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Taking the measure…

 

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It’s National Metric Week!

 

As we cheat on conversion, we might recall that it was on this date in 1960 that the meter (AKA “the metre”) was redefined for the fourth time to be 1,650,763.73 wavelengths in vacuum of the orange-red light radiation of the krypton-86 atom (transition between levels 2p10 and 5d5)– a specification 100 times more accurate than the previous (third) legal definition adopted in 1889.

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Written by LW

October 14, 2011 at 1:01 am

A conversion experience…

1 average human stomach holds as much as 0.9203413389691 of a beer keg (photo source)

Who hasn’t wondered…

How many NASCAR Winston Cup Tires in an African Elephant?
How many kegs of beer in an Airbus A380?
How many Shaquille O’Neals in the Great Wall of China?
How many giraffe’s necks in the Weinermobile?
How many bathtubs in an average human stomach?
How many dump trucks in an Olympic Swimming pool?

One can derive excellent equivalencies to one’s heart’s content at “WeirdConverter.”

As we refrain from putting our thumbs onto the scales, we might recall that it was on this date in 1776 that Richard Bache became the second Postmaster General of (what was becoming) the United States; he took over from his father-in-law, Benjamin Franklin, who’d left for Paris to represent the interests of the Continental Congress.

Richard Bache (source: Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary)

 

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