Originally Posted by ascii
You are right, metric is better for science but imperial is better for everyday life. What you want out of your measurement system, is to help you grasp a quantity is without having to see it. Relating that quantity to solid objects like a certain number of feet or stones does the job better than relating it to imaginary things like meters.
You guys are talking nonsense. As a Brit, it's painfully (at times) obvious to me that we feel comfortable with whatever random units people are using when we grow up, it's not at all about what "feels right" or whatever, just learnt behaviour from your environment. Be glad you're not living in half-metric land. We Britons are truly fucked
For example, I:
Have no concept of what a "pound" is other than £, for body weight is in Stone. Scales are all in Stone, so I weigh, for example, 13 1/4 Stone. What this means in pounds/ounces/kg I seriously have no idea off the top of my head.
Measure all cooking in grams, no idea about ounces/pounds really except a pound is about half a kilo (eg. in beef) like a pint is half a litre (568ml is remembered due to beer). Though mainly use ml in cooking, want my pint of milk or beer.
Measure distance in meters, then miles
\ - Know that a yard is 90cm roughly, never use it though and find it confusing that road signs tell me how many yards something will be in, just because we use miles & mph.
Know my height to be 5'11" (is that written right?) and 180cm, but generally measure stuff in cm, feet and meters. 4 inches of snow. 2 feet of water. 2cm bezel. 9mm thin.
Couldn't tell Fahrenheit 451 from, well, anything. Summer newspapers confuse.
It makes sense, it just doesn't make sense. Be glad you're all imperial. Or, frenchies, be glad for your metricyness. We'll be using the British Standard of grams, kilos, pounds, stone, meters, feet, miles, inches, centimetres, millimetres, yards, centigrade and Fahrenheit