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: Historically, I am an American. The ol' USA is one of the 3
: countries in the world that has not officially adopted the
: metric system of measurement for weights, volumes and distances.
: The other two countries? Not the best of company: Burma and
: Liberia.

: I've become acquanted with the metric system during my inernational
: travels over the years, but it was not until I moved to Fiji a
: few years ago that I really 'went metric'. Allow me to tell you
: the result.

: It's GREAT. When measuring with a measuring tape, there's none of
: the 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 nonesense that becomes a mathematical
: nightmare when adding or subtracting numbers. Everything metric
: is base 10 math. :-). A liter of water weighs one kilogram.
: Water boils at 100 and freezes at zero.

: I'll admit to still doing some mental conversions on miles to
: kilometers (0.62 miles is one km), and temperatures are the
: hardest.

: I have no idea how much the U.S. resistance to the global
: measurement system has hurt U.S. exports (who want's thread
: counts or weights in U.S. measurements?), but I sense that
: business in converting even if the U.S. government can't get off
: the fence on this.

: I recommend that folks lean towards metric to make their measurin
: easier.

: John

I live in New Zealand, where we have been metric for a long time. I'm 35, so brought up with both systems but err towards metric. I like being conversant in both systems.

I think imperial is great for approximate measurements. It has units that are easier to conceptualise than their metric equivalents. Visualising, for example, 8' is a lot easier than 2.4m (for me anyway!). But for accuracy and especially communicating values, nothing beats metric.

One way that imperial walks all over metric is the ease with which you can create fractions. 12 inches can be divided up into 1/12, 1/6, 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2. Whereas 10 cm can only be divided conveniently into 1/10, 1/5 and 1/2. The ability to express 1/3 and related measurements in whole units is especially useful. I imagine that this is the reason we have 12" = 1', 360deg in a circle, 60min in an hour, etc.

Although I have never understood why a stone is 14lb. Now that's just weird. 16oz = 1lb isn't a lot better.

Cheers, Ian

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