# Wacky units of measurement

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Doctor Q, Dec 22, 2005.

### Staff Member

Joined:
Sep 19, 2002
Location:
Los Angeles
#1
I'm hooked on a new time-wasting pastime... looking for nutty units of measurement and conversion factors at onlineconversion.com. The only rule is that you must put the larger unit on the left, so that the conversion factor is greater than 1.

So far I've mostly played in the Length/Distance section, and I have already discovered that Q (sometimes called kyu) is a unit of length equivalent to a quarter of a millimeter. Which means that every time you travel a kilometer you've crossed four million of me!

Other length facts you should obviously know:
1 U = 177.8 Q

1 finger = 2 nail

1 arms-length = 70 centimeter

1 gnat's eye = 1.25 hair's breadth

1 klick = 328.0839895 stick

1 smoot = 96,479.3922558 twip

1 gigaparsec = 123,427,119,999,999,984,616,376,584,024.2342712e+29 Q
If you switch over to the Weight/Mass section, you might learn that
1 slinch = 1,948,343.2830839 crith

The Dictionary of Units of Measurement is a good place to look up more information about some of these obscure measurements.

2. ### MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

Joined:
Sep 13, 2003
Location:
Its not so much where you are as when you are.
#2
a c.h. The smallest unit measurable with the equipment at hand

3. ### yellow Moderator emeritus

Joined:
Oct 21, 2003
Location:
Portland, OR
#3
Does Mrs. Q know how much you get around?

I'm most intrigued by the smoot and the twip.

5 faust = 81.0461538 bee space, I knew that.

### Staff Member

Joined:
Aug 16, 2005
Location:
New England
#4
Always fun counting smoots across the Harvard Bridge.

Had to look up twips though... (PostScript I remember theee not so well).

B

Joined:
Oct 21, 2003
Location:
Portland, OR
6. ### mad jew Moderator emeritus

Joined:
Apr 3, 2004
Location:
#6
So now we can measure how long the Mac Basics forums is by counting the Qs?... So confused right now...

### Staff Member

Joined:
Sep 19, 2002
Location:
Los Angeles
#7
Yes, she knows it's 32 petrograds per second.

Joined:
Jan 21, 2005
Location:
New Zealand
9. ### Applespider macrumors G4

Joined:
Jan 20, 2004
Location:
looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
#9
You should have a read through the BBC news magazine where the letters page is trying to compare various things to standard British measurements.

They started off, some months ago, comparing thing to Hyde Park and are now trying to figure out how many old (recently retired) London buses are needed to drive to the beautifully full moon using the equivalent fuel from the fuel storage facility that blew up last week.

My question is, after screwing up a few recipes by forgetting that US/UK measurements don't always match, is whether these are international standards or whether in fact, a smoot to closer to 1.1 twips on this side of the pond.

10. ### rickvanr macrumors 68040

Joined:
Apr 10, 2002
Location:
Brockville
#10
By the title of the thread I thought for sure this was going to be about the Imperial measurement system.

11. ### Loge macrumors 68030

Joined:
Jun 24, 2004
Location:
England
#11
yes, for example

1 bushel = 4 pecks
1 furlong = 40 rods
1 chain = 4 perches

Joined:
Jul 4, 2004
#12
13. ### steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

Joined:
May 15, 2005
Location:
NG9, England
#13
I didn't realise that's what the Astronomical Second was designed for, but I guess it's as good an excuse as any to try and bump up your post count.