Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Obscure Engineering Conversion Factors

The following came around in this morning's e-mail, and I think it's amusing enough to be worth archiving. I've enlisted the aid of the Wikipedia to explain some of the jokes that rely on immersion in American culture.

  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 = 1bananosecond
  5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
  6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong
  7. 365.25 days of drinking low calorie beer = 1 Lite year
  8. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling
  9. Half a large intestine = 1 semicolon
  10. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
  11. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower
  12. Shortest distance between two jokes = a straight line
  13. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
  14. 1 million microphones = 1 megaphone
  15. 1 million bicycles = 1 megacycle
  16. 365 bicycles = 1 unicycle
  17. 2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds
  18. 10 cards = 1 decacard
  19. 52 cards = 1 deckacard
  20. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton
  21. 1000 ccs of wet socks = 1 literhosen
  22. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
  23. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin
  24. 10 rations = 1 decaration
  25. 100 rations = 1 C-Ration
  26. 2 monograms = 1 diagram
  27. 8 nickels = 2 paradigms
  28. 5 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 I.V. League

1 comment:

  1. Does anyone know the author of these conversion factors, so that we can attribute them properly?

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