Beyond metric

#1

Apparently we no longer use the metric system as a unit of measurement, for really big things anyway.

The new system is much easier to comprehend
Components of the new system are

A grapefruit
An MCG
An Olympic swimming pool
The Sydney Harbour
The Rialto Tower

I am yet to understand how many Olympic swimming pools make up one Sydney Harbour
Have I missed any?
This system has crept up on me

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#2

Blue whales and
Rhode Islands (for international measurements)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_units_of_measurement

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#3

Americans use football fields as a pretty standard measure.

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#4

And for smaller things there is ‘an elephant’ or even ‘a small elephant’ for preciseness.

Is this system called “media-splaining”?

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#5

Hail the size of golf balls.

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#6

Been looking for a house recently, and m**2 is not cutting it for land area. Can someone recommend a more appropriate unit? Grapefruits are volumetric, I’m just looking for a 2d unit.

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#7

^“Squares” - hands down worst unit of measurement.

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#8

https://www.betootaadvocate.com/headlines/report-hail-not-worth-talking-about-unless-its-golf-ball-sized/

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#9

You should be looking for a quarter acre.
But the length and width would be in cricket pitches

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#10

The 747 was always a good international unit of measure.

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#11

The length of a cricket pitch is one chain, I believe.

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#12

So 2 cricket pitches equals

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#13

That might make cricket more interesting for the US market…

“Hits it for 4 Chainz”
“Taken a Chain, coming back for 2 Chainz now…good chaining”

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#14

im not clear on the problem here.

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#15

Which one?

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#16

You’re the first person to say there’s a problem. Do you have a problem Jamesy?

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#17

I do now m8

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#18

Are we talking inner-urban or outer suburban?

You might use, in descending order: football field (and 1/2 field), tennis court (and 1/2 court), table tennis table, pool table, pinball machine.

Sporting measurements are recommended. But you might also adopt a double car garage, single car garage, double bed, single bed.

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#19

I tried to write a media release once, expressing average annual household energy use in “hours of field lighting at the MCG”. It didn’t get up. I thought it was good.

Also, I thought this was going to be about metric shocks. Making progress there.

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#20

^ MCG is a good one. Usually in relation to population numbers.

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