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    Inches is best...

    Oh and Feet, Yards, Furlongs, Miles, Leagues, Yonders (its non-specific but useful) , Wide Blue Yonders (approx 75 Miles).

    Having said that I've done all my computer dimensions in CM on the new website just to help all you youngsters out!

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    Im 24 and use inches, its so much easier to use.

    Having worked in a DIY store where i had to covert and talk to people in both metric and imperial. gone a bit rusty on conversions but I still use inches.

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    I've pretty well always used metric. As an expat Aussie, I was largely educated in metric, with the country changing in 1970, just as I entered secondary school. My dad used metric at work (he worked for a company who built buses), but imperial at home. He was truly amazing. For example, if he wanted 7 even spaced screw holes, he would measure it in imperial (say 4' 2 3/4") and divide that by 7 in his head. I'd measure the length in mm and then do the division. I once asked him why he didn't do this, as it was much easier. He said yes but it's much more impressive to come up with some fraction (7 1/4" in this case). Can't argue with that!

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    I am a feet and inches girl. That said when money went decimal it was a godsend to me as am dyscalulic and all those pounds shillings and pence was a nightmare for me. We Scots measure distance in time ie 'how far is Glasgow?' answer 'it is only 20 minutes up the road'

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    I'm 23 and quite happily work in whatever seems better (usually judged by who I'm talking to). My mother gets me though... with alarming frequency, she'll measure something as, for example; 2' and 3 cm!

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    I'm 30 and I use mixed measurements - usually when cooking it's a combination of grams and ounces. When I weigh myself it's imperial (when I can see through the tears). When I measure stuff it's mm or inches. I love the randomness of our measurements.

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    Its an odd one really. I use metric for things like '100m' but if something is small, it becomes "about a foot" or "3 inches". And if its a long distance, it becomes miles and not km.

    Weight is metric for cooking (well, unless my mom gives me a recipe which asks for a cup of broccoli... strange Canadians), but stones and lbs for people. Height is ft and inches.

    Drinks - non-alcoholic are in ml/litres, alcoholic are in pints. Milk is in pints. Fuel is in gallons too.

    Temperature is always in Celsius. Fahrenheit makes no sense whatsoever.

    Its enough to confuse anyone.

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    I don't 'get' Fahrenheit either. When I hear someone say '104 degrees' (usually an American) I can't work out if that is hot or cold! At Least with Celsius the closer it is to 0, the colder it is (until you get into negative figures). Makes a lot more sense as it matches what we see outside - Frozen water, temp must be around 0 Degrees C. Frozen water is 32 Fahrenheit - how is that sensible?

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    Try measuring distance in chains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    Try measuring distance in chains.
    Land's End to John O'Groats is only 69,920 chains (or 1.48677388 10-⁰ light years in metric)!

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    It's enough to confuse anyone.
    I don't know how American's cope with imperial measurements. Each unit contains different quantities which surely makes multiplication and division harder? e.g. there are 1760 yards in a mile, 3 feet in 1 yard, 12 inches in 1 foot, 2 pints in 1 quart, 8 pints in 1 gallon.

    They also have their own version of a gallon (1 US gallon = 0.832674 British gallons), which means a car that does 50 mpg in the UK, only does 41.63 mpg in the US.

    It's a total mess!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I don't know how American's cope with imperial measurements.
    They slammmed a spaceship into Mars due to a cock up over Newton meters and foot pounds.

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