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Mr.Burns
01-02-08, 19:21
Poll requested by Mad Tony.

A good one this is since I for one am curious about this. So...


What system of measurement do you use?

For those that aren't sure what we're getting at here:

Imperial: Miles, feet, Farenhiett, etc.

Metric: Kilometers, meters, Celcius, etc.

scion05
01-02-08, 19:22
Metric of course :p

Rexie
01-02-08, 19:24
Metric

Alex Fly
01-02-08, 19:24
Metric. :wve:

Elysia
01-02-08, 19:25
How much is that in pints?

:D

kooky
01-02-08, 19:25
Imperial.

coolezpunk
01-02-08, 19:25
Metric! :) I never use the Imperial types of measurement, unless necessary.

thecentaur
01-02-08, 19:26
imperial. but why is it called "imperial"? i mean imperialism involves taking over land for power, but ...... NEVER MIND :p

Angel_14
01-02-08, 19:27
Metric

Mad Tony
01-02-08, 19:30
Imperial. Although I use both on a day-to-day basis, I think I prefer Imperial as it's more useful to me.

I use Imperial for most things and Metric for a couple of things (like the temperature). We only use Metric units in maths though.

scion05
01-02-08, 19:31
So why do u use Imperial, I don't understand that :confused:

Mad Tony
01-02-08, 19:32
So why do u use Imperial, I don't understand that :confused:Because that's what I've been brought up using. Besides, seeing as in this country we do still use some Imperial (e.g. miles, pints, feet, inches etc).

scion05
01-02-08, 19:36
I only use it for Feet and Inches, nothing else :) Miles is just something
that's there, if it was KM it wouldn't make a difference to me. However,
i just cant bear the thought of measuring height in cm lol :p

jamieoliver22
01-02-08, 19:47
Both really, depends what I am measuring :p

tomblover
01-02-08, 19:50
Metric.

I honestly don't get Imperial measurements. :p

MrBear
01-02-08, 19:52
Metric :wve: but I know the imperial as well, except Fahrenheit.... I can't remember what it is, 0 degrees celcius is -1xx Fahrenheit? :) anyways...

PARANOIA
01-02-08, 20:01
I can't remember what it is, 0 degrees celcius is -1xx Fahrenheit?

Well, 0 Celsius is 32 Fahrenheit, and 100 Celsius is 212 Fahrenheit, so you really can't be sure.

I prefer Kelvin. ;)

Cochrane
01-02-08, 20:05
@PARANOIA: Smartass. :D

Metric, mainly, although I still measure temperature in Celsius and output in Horsepower (or to be precise, the german DIN PS, not the imperial hp). I'm trying to break the latter habit, but it's not easy.

There's nothing I hate more than reading an american article about model railroads, with all the measurements given in fractions of inches. How the hell am I supposed to work with that?

Trigger_happy
01-02-08, 20:06
Both really, depends what I am measuring :p

Yeap, same here. I always measure my height in Feet and inches, my weight in Stone, the distance in miles, but I'd measure an item in centimetres, say something's "like 2 KG" and probably estimate a liquid in litres.

MrBear
01-02-08, 20:07
Well, 0 Celsius is 32 Fahrenheit, and 100 Celsius is 212 Fahrenheit, so you really can't be sure.

I prefer Kelvin. ;)

Hmm? I was sure my physics teacher in middle school told us that Fahrenheit and Celsius rose with the same degree (argh, can't explain it better), i.e. there was always the same amount of difference between them :confused: but oh well, you live you learn :)

Cochrane
01-02-08, 20:10
Hmm? I was sure my physics teacher in middle school told us that Fahrenheit and Celsius rose with the same degree (argh, can't explain it better), i.e. there was always the same amount of difference between them :confused: but oh well, you live you learn :)

You're confusing Fahrenheit and Kelvin here. Kelvin is always 273.15 less than Celsius. This is because Kelvin starts at the lowest temperature physically possible, but otherwise uses the same difference as Celsius. Kelvin does not have negative values (and for some odd reason, isn't called degree either) at all.

vespertea
01-02-08, 20:12
Imperial.

I wish my country used Metric so we could be in sync with the rest of the planet, but.. oh well, nothing I can do about it.

kill bill
01-02-08, 20:24
Metric is how we are thought in school;)

Sedge
01-02-08, 20:26
Metric. :p
I honestly don't get Imperial measurements. :p
Me either.. XD

Earthcane
01-02-08, 20:26
A mixture of the two :p

Drone
01-02-08, 20:31
imperial bodybags ....

nope I use metric

Thorir
01-02-08, 20:38
Metric, of course.

Ada the Mental
01-02-08, 20:43
Metric. Imperial annoys the hell out of me! It sucks when I have to deal with inches, and feet and whatnot. :p

Geck-o-Lizard
01-02-08, 20:53
Both. I understand celcius better than fahrenheit, but I can visualise inches and feet better than centimetres and metres...

Greenkey2
01-02-08, 20:57
I voted for metric - simply because it's universal and far less hassle than Imperial.

But I'm also torn because feet and inches are such damn useful units of measurement! :o

spikejones
01-02-08, 21:00
imperial. but why is it called "imperial"? i mean imperialism involves taking over land for power, but ...... NEVER MIND :p

it's been quite a while since I learned this, so I may get it a bit wrong: it was pretty much invented by one of the English Kings (he was an imperial person), the length of his foot became known as a "foot".

I think us Americans may be the only one's who still use it anymore, but we do teach the metric system extensively.


I think we can all agree on one set of measurements though: TIME

FourBalls
01-02-08, 21:01
Metric :D

Reggie
01-02-08, 21:06
Metric with exception of my preference of Miles over KM and stone over KM. :)

Nannonxyay
01-02-08, 21:15
Metric. :wve:

EgyptianSoul
01-02-08, 21:16
Metric here too. :)

Natey168
01-02-08, 21:18
Imperial because, well, pretty much nothing here uses the metric system, besides math and science.

cristina8992
01-02-08, 21:24
Metric.:D

NemesisxAngelus
01-02-08, 21:26
Most of the time I use metric though I use imperial so now and then too. :)

Tomb Raider Master
01-02-08, 22:13
Metric.

Grenade
01-02-08, 22:14
Metric.

nick-xx
01-02-08, 22:19
Metric of course, its better than imperial :p just j/k.

Lara's Backpack
01-02-08, 22:24
Metric.. get with the times America! :p

Forwen
01-02-08, 22:43
This is because Kelvin starts at the lowest temperature physically possible, but otherwise uses the same difference as Celsius.

Theoretically, not physically possible. As far as I know perfect 0 kelvin has never been reached artificially nor found in the Universe.

b0bb13
01-02-08, 22:44
Metric:)

AmericanAssassin
01-02-08, 22:44
I use the imperial system just about everywhere. The exception being in science classes and occassionally math classes... :D

raiderfun
01-02-08, 22:51
Metric ;)

Nice idea Ben, and thanks to Mark for the poll :tmb:

star-dust
01-02-08, 22:52
Metric :wve:

Cochrane
01-02-08, 22:55
Theoretically, not physically possible. As far as I know perfect 0 kelvin has never been reached artificially nor found in the Universe.

The theory is a theory of physics. Hah! I win the internet!

No, seriously, you're correct, I just don't think it matters much for normal household use.

MadCroy101
01-02-08, 23:26
Metric.

Evangelina
01-02-08, 23:39
Metric all the way!

Mad Tony
02-02-08, 00:08
Do any Imperial users here find it extremely tedious when you go to another country and constantly have to convert KM to Miles when you look at the road signs? :p

Capt. Murphy
02-02-08, 00:55
Do any Imperial users here find it extremely tedious when you go to another country and constantly have to convert KM to Miles when you look at the road signs? :p
Well, the cars in America -at least, the speedometers have the Kilometers speed in smaller numbers underneath the larger Miles Per Hour marks. I suppose that's if someone wanted to take a side road that lead up into Canada. :p

So, if the cars in European countries have the MPH underneath the KPH then it shouldn't be that hard. I'm assuming they don't since you asked that question. So, yes. That would be tedious. :-/

matrix54
02-02-08, 00:58
Im pretty sure only Americans use the imperial system(along with a few [very few] other countries ) if im not mistaken. so metric would be the highest

I for 1 am Imperial!!:ton: oh yeah, were special!:ton:

Mad Tony
02-02-08, 00:59
Well, the cars in America -at least, the speedometers have the Kilometers speed in smaller numbers underneath the larger Miles Per Hour marks. I suppose that's if someone wanted to take a side road that lead up into Canada. :p

So, if the cars in European countries have the MPH underneath the KPH then it shouldn't be that hard. I'm assuming they don't since you asked that question. So, yes. That would be tedious. :-/In Britain the speedometers are the same as in America I believe. Although the rest of Europe has the "kilometer version".

@Matrix54: As well as the US, only Liberia and Burma have not adopted the metric system. According to Wikipedia that is anyway.

Jensie17
02-02-08, 01:02
Imperial

kryptonite23
02-02-08, 06:31
Imperial :)

rowanlim
02-02-08, 06:43
Metric. I only use Imperial for certain calculations :wve:

Forwen
02-02-08, 12:29
The theory is a theory of physics. Hah! I win the internet!


You can have it, I'll have some cake!

Metric here. And it's a weird somewhat feeling that while it's Imperial that's been unnatural for me for years, there are completely normal, otherwise understandable and quite humanoid people out there who have the same problem but with thinking in 10's.

I know and can think in most of everyday Imperial, apart from stones maybe that are as elusive as they were 10 years ago.

DREWY
02-02-08, 12:58
Get out of the stone age where pints gallons inches and feet were usefull and get into metric where everything is in units of ten. 16oz = 1 pound, 14 pounds = 1 stone, wtf? What use is that? Weights and measures based on a Roman's foot size and the lengths of his fingers or his weight? Then you have Links, roods, perches acres, not to mention fathoms?
How do you spell Stone age? Umm, lets see, i m p e r i a l
In my job I have conversions from links (7.92 inches) and acres to metric everyday and it's a royal pain.

Forwen
02-02-08, 13:08
Actually I met some people claiming feet and inches were useful in engineering (and those were naturally "metric" people) but frankly I was so stunned I forgot to remember their argumentation. Professional jury out, although it's true that imperial's lack of a system as coherent as SI system is a pain.

I'm currently sitting on wikipedia trying to get used to stones and calculate my weight in them, and the first thing I did was multiply the equivalent of one stone in kg by 10 and then subtract the extra ones. I guess old habits die hard.

On the other hand, there's no freakin' way I'd abandon minutes and hours now.

Mytly
02-02-08, 13:15
Mostly metric, though I do measure height in feet and inches.

danitiwa
02-02-08, 13:24
Imperial, Doi! It's related to Star Wars. :p :cln:

Also, I went to American school. So it's what I'm used to.

Conway
02-02-08, 13:28
Jollibee - 5 kilometers away.

Agent 47
02-02-08, 13:30
Imperial

nobody in Brussels dictates to me what measurements i use.......NOBODY :mad:
i only recognise UK laws as legally binding,being a UK ctizen without a passport ;)

anti european union much???? yes i am :D

Cochrane
02-02-08, 13:52
Well, the cars in America -at least, the speedometers have the Kilometers speed in smaller numbers underneath the larger Miles Per Hour marks. I suppose that's if someone wanted to take a side road that lead up into Canada. :p

So, if the cars in European countries have the MPH underneath the KPH then it shouldn't be that hard. I'm assuming they don't since you asked that question. So, yes. That would be tedious. :-/

European cars (save for british and possibly irish ones, which are different anyway) only have kph.

But it is very annoying for a metric user to come to the US or UK and having to convert all the distances on road signs in your head.

Agent 47: Do you recognize all UK laws as legally binding? What about the law that says UK is part of the EU, or the UK laws that were passed as a result of EU legislation?

Mad Tony
02-02-08, 14:31
anti european union much???? yes i am :DI have to say, I'm with you there. :D

danitiwa
02-02-08, 14:34
It's annoying when you're trying to cook though, having two systems. Like I was making muffins yesterday, and I had to flush my dough down the toilet twice because I kept forgetting a cup is 200ml. :pi:

Ikas90
02-02-08, 14:55
I thought the USA was the only country to use the Imperial system.

I use metric, of course. :wve:

Paperdoll
02-02-08, 15:00
"They wanna buy it in kilooooos
They wanna buy it in graaaams
You know they're down with the metric system
They never **** around"

Hmmm....right XD

Metric here :wve:

tr_rocks
02-02-08, 15:01
i use imperial but i think that metric system is a lot easier! :(

Lara Croft!
02-02-08, 17:41
Metric

Legends
02-02-08, 17:44
Metric.

clairelovestlc
02-02-08, 17:46
Both!

TombFreak
02-02-08, 17:47
Imperial, I live in the US.

MiCkiZ88
02-02-08, 17:53
Metric here. :wve:

ben croft
02-02-08, 18:59
Metric.

:wve:

NightWish
02-02-08, 19:04
Metric - I dont even know what the Imperial equail to :p

Draco
02-02-08, 19:45
Everyone uses Imperial...the Metric time system was rejected nearly universally.

PoetOfTheLife
02-02-08, 20:10
Metric.

jackles
02-02-08, 20:22
Imperial..which was used by the greeks and romans ...based on the length of the human body.


(maybe it should be Emperoral!!)





Who wants to measure their waistline in cms!!

Admles
03-02-08, 03:04
Metric. Its more logical, common sense measurements.

That said, I always use Imperial for height lol.

Melonie Tomb Raider
03-02-08, 03:18
Imperial FTW! :jmp:

Sir Croft
03-02-08, 03:28
Metric is the only one used here in Brazil so I use Metric.

Forwen
03-02-08, 04:00
Imperial

nobody in Brussels dictates to me what measurements i use.......NOBODY :mad:


Too... imperialist, I gather?

Tomb Raider 5194
03-02-08, 04:01
Imperial :)