Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
While the Americans sent space probes to Mars, the Soviets sent many probes to Venus, of which 8 of them successfully landed on the Venusian surface and took the first measurements and pictures of the planet’s surface, showing Venus to be a hot, hellish wasteland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Canada's first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald, made the metric system of measurement legal in Canada in 1871. It took another 100 years to become standard. cbc.ca/archives/entry/mps…
That, in typing speed, words per minute (WPM) is actually just a measurement of characters per minute (CPM). 1 WPM is the same as 5 CPM yorku.ca/mack/RN-TextEntr…
There is a measurement known as a "micromort". Although this is often a rough estimate, a micromort is the number of chances in one million that something will kill you. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
When it’s said that Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, they were referring to an actual measurement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pec…
Memoirist AB Facey was found to be perfectly 6 feet tall when he went for his 1915 army medical. The medical detachment, which had conducted thousands of similar measurements, said it was the only time they'd ever seen someone with a height of 6 feet in exact round figures. researchonline.jcu.edu.au…
Alcohol's measurement is coined "proof" because, during the 1500s, England would increase taxes on drinks containing a higher percentage of alcohol. They would measure this is by soaking gunpowder in the alcohol and trying to ignite it. If it ignited, this was "proof" that it had a high content. thedailymeal.com/drink/fa…
Researchers applied 400 burns to 13 women in labor to calibrate their pain-o-meter to the pain of childbirth. They got 55 usable measurements and only 2 volunteers β€˜show[ed] hostility to the entire experimental team’ and β€˜cried and complained with vigor’ even with β€˜cajolingβ€˜ and β€˜persistence’. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of the 'smoot', a unit of measurement that was created after a fraternity measured the length of a bridge using a pledge named Oliver Smoot. Smoots are marked on the bridge in increments of 10 and the Cambridge Police Department uses the markings to note the location of accidents on the bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
The US has its own version of the international foot measurement, the US Survey Foot Measurement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Annie Hawkins-Turner, better known by the stage name Norma Stitz ("enormous tits"), holds the Guinness World Record for largest natural breasts. By American bra estimation, her measurements would put her in a 48V bra. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Civic Musical Road has grooves to replicate part of the finale of the William Tell overture. The result only slightly resembles the overture. This is likely due to not including the width of the groove in the measurements spacing the grooves. A re-creation of the road included the same failure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
There is an unit of measurement known as 'smoot' (5 feet 7 inches or 1.708meters) larsondesigngroup.com/und…
There are actually two measurements called the 'foot' in the US - the 'international foot' (.3048 meters) and the 'US survey foot' (1200/3937 meters). One international foot is approximately .999998 US Survey feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Today I learned about the COASTLINE PARADOX which essentially states that the length of any given coastline is dependent on the unit of measurement, the smaller the measurement the greater the # & when measuring @ the molecular level can reach near infinity which is hard to grasp considering it's a finite space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
The US uses customary units of measurement that, prior to 1959, were slightly bigger than the imperial system units. The Mendenhall Order established a set conversion rate between the US and metric systems, causing discrepancies with the imperial system over time. usma.org/laws-and-bills/m…
The US might have been on the metric system today if British privateers (literally Pirates of the Caribbean) hadn't captured Joseph Dombey's ship in 1794 as he sailed to meet Thomas Jefferson with two new standards of measurement - the meter and the grave (which became the kilogram). nist.gov/blogs/taking-mea…
In a bra, cup size doesn’t measure breast size. It signifies the difference in measurement between ribcage and bust. A woman can wear an 80B and 75C bra the same. youngwomenshealth.org/201…
The measurement unit β€œleague” was originally defined as the distance you could walk in an hour. wikipedia.org/wiki/League…
The north pole of the planet is actually a magnetic south pole right now, but it is still referred to as β€œmagnetic north” to correspond with our geographic measurements smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
It's very problematic to make an accurate and/or precise measurement of something as seemingly mundane as coastlines, due to the Coastline Paradox. Although the actual measurement cannot be theoretically infinite, coastlines are practically immeasurable in terms of standardized consistency. youtube.com/watch?v=I_rw-…
A moment was a medieval measurement of time and corresponded to 90 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
In 1977, two American colleges, Carleton College and St. Olaf College, members of NCAA's Division III conference, attempted to play an American football game using purely metric measurements deadspin.com/the-liter-bo…
A unit of measurement common in Sweden and Norway, but not in Denmark, is the Scandinavian Mile, or the Mil, pronounced like meal. It is equal to 10 kilometres, but has been longer in the past. wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandi…
Shorter penises increase more in length than longer ones when they become erect. Research based on the penis measurements of 2,770 men found that shorter penises increased by 86% when erect, nearly twice that of longer penises (47%). nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-h…
In 1999, NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because half the project staff used imperial measurements and the other half used metric. cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/3…
The acre unit of measurement was originally developed from the amount of area that a pair of oxen could plow in single day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acr…
In Finland there's an old measurement unit called "poronkusema" which can be translated to "reindeer’s piss". It describes the distance a reindeer can travel without having to stop to pee which is around 7 - 7.5km. Also reindeer can't walk and pee at the same time. slate.com/human-interest/…
Felix Bloch was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics for "development of new ways and methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements." He left Germany in 1933 and went on to become the first professor for theoretical physics at Stanford en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
That, by law, the Metric System is the preferred measurement system in the United States. us-metric.org/metric-conv…
Scientists have developed measurement formulas so precise that the distance between the Earth and Moon can be calculated with a margin of error smaller than the distance of a red blood cell. youtube.com/watch?v=7IyHu…
A Butt is a unit of measurement, 130 - 151 US Gallons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Today I learned about the β€œsverdrup” (Sv), a measurement of flow equal to 1,000,000 cubic meters or 260,000,000 gallons per second. The largest ocean current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, is 125 Sv. As a comparison, all the rivers of the world flowing into the oceans is only about 1.25 Sv. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sve…
British people tend to be β€œbi-measurement” the same way some people are bilingual. Both imperial and metric units factor into their lives. wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric…
The highest-energy particle (at time of measurement in 1991) had the energy equivalent of a baseball traveling at 58mph (94km/h). There's evidence it was a single proton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh-…
, Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such Nintendo games as Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda, has a hobby of guessing the measurements of objects, then checking to see if he was correct. He enjoys the hobby so much he carries a tape measure with him everywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
The saying β€œonce in a blue moon” refers to a real measurement of time. space.com/15455-blue-moon…
Today I learned about LADARTracker, technology based on tracking systems originally developed for NASA to assist spacecraft in delicate docking maneuvers with laser pulses taking measurements 4,000 times a second. It led to Lasik eye surgery as it can reliably track movement and map the entire eye at all times spacefoundation.org/space…
The historically vague measurements "dash, pinch, smidgen" are mostly real cooking measurements that have generally agreed-upon amounts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
"Bus factor" is an actual thing. A project management measurement system for how stable your project would be if part of the team happened to suddenly get hit by a bus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
Dimensional measurement. This is the method used in almost all DIY type stores that sell lumber. We recognize such "sizes" as 2x4, 2x6, 4x4, etc. In reality, these measurements are not a true measurement of the lumber thickness or width. A 2x4 is actually 1.5x3.5, due to drying and planning. thespruce.com/dimensional…
There is a unit of length measurement called 'hands' and there are 3 hands in 1 foot onlineconversion.com/hors…
Today I learned of Eratosthenes ( ~200 be), who calculated the Earth's circumference with remarkable accuracy at 25 000 miles, using a rod and a hole/well. Modern day measurement of the earth’s circumference is 24,859.734 mi at the Poles and 24,901.461 mi at the Equator. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratos…
Far East cultures have a measurement similar to the inch, but slightly longer because it's based on the second segment of the thumb instead of the second segment of the index finger which was the inspiration for the Western inch. Called in China: "cun" or "tsun", Japan: "sun" and Korea: "chon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cun…
The Keeling Curve, used to measure carbon dioxide in the air, has been increasing steadily from values around 317 parts per million (ppm) when Charles D. Keeling began measurements in 1958, to nearly 400 ppm today. youtu.be/dXBzFNEwoj8
The unit of Measurement "Acre" is the area that can be plowed in one day by Oxen pulling a wooden plow. britannica.com/science/ac…
British people tend to be "bi-measurement" in much the same way that some people are bilingual, with both imperial and metric units factoring into their lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The terms "Dash" and "Pinch" (and "Smidgen", apparently) are concrete measurements in recipes equating to 1/8 tsp, 1/16 tsp, and 1/32 tsp. skillet.lifehacker.com/ho…

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