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Old 12-06-2014, 12:19 PM   #71
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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.
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:14 PM   #72
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Hi: LeonW... Here's my Dads temp. rhyme.
30 is hot
20 is nice
10 is cool
0 is ice!!! Alf
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:33 PM   #73
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Jim, I just wanted to note that I am in no way responsible for off topic thread drift on this one.
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:03 PM   #74
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Jim, I just wanted to note that I am in no way responsible for off topic thread drift on this one.
...and when are we going to start talking about food?...
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:13 PM   #75
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...and when are we going to start talking about food?...
As soon as I can get this generator started so I can heat up some lefse.

(oh man I'm gonna get scolded again for thread drift.....)
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:20 PM   #76
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As soon as I can get this generator started so I can heat up some lefse.

(oh man I'm gonna get scolded again for thread drift.....)
I had to look it up. Sounds a LOT better (but what doesn't) than lutefisk.

And I thought thread drift was a requirement of ALL internet discussions.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:41 PM   #77
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Hi: LeonW... Here's my Dads temp. rhyme.
30 is hot
20 is nice
10 is cool
0 is ice!!! Alf
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Alf...my Dads temp rhyme at 0...Ladies and Gentlemen take my advice... pull down your pants and slide on the ice. BUT THEN HE WAS FROM Dutton.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:27 PM   #78
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I wonder what it would cost to renumber all the Interstate highway exits in the USA with kilometers? Currently exit 61 means the exit is 61 miles from the beginning of the roadway (reset to zero at each state line.)
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Just need to move the exits 5/8 of each mile.
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I wonder what it would cost to renumber all the Interstate highway exits in the USA with kilometers? Currently exit 61 means the exit is 61 miles from the beginning of the roadway (reset to zero at each state line.)
Speaking of which, we have a mile marker and exit number on I-10 of 880 in Orange. 880 miles from El Paso. The highest numbered mile marker in North America.
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