Originally Posted by rbryan4
Its not that imperial units are easier-- they clearly aren't. Its about familiarity. I know what a mile or a yard or a foot is by eye. I can estimate a gallon of liquid probably within an ounce or two, and I know what 72 degrees feels like vs 74. Its what I know and it works.
In many ways its like language. If you were born and raised speaking English, it would never occur to you that it's a rather difficult language.
I didn't find it all that hard to make the conversion. I am sure that owning foreign cars starting in the early 1970s, and being a cyclist had a lot to do with that. I got used to the notion of wrench sizes in mm, and when listening to cycling races via the shortwave you always heard that today's stage was "160km" or that there was only 10 km to the finish. At first I thought in inches and miles and then converted to cm and km. After a while I started thinking in cm and km and then converting
I do find it harder with temperatures, but I am still working on that. Fortunately many modern devices allow you to display in either system, so my little indoor outdoor thermometer displays the temperature in centigrade rather than fahrenheit.