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: Canada converted to metric (mostly) quite a while ago, and it's a
: great system - very logical and easy to do conversions. The
: VOLKSKAYAK offsets are metric, and I find them very simple to
: use - much easier than inches, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, etc. I now think
: of mileage, temperature, volume and the like in metric...but...

: Don't make the same mistake that we've made up north - If you're
: gonna go metric, go metric! The troglodytes up here managed to
: partially stall full conversion so they wouldn't have to fire up
: their second brain cell to learn something new, so building
: materials and some other things are still sold in Imperial (but
: often manufactured to metric specs) - and supermarkets are
: selling items using various botched blends of both systems. The
: result is a lot more confusion than if Canada had just had to
: guts to say "Look, it's metric, period - so get over it....

Hi Richard,
It was, and is, a bit strange in Ireland, we've been metric for decades but a lot of people still use imperial terms. Distance was recently made metric but everyone still think in and say miles, but that's changing with spedometers coming in Km more now.
Going into a timberyard and asking for 4x1 and you'll get your timber, 100x25mm. Things are done in metric, just the imperial terms are used. It's accepted what is meant, it's also quicker to say. :D

I measure in metric, but think in imperial for visualisation, it's what I learned. You quickly get very good at close ballpark conversions.

What gets me is that a US gallon is so small! Only 4 litres, not a real 4.5 litres. :D

Mike Savage
South West Cork

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