too that most people when measuring distance tend to talk in time - its 14 hours to Melbourne etc

I sew in metric and find it a little annoying on patterns where all the metric measurements are in French and the English is in imperial. At least I now know the french words for bust, waist and hips!

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Date: 6/30/10 1:24 AM

Those patterns you have with French and metric are generally printed for the Canadian Market. Our bilingual laws require everything that is printed in English to be duplicated in French.

But numbers are neither, so the Big $ generally put the metric with the French.

I have to admit that good old Imperial measuring cups are wonderful for teaching kids about fractions.

One strange thing in North America, is that an US gallon is smaller than a Canadian/Imperial Gallon.



I know miles and KM around where I live, but as some else mentioned I am more likely to talk about travel time.

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