Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Units of Measurement

For those who thought the hardest part of Physics 101 was the constant conversion from Metre /Kg /Seconds (metric) to British units, here are some useful British conversions:

1. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi
2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup: Won ton
3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash: 1 microscope
4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement: 1 bananosecond
5. Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram
6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour: Knot-furlong
7. 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling: 1 lite year
8. Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon
9. 1000 aches: 1 megahurtz
10. Basic unit of laryngitis: 1 hoarsepower
11. Shortest distance between two jokes: A straight line (think about it for a moment)
12. 453.6 graham crackers: 1 pound cake
13. 1 million-million microphones: 1 megaphone
14. 1 million bicycles: 2 megacycles
15. 365.25 days: 1 unicycle
16. 2000 mockingbirds: two kilomockingbirds
17. 10 cards: 1 decacards
18. 1 kilogram of falling figs: 1 Fig Newton
19. 1000 grams of wet socks: 1 literhosen
20. 1 millionth of a fish: 1 microfiche
21. 1 trillion pins: 1 terrapin
22. 10 rations: 1 decoration
23. 100 rations: 1 C-ration
24. 2 monograms: 1 diagram
25. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital: 1 I.V. League