Originally Posted by Radnad
You know another indication of this is the US education system. K-12 deals 99% in imperial, and then once students hit post secondary they are slammed in the face with metric and have a hard time converting or sometimes even understanding it. I'm as red white and blue American as they come, but the imperial system is something that needs to die and we just need to get on board with the rest of the world imo.
I agree 100%. I have been pretty handy all my life building things so I have a hard time with the "core brain" aspects. I know instinctively what a foot is or how fast 60mph is or how to dress for a 100F day. For metric I still have to convert to imperial in my head to grasp some of those on that more fundamental level. If somebody says it is about 300mm long I convert it and as a foot I have a better idea. I guess the shorter way to say all of the above is that "unlearning" is harder than learning.
Metric sometimes misses one step, (as compared to Imperial) also--like the foot. Lastly, I think using the metric system makes Europeans more comfortable with decimals than most Americans typically are. The can say 1.5m and you know that is 1,500mm or 150cm. You can't really say 1.3 feet or 1.7 yards and be sure the person will understand.