Units for Dummies

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This is a funny set of measurement units that I've been collecting from various sources on the Internets (Ars Technica for example) and the physical world.

  1. the Hiroshima is the internationally recognized unit of measure for reporting the force of any destructive event.
    As in,
    The earthquake that generated the great Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is estimated to have released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). - National Geographic
  2. the human hair is the unit for reporting the size of very small things.
    As in,
    Nanotechnology is a catchall term for an enormous range of research and technology measured at the scale of one-thousandth the width of a human hair. - Wired (original link broke)
  3. the latte is the unit for comparing personal expenses.
    As in,
    That’s the cost of a latte a day to help a child do better in school, avoid harmful behaviors and have a chance to realize his or her potential. - Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  4. the football field is the unit for reporting the size of very large things.
    As in,
    "Matsushita's new plasma display factory near Osaka, measuring roughly 15 football fields, is a reminder that size matters but is not the only key to success in the flat screen TV business. - expired Reuter's Article
  5. the feels like is the unit for reporting extreme temperature. As in,
    The patented, exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature is an index that describes what the temperature really feels like. - AccuWeather.com

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