History Main / HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure

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."]]
21st May '16 4:25:32 PM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': Egon uses a convenient Twinkie to describe the current PKE levels in the containment unit. Ironically, he gets something about the size of Mr. Stay-Puft.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'': Egon uses a convenient Twinkie to describe the current PKE levels in the containment unit. Ironically, he gets something about the size of Mr. Stay-Puft.
19th May '16 10:28:01 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* These kind of measurements come up on ''{{QI}}'' from time to time. Apparently the UK purchases enough wrapping paper for the Christmas season every year to gift-wrap the island of Guernsey.

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* These kind of measurements come up on ''{{QI}}'' ''Series/{{QI}}'' from time to time. Apparently the UK purchases enough wrapping paper for the Christmas season every year to gift-wrap the island of Guernsey.
14th May '16 9:40:23 AM nighttrainfm
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* A joke Hugh Dennis likes to use: "Did you know that every year, [[GreenAesop we destroy an area of rainforest the size of Belgium?]] '''WHY NOT JUST DESTROY BELGIUM!'''"

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* A joke Hugh Dennis likes to use: "Did you know that every year, [[GreenAesop we destroy an area of rainforest the size of Belgium?]] '''WHY NOT JUST DESTROY BELGIUM!'''"BELGIUM?!'''"
8th May '16 10:11:31 PM intastiel
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## contrasting against the GDP of a country, which means all the money anyone made within the territories of that country over a time period, usually a year
## contrasting against the total assets of a big company ("he have enough money to buy Exxon Mobil four times over")

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## contrasting against the GDP of a country, which means all the money anyone made within the territories of that country over a time period, usually a year
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## contrasting against the total assets of a big company ("he have has enough money to buy Exxon Mobil four times over")over").
27th Apr '16 7:51:05 PM Jhonny
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* Speeds are often described in terms of the time it would take to cross a given distance at that speed. For example the TGV (operating speed up to 320 km/h or pretty much 200 mph) would take 15 hours from LA to New York City. If there was a rail line built to that speed, that is.[[note]]Given that very little of the US network is electrified, it would probably stop somewhere in Pennsylvania shortly after the end of the catenary[[/note]]

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* Speeds are often described in terms of the time it would take to cross a given distance at that speed. For example the TGV (operating speed up to 320 km/h or pretty much 200 mph) would take 15 hours from LA to New York City. If there was a rail line built to that speed, that is.[[note]]Given that very little of the US network is electrified, it would probably stop somewhere in Pennsylvania (on an east-west journey) shortly after the end of the catenary[[/note]]
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