Thursday, July 17, 2008

Metric Conversions

From time to time, small issues arise among our Canadian, European and American Bloggers because of the fact that the USA uses largely Imperial units of measure, while the rest of the world (mostly) is on the metric system.

Some of the following may prove useful for those who are challenged by the conversion process.

Useful Imperial/Metric Conversions:

Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter - Eskimo Pi

2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University - 1 I.V. League

2,000 pounds of Chinese soup - Won Ton

1 millionth mouthwash - 1 microscope

Speed of a tortoise breaking the sound barrier - Mach turtle

Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour - Knot Furlong

365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it’s less filling - 1 Lite Year

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone - 1 Rod Serling

Half of a large intestine - 1 semicolon

1,000 aches - 1 megahertz

Weight an evangelist carries with God - 1 billigram

Basic unit of laryngitis - 1 hoarsepower

Shortest distance between two jokes - a straight line

Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement - 1 bananosecond

A half bathroom - 1 demijohn

453.6 graham crackers - 1 pound cake

1 million microphones - 1 megaphone

1 million bicycles - one megacycle

2,000 mockingbirds - two kilomockingbirds

10 cards - 1 decacards

1 kilogram of falling figs - 1 Fig Newton

1,000 milliliters of wet socks - 1 literhosen

1 millionth of a salmon - 1 microfiche

1 trillion pins - 1 terrapin

1 million billion piccolos - 1 gigolo

10 rations - 1 decoration

100 rations - 1 C-ration

10 millipedes - 1 centipede

3 1/3 tridents - 1 decadent

10 monologs - 5 dialogs

2 monograms - 1 diagram

8 nickels - 2 paradigms

2 wharfs - 1 paradox

265 parliamentarians - Not 1 decision



Bear((( )))


Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I don't know how you find this stuff, but it's incredibly good.

I remember being taught* the metric system in grade school.

*Taught = showed the word "METRIC." Never to be discussed again.

Bear Naked said...

The one I like the best is
2 wharfs - 1 paradox.

Bear((( )))

sablonneuse said...

That is so funny. Despite the fact that the metric system 'invaded' Britain years ago (and I had to teach it too) I still think in imperial measurements - as do many other older people. We go around with a dual inches/cms tape measure here and French people think it's quite amusing.
Love the ZZZZ Bears. (We say 'zed' in Britain too).

Liz said...

Those are birlliant!

Dragonstar said...

I LOVE THIS! After all these years I can translate into metric, but my first language is still inches.

Mental P Mama said...

LOL Too funny.

Daryl said...

Laughing here .. I was going to whine that all those #s were confusing my already addled brain .. then the payoff!

JeanMac said...

My morning laugh - thanks.

photowannabe said...

Great, funny and clever post. they are all good. Thanks for sharing.
I'm afraid my metric skills are nil.

David said...

Pi R squared, Cake R round silly bear!

Anonymous said...

You are a metric bear genius!
haha loved those alot!