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1st Apr '17 5:11:19 PM KZN02
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** The gods in DragonBallSuper measure time in "tiks", five of which are exactly equivalent to 40 hours. It is perhaps fitting that gods would have periods of 8 hours as their smallest unit of time.

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** The gods in DragonBallSuper ''DragonBallSuper'' measure time in "tiks", five of which are exactly equivalent to 40 hours. It is perhaps fitting that gods would have periods of 8 hours as their smallest unit of time.
1st Apr '17 9:42:06 AM SoapheadChurch
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** The gods in DragonBallSuper measure time in "tiks", five of which are exactly equivalent to 40 hours. It is perhaps fitting that gods would have periods of 8 hours as their smallest unit of time.
13th Mar '17 11:22:40 AM Anarquistador
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* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'': The Numenoreans have the "ranga," which is roughly equivalent to a meter (approximately 38 inches). Two rangar makes an informal unit of measurement called "man-high," the height of the average Dunedain male (they were pretty tall).
13th Jan '17 4:14:34 PM ZombieAladdin
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' uses the [[Series/HappyDays fonzie]] to measure fun. It's a metric unit, with the most commonly-seen scale being the megafonzie.
11th Jan '17 5:39:17 PM MiddleEighth
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*Problematic for a lot of people in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', since, with so many people from different worlds, hardly anyone has any measurements in common. For example, when Ringo is trying to provide Mindy with an estimate of how far he can reach with his [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], she's puzzled by his “feet” and “miles,” and he ends up having to say “From here to the jump gate.”
30th Dec '16 8:41:12 PM Sjogre
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** Ponies and others occasionally measure time in "moons"--which ''might'' just be another way of saying month, but this a world where the lunar orbit is perfectly synced with the sun, so who knows? It's basically a way for the writers to imply a great length of time (like a portal to another world that only opens for three days every thirty moons) without giving anything too specific.

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** Ponies and others occasionally measure time in "moons"--which ''might'' just be another way of saying month, but this a world where the lunar orbit is perfectly synced with the sun, so who knows? It's basically a way for the writers to imply a great length of time (like a portal to another world that only opens for three days every thirty moons) without giving anything too specific. Moons apparently aren't converted into years, which implies that they don't have a set ratio of moons to years, but that still doesn't answer how long they are relative to anything.
6th Dec '16 5:52:16 AM Jake
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* A footnote in ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'' briefly mentions that the Kerbal "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomical_unit Astronomical Unit]]" is slightly shorter than its human equivalent. At all other times, either TranslationConvention applies or they use the same measurement system as humans.
2nd Dec '16 1:20:27 PM Malady
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* ''FanFic/TriptychContinuum'': To measure unicorn [[PowerLevel magical capability]], with the Celestia Meter (Adjusted) for raw power and the Luna Meter (Adjusted) for manipulative ability. Basically, strength and dexterity for horns. Both range from 0 (nonexistent) to 10 (alicorn).
29th Nov '16 1:50:35 PM StFan
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* Though it's never named, there obviously is a unit to measure one's strength in ''Franchise/DragonBall''. In the games it's often referenced as B.P. (Battle Power), and the English dub of the anime just calls it one's "Power Level". In this system, the average human would rate 2-5 and a master martial artist would top out around 100. By the middle of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the numbers we're dealing with are in the ''millions''. According to WordOfGod, power and potential cannot be measured in numbers, and power levels become totally meaningless early on.
** Babidi uses his own scale to measure power, in "kilis". According to him, 300 kilis is necessary to [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy a planet]], and Goku as a Super Saiyan had 3000. Due to the difference between those two numbers not making much sense (Goku has ''far'' more than ten times the energy to blow up a planet), some have assumed it's a logarithmic scale.
* In ''Manga/{{Trigun}},'' distances are measured in "Iles," which are just "miles" with one letter removed.
** Not to mention, the unit of money is called "Double Dollars", represented, of course, with "$$" (seems like just a waste of time and ink really)

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
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Though it's never named, there obviously is a unit to measure one's strength in ''Franchise/DragonBall''.in. In the games it's often referenced as B.P. (Battle Power), and the English dub of the anime just calls it one's "Power Level". In this system, the average human would rate 2-5 and a master martial artist would top out around 100. By the middle of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the numbers we're dealing with are in the ''millions''. According to WordOfGod, power and potential cannot be measured in numbers, and power levels become totally meaningless early on.
** Babidi uses his own scale to measure power, in "kilis". According to him, 300 kilis is necessary to [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy a planet]], and Goku as a Super Saiyan had has 3000. Due to the difference between those two numbers not making much sense (Goku has ''far'' more than ten times the energy to blow up a planet), some have assumed it's a logarithmic scale.
* In ''Manga/{{Trigun}},'' distances are measured in "Iles," which are just "miles" with one letter removed.
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removed. Not to mention, the unit of money is called "Double Dollars", represented, of course, with "$$" (seems like just a waste of time and ink really)really).



* ''{{Toriko}}'' manages to go along with and avert this by using (kilo)calories to describe maximum energy levels, or the amount of energy that attacks use up. Although the kilocalorie is a real and quantifiable unit of measurement of energy, the numbers reach the hundreds of millions of kilocalories (the energy an average person would exert in 140 years or so) so frequently and without the backlashes that would come from the real-life use of these real units that the actual units bear little meaning whatsoever.

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* ''{{Toriko}}'' ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' manages to go along with and avert this by using (kilo)calories to describe maximum energy levels, or the amount of energy that attacks use up. Although the kilocalorie is a real and quantifiable unit of measurement of energy, the numbers reach the hundreds of millions of kilocalories (the energy an average person would exert in 140 years or so) so frequently and without the backlashes that would come from the real-life use of these real units that the actual units bear little meaning whatsoever.



* When [[TheIncredibleHulk Amadeus Cho]] studies magical phenomena, he measures the reality-warping field strength in "hercs", one herc being equal to the field strength of his friend Hercules. It sounds like "hertz" so it's pretty natural to tack on SI prefixes like megahercs or gigahercs, but most of the measurements he gives are between zero and five hercs.

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* ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'': When [[TheIncredibleHulk Amadeus Cho]] Cho studies magical phenomena, he measures the reality-warping field strength in "hercs", one herc being equal to the field strength of his friend Hercules. It sounds like "hertz" so it's pretty natural to tack on SI prefixes like megahercs or gigahercs, but most of the measurements he gives are between zero and five hercs.



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* Infamously, ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' uses parsecs as a measure of time. (They're actually a real world measure of distance.)
** Original WordOfGod had it that this was intended to be a deliberate mistake, to show that Han Solo wasn't as clever as he made out. Obi-Wan visibly winces at the line. A later FlipFlopOfGod came up with a scenario where a ship with more powerful engines could either take a riskier shortcut, or make rendezvous with a moving target before it had moved so far; thus it really was correct, in a complicated way (but not FromACertainPointOfView). Since Obi-Wan still does visibly wince at the line, {{Fanon}} is pretty dismissive of the new explanation.
* Parodied in StarWreck, where the "twist of a maggothole" is expressed as megaparsecseconds (Finnish original) or googol-fluxoms (Englsh translation). Neither of those make ''any'' sense.

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* Infamously, ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' uses parsecs as a measure of time. (They're actually a real world measure of distance.)
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) Original WordOfGod had it that this was intended to be a deliberate mistake, to show that Han Solo wasn't as clever as he made out. Obi-Wan visibly winces at the line. A later FlipFlopOfGod came up with a scenario where a ship with more powerful engines could either take a riskier shortcut, or make rendezvous with a moving target before it had moved so far; thus it really was correct, in a complicated way (but not FromACertainPointOfView). Since Obi-Wan still does visibly wince at the line, {{Fanon}} is pretty dismissive of the new explanation.
* Parodied in StarWreck, where the "twist of a maggothole" is expressed as megaparsecseconds (Finnish original) or googol-fluxoms (Englsh translation). Neither of those make ''any'' sense.
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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' unit of magic is the ''thaum'', defined as the amount of magic needed to create a white pigeon or three standard-sized billiard balls. There is also the ''prime'', an attempt at a more rational unit created by the wizard Augustus Prime, which is defined as the amount of magic needed to move one pound of lead one foot. In a bit of a parody of how British scientists and academics act with Centigrade/Fahrenheit, it's mentioned in the Discworld Companion that any young wizard attempting to use primes will immediately face the question from his superiors "What's that in Old Money?" Perhaps because of this, thaums are nearly always cited as the unit in the books.
** ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' uses "splitting the thaum" as a fantastic version of splitting the atom, implying the thaum is actually a real distinct particle or entity rather than just an arbitrary measurement.
** Continuing the temperature parody theme, younger wizards use a "thaumometer" (sounds like "thermometer") to measure the strength of a magical field, while older wizards dismiss these modern gadgets and just lick their finger and hold it up--which causes it to sprout a coloured aura which lets them judge the background magic strength.

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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' unit of magic is the ''thaum'', defined as the amount of magic needed to create a white pigeon or three standard-sized billiard balls. There is also the ''prime'', an attempt at a more rational unit created by the wizard Augustus Prime, which is defined as the amount of magic needed to move one pound of lead one foot. In a bit of a parody of how British scientists and academics act with Centigrade/Fahrenheit, it's mentioned in the Discworld Companion that any young wizard attempting to use primes will immediately face the question from his superiors "What's that in Old Money?" Perhaps because of this, thaums are nearly always cited as the unit in the books.
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''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' uses "splitting the thaum" as a fantastic version of splitting the atom, implying the thaum is actually a real distinct particle or entity rather than just an arbitrary measurement.
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measurement. Continuing the temperature parody theme, younger wizards use a "thaumometer" (sounds like "thermometer") to measure the strength of a magical field, while older wizards dismiss these modern gadgets and just lick their finger and hold it up--which up -- which causes it to sprout a coloured colored aura which lets them judge the background magic strength.






* ''Literature/TheMartian'': Mark gets tired of calculating the power needs of his survival gear in kilowatt-hours per sol [[note]]Martial solar day[[/note]], so he dubs that unit the "pirate-ninja".
** {{Defictionalization}}: Andy Weir comments in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SemyzKgaUU this interview]] that the team monitoring the Curiosity rover has started referring to watt-hours per sol as milli-pirate-ninjas.

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* ''Literature/TheMartian'': Mark gets tired of calculating the power needs of his survival gear in kilowatt-hours per sol [[note]]Martial solar day[[/note]], so he dubs that unit the "pirate-ninja".
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"pirate-ninja". {{Defictionalization}}: Andy Weir comments in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SemyzKgaUU this interview]] that the team monitoring the Curiosity rover has started referring to watt-hours per sol as milli-pirate-ninjas.



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* The parsecs thing from ''Star Wars'' is parodied in ''WebAnimation/StarWreck'', where the "twist of a maggothole" is expressed as megaparsecseconds (Finnish original) or googol-fluxoms (English translation). Neither of those make ''any'' sense.
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15th Nov '16 11:12:39 PM BattleMaster
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* The various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchises use various [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Units_of_length units of length]] and [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Units_of_time time.]] While they used generic "cycles" a lot, the earliest Cybertronian units of measurement had such names as "breem," "vorn," and "orn."

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* The various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchises use various [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Units_of_length units of length]] and [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Units_of_time time.]] While they used generic "cycles" a lot, the earliest Cybertronian units of measurement had such names as "breem," "vorn," and "orn."" This has been largely dropped in recent books like ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' and ''ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' in favor of using more familiar measurement systems like seconds, minutes, and hours for time and feet and miles for distance.
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