History Main / HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure

16th Sep '17 4:49:37 PM nombretomado
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* In the [[YanksWithTanks US Army]] air defense course and manuals, "football fields" are mentioned as a unit of measure to lead enemy aircraft. Why? A lot of young men (before 9/11, air defense was closed to women) would have played American football at some point in their lives.

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* In the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Army]] air defense course and manuals, "football fields" are mentioned as a unit of measure to lead enemy aircraft. Why? A lot of young men (before 9/11, air defense was closed to women) would have played American football at some point in their lives.
10th Sep '17 10:38:17 AM nombretomado
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* AnimalPlanet likes to compare animals' caloric intake with numbers of hamburgers. Like, a vulture eats the equivalent of 50 hamburgers in one sitting. (Scaled down to the body mass of a vulture, of course. If a vulture ate 50 actual hamburgers, it would explode.)

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* AnimalPlanet Creator/AnimalPlanet likes to compare animals' caloric intake with numbers of hamburgers. Like, a vulture eats the equivalent of 50 hamburgers in one sitting. (Scaled down to the body mass of a vulture, of course. If a vulture ate 50 actual hamburgers, it would explode.)
23rd Jul '17 6:18:01 PM WillKeaton
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* Tech news site The Register has [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html its own units of measure]]:

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* Tech news site The Register has [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html its own units of measure]]:measure:]]



* The old [[http://www.templetons.com/brad/billg.html "Bill Gates Wealth" page]], which dates from a time when Microsoft's stock price kept soaring upward with no end in sight, measured the rate at which Bill Gates earned money in units of ''how much money it would not be worth Bill Gates' time to bend down and pick up.'' E.g. assuming it took Bill Gates 4 seconds to bend over and pick up money, at one point it wouldn't have been worth his time to bend over and pick up $1000 -- he'd have made more money by continuing on his way to work.

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* The old [[http://www.templetons.com/brad/billg.html "Bill Gates Wealth" page]], page,]] which dates from a time when Microsoft's stock price kept soaring upward with no end in sight, measured the rate at which Bill Gates earned money in units of ''how much money it would not be worth Bill Gates' time to bend down and pick up.'' E.g. assuming it took Bill Gates 4 seconds to bend over and pick up money, at one point it wouldn't have been worth his time to bend over and pick up $1000 -- he'd have made more money by continuing on his way to work.
14th Jul '17 3:19:59 PM WaterBlap
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* One Website/BashOrg contributor [[http://bash.org/?12407 came up with one]]:
--> <Ixnorp[Regenerating]> I think I've found an excellent unit of size measurement. It's the 'I could kill you and hide your body in it' unit. People usually become very quiet after you say, "yea, I could kill you and 3 other people and hide the bodies in this"
10th Jul '17 12:59:37 PM RaspyMink
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** UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers prefer to include a range of comparisons to whatever the subject is, including a double-decker bus, Big Ben (St Stephen's Tower), St. Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf, The Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Petronas Towers and any other really famous skyscraper.

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** UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers prefer to include a range of comparisons to whatever the subject is, including a double-decker bus, Big Ben (St Stephen's (Elizabeth Tower), St. Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf, The Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Petronas Towers and any other really famous skyscraper.
1st Jul '17 4:16:01 PM nombretomado
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* This article from TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_humorous_units_of_measurement several of them]].

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* This article from TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_humorous_units_of_measurement several of them]].
22nd May '17 3:50:33 PM WillKeaton
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* Because any amount of radiation sounds scary, the BED was invented ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose Banana Equivalent Dose]]) to help people understand small amounts are inconsequential. Webcomic/{{xkcd}} touched upon it [[http://xkcd.com/radiation/ here]].

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* Because any amount of radiation sounds scary, the BED was invented ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose Banana Equivalent Dose]]) to help people understand small amounts are inconsequential. Webcomic/{{xkcd}} touched upon it [[http://xkcd.com/radiation/ here]].touched upon it here.]]
13th May '17 11:19:44 AM nombretomado
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* ''KatamariDamacy'' uses this form of measurement to illustrate the size of your katamaris.

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* ''KatamariDamacy'' ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' uses this form of measurement to illustrate the size of your katamaris.
13th May '17 5:54:28 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Stories about Paul Bunyan are full of things that are giant-sized, but measurements tend to be purposely left vague. One story claimed that Babe the Blue Ox measured "42 axe handles plus a plug of tobacco" between his eyes, simply to give the reader a feeling of how huge he was.
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* WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs are described as being "three apples high", supposedly meaning a smurf's height is that of three apples stacked. Not very precise, but it does confirm that they are quite small.
30th Apr '17 9:20:26 AM nombretomado
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-->In other words, using Toms as a scale, the comic is currently a [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Tom Servo]]... though tomorrow it'll be a TomCruise. By Wednesday it'll be nearing a Creator/TomHanks, and by this time next week it'll be a Creator/TomSelleck. Thank you for your tom.

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-->In other words, using Toms as a scale, the comic is currently a [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Tom Servo]]... though tomorrow it'll be a TomCruise.Creator/TomCruise. By Wednesday it'll be nearing a Creator/TomHanks, and by this time next week it'll be a Creator/TomSelleck. Thank you for your tom.
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