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Huh.

So, I was commenting on facebook about how an unexpected side-effect of a new (and actually accurate) oven is that I have to relearn how long it takes to cook things, now that they actually ARE in the oven at 350 degrees, not the 450 degrees that the old oven defaulted to. And an American friend noted that it would appear that my oven runs in American.

And that made me think about how I measure temperature, mass, distance, and speed.

I cook using Imperial measurements. Pounds, ounces, cups, pints, quarts (though there I'm more likely to go to liter), teaspoons, tablespoons, and Fahrenheit (which I can't spell - thank you, spell check). It does make it tricky sometimes when cans and boxes are labelled for the Canadian market only, and so in metric and I have to convert then. I also measure short distances (anything less than 10ft) in feet and inches for the most part, though I'll use centimeters for some stuff less than 30cm long, and most weights in pounds. Dual effects of being too near the last bastion of imperial measurements and a British ex-pat upbringing.

Logically, metric makes FAR more sense. However, in a practical, every-day sense, imperial is what I've had most experience with. (Gas, however, comes in liters and long distances are measured in kilometers, as is speed. Signage becomes very confusing when we cross the boarder and Seattle goes from showing up as 177 away to 110 away in the space of one minute (since the signage doesn't mention units of measurement). Not to mention trying to keep to the official speed limit when your speedometer only shows km/h) I also measure the weather in Celcius, but body temperature in Fahrenheit. Also, bodily fluids and medicines tend to be measured in metric; I'll talk about "cc"s and ml of medicine or blood, also mg of a medication. That's more understandable, though, as even the US has shifted on that front.

So, the long and the short of it is, I guess my methods of measurement are dangerously close to random.
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