History Main / HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure

24th Sep '16 8:01:08 AM tracer
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* Many common units of measurements likely started this way. For example, an "atm" is the pressure of sea level Earth's atmosphere, a "bar" is an amount of pressure about that of Earth's atmosphere, but consistent with metric units. Temperature scales were based on boiling and freezing points of water -- Celsius sets 0° and 100° at those points for distilled water, while Fahrenheit originally had 32° as the freezing point of water and 96° as human body temperature.[[note]]Fahrenheit gave 32° as the freezing point of water, 96° as the average body temperature of a human being, and 212° as the boiling point of water. However, scientists who came after him could not set a scale that got all three of those values to correctly line up with the things they were measuring, so they took the two they could measure precisely -- the freezing and boiling points of water -- and adjusted the third accordingly, giving us the modern standard of 98.6° for human body temperature.[[/note]]

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* Many common units of measurements likely started this way. For example, an "atm" is the pressure of sea level Earth's atmosphere, a "bar" is an amount of pressure about that of Earth's atmosphere, but consistent with metric units. Temperature scales were based on boiling and freezing points of water -- Celsius sets 0° and 100° at those points for distilled water, while Fahrenheit originally had 32° as the freezing point of water and 96° as human body temperature.[[note]]Fahrenheit gave 32° as the freezing point of water, 96° as the average body temperature of a human being, and 212° as the boiling point of water. However, scientists who came after him could not set a scale that got all three of those values to correctly line up with the things they were measuring, so they took the two they could measure precisely -- the freezing and boiling points of water -- and adjusted the third accordingly, giving us the modern standard of 98.6° for human body temperature.[[/note]] (And human body temperature varies enough from individual to individual that the best you can say is that it's 37°C plus-or-minus 1°C; 98.6°F is a ridiculously overprecise value.)[[/note]]
24th Sep '16 7:57:22 AM tracer
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* The temperature on Venus is typically described as "hot enough to melt lead".

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* The temperature on Venus is typically described as either "hot enough to melt lead".lead" or "hotter than a self-cleaning oven".
5th Sep '16 1:27:58 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Elementary school mathematics textbooks, such as those by Houghton Mifflin, will teach students the basics of length measurement by having them use "paper-clip units", i.e. measuring how long something is by lining up identically-sized paper clips along the length of an object, or simply using a tear-out ruler from a workbook with paper clip graphics printed on it.
27th Jul '16 3:52:58 PM nombretomado
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* Used as a question in TheBBC Radio 4 cryptic quiz show ''Round Britain Quiz'': "If London buses times Jumbo jets equal Wales, why would Wales times Eiffel Towers offer a field of contest to Phelps and Spitz?" (Length times width equals area, and area times height equals volume, measured in Olympic swimming pools.)

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* Used as a question in TheBBC Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 cryptic quiz show ''Round Britain Quiz'': "If London buses times Jumbo jets equal Wales, why would Wales times Eiffel Towers offer a field of contest to Phelps and Spitz?" (Length times width equals area, and area times height equals volume, measured in Olympic swimming pools.)
23rd Jul '16 4:30:44 PM nombretomado
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* There is a story by CarlBarks with DonaldDuck and his nephews, where they are travelling into space via a virtual machine [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Gyro Gearloose]] made. Donald takes them to bigger places where he recreates earthly stuff on vast scales, constantly using comparative scales for his nephews and the readers to grasp. This is mixed with using objects of continuously lesser scales -- first insects, than dust, snowflakes, etc -- surpassing them. The story is called 'Donald's Big Imagination'. A grasshopper from Betelgeuse is imagined having 5 ocean liners on its back and the circumference of the star uses a time-scale analogy, namely "Earth's fastest rocket takes 100 years to fly around it".

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* There is a story by CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks with DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and his nephews, where they are travelling into space via a virtual machine [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Gyro Gearloose]] made. Donald takes them to bigger places where he recreates earthly stuff on vast scales, constantly using comparative scales for his nephews and the readers to grasp. This is mixed with using objects of continuously lesser scales -- first insects, than dust, snowflakes, etc -- surpassing them. The story is called 'Donald's Big Imagination'. A grasshopper from Betelgeuse is imagined having 5 ocean liners on its back and the circumference of the star uses a time-scale analogy, namely "Earth's fastest rocket takes 100 years to fly around it".
17th Jul '16 10:38:34 AM nombretomado
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** Force is measured in units of ''[[ChuckNorris Norris]]''

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** Force is measured in units of ''[[ChuckNorris ''[[Creator/ChuckNorris Norris]]''
5th Jul '16 7:33:55 PM tracer
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'''Hawkeye''': A small egg roll.\\

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'''Hawkeye''': A small egg roll.\\
5th Jul '16 7:33:18 PM tracer
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* In "Mission Jupiter" on the Discovery Science channel, when describing how much radiation the Juno space probe would have to endure, they said it was built to "survive radiation equivalent to 100 million dental X-rays over the course of its mission." (Which is an odd choice. A dental X-ray uses a surprisingly small amount of ionizing radiation. A typical CT scan uses about a thousand times more.)
3rd Jul '16 7:10:49 PM Doug86
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** In a chillingly poetic comparison in the last episode, Creator/CarlSagan compared the total tonnage of bombs dropped in WorldWarII -- about 2 megatons of TNT -- to the yield of a single modern strategic thermonuclear weapon (up to 100MT for a specially-made one, but 300-500 kilotons for a garden-variety mass-production model). Given the size of the world's arsenals at the time (25k US, 25k Soviet, 1k other [[note]] The equal US-CCCP numbers being the product of the Détente period [[/note]]) the tonnage of bombs and warheads we could theoretically drop in WorldWarIII, he said, would be "A world war 2 every second, for the length of a lazy afternoon." (Soviet stockpiles were suspected to be larger than the official figures, but in retrospect we know his overestimate wasn't too far off given that it really did come to about two-and-a-half hours' worth of WWII per ever two seconds). He then went on to (correctly) claim that the stockpiles were the equivalent of a million Hiroshima bombs.

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** In a chillingly poetic comparison in the last episode, Creator/CarlSagan compared the total tonnage of bombs dropped in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII -- about 2 megatons of TNT -- to the yield of a single modern strategic thermonuclear weapon (up to 100MT for a specially-made one, but 300-500 kilotons for a garden-variety mass-production model). Given the size of the world's arsenals at the time (25k US, 25k Soviet, 1k other [[note]] The equal US-CCCP numbers being the product of the Détente period [[/note]]) the tonnage of bombs and warheads we could theoretically drop in WorldWarIII, he said, would be "A world war 2 every second, for the length of a lazy afternoon." (Soviet stockpiles were suspected to be larger than the official figures, but in retrospect we know his overestimate wasn't too far off given that it really did come to about two-and-a-half hours' worth of WWII per ever two seconds). He then went on to (correctly) claim that the stockpiles were the equivalent of a million Hiroshima bombs.
19th Jun '16 7:02:33 PM bt8257
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* PJ O'Rourke once [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this trope, on a tour of a US Navy vessel, and came up with a few comparisons of his own, deciding for instance that the ship contained [[ComedicSociopath "enough rope to hang every Democrat elected to Congress since the Johnson administration."]]

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* PJ O'Rourke once [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this trope, on a tour of a US Navy vessel, and came up with a few comparisons of his own, deciding for instance that the ship contained [[ComedicSociopath [[ComedicSociopathy "enough rope to hang every Democrat elected to Congress since the Johnson administration."]]
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