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Thread #165215   Message #4017788
Posted By: Charmion
07-Nov-19 - 08:49 PM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Steve, I learned all that calculation in Grade 9 science at the age of thirteen, and promptly put it right out of my head. Like most Canadians, I live with three different systems of measurement simultaneously, hardly ever bothering to convert because each system applies to only certain aspects of life.

So temperature is Celsius unless it’s the oven, in which case it’s Fahrenheit because the stove is American. Beer comes by the Imperial pint (20 fluid ounces) at the pub because the glass is British, and many Canadians still have a vestigial memory of what a real pint and quart are. Milk comes in four-litre packages, put up in three plastic pouches in a plastic bag. Why three plastic pouches and not four? Because when the system was designed, people were accustomed to Imperial quart bottles, and 1.33 litres is quite close to that. I weigh myself in pounds, but I buy cheese and meat by the kilo. I buy gasoline (petrol) by the litre, but understand fuel efficiency best when expressed in terms of miles per American gallon.

When the government converted us to the metric system back in the late ‘70s, the change was supposed to simplify our lives. It did no such thing.