The change was phased in gradually and the whole conversion took about 10 years. Pretty much all of the 1970’s. For me, that was from age 6 to 16 and, because of this, there are certain measurements that I think of in metric but there are some that I still think of in imperial.
Temperature: I have no idea how warm or cold 77° F is but I know that 22° C is a very nice day. Conversly, I know that 98.6° F is body temperature which is equal to 37° C but if I ever saw 37° on the thermometer, I‘d call 911!
Weight: I have no idea what a gram or kilogram is, I still do weight in imperial. When I do have to know grams, I use the butter conversion. One pound of butter is 454 grams and one kilogram is 1000 grams so the conversion from pounds to kilograms is almost 2 to 1.
Speed: Although I do remember speed limit signs in miles per hour, I wasn’t a driver then so speed is metric for me. If I do ever have to calculate kilometers to miles (like when I’m driving in the US) I can think back – the speed limit on highways used to be 60 miles per hour and then it changed to 100 km per hour. I can generally ball park it from there – at least enough to avoid getting a speeding ticket in South Carolina.
(Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for my sister. Yup, she got pulled over by a State Trooper once. It’s a good thing she’s cute.)
Well, I’d like to share a website that can help with these conversions: digitaldutch.com/unitconverter
Like a language translation site, you input what “unit” you have under the applicable category and then pick out the conversion you want. They have a ton of categories: Length, Mass (weight), Speed, Temperature, Volume, Area (what the heck is a Hectare anyway?) and more.
It’s not limited to imperial and metric conversions though.
Do you want to know how many pounds are in a British “Stone”?
Or how many Mexican Pesos you can buy with 1 Canadian dollar or maybe you have a Swedish Krona?
I’m not sure when you would need this information but it’s nice to know where to get it if you ever do.
I use this site a lot for recipes. I love the internet for recipes and I google new meal ideas all of the time. Depending on where the recipe comes from, the ingredient measurements could be imperial or metric. If imperial, I can quickly find out how many kilograms are equal to 3 pounds of hamburger or how many milliliters are in 4 ounces.
Or even what temperature to pre-heat the oven to.
My oven here in Canada still shows the heat in Fahrenheit (probably because it was made in the USA) but I have seen European recipes list the cooking temperature in Celsius. I wouldn’t even know how to begin that conversion.
So check out digitaldutch.com/unitconverter, it may come in handy some day.
FYI. I have not received any payment (monetary or product) to write this post promoting digitaldutch.com. I just think it’s a really cool site and wanted to share.
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