Wondering about wild grapes

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wondering how many ounces are in a kilo, etc.

Have you ever had to go look up stuff in conversion tables? You know, like how many gallons are in a cubic foot, or how many ounces are in a kilogram, or how many millimeters are in an inch, or . . . . I think you know what I am talking about. In the type of work I do, I get into a lot of conversion ratios and formulae. Some of the conversion tables are easy to find and some you have to search for.

I thought that this morning, since there is so much disaster, death, pain, and suffering going on the last few days, that a little bit of humor might be in store to brighten up the day some. It just so happened that I got an email from a good friend and it listed some scientific conversions that I had never heard of and thought that you would like to read them. Some of them you have to think about to see the real connection between both sides of the equal sign.


Scientific Conversions

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 = 1 bananosecond

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. 16.5 feet in theTwilight Zone = 1 Rod Sterling

8. Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

9. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

10. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

11. Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line

12. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

13. 1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone

14. 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles

15. 365.25 days = 1 unicycle

16. 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds

17. 52 cards = 1 decacards

18. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton

19. 1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen

20. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

21. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin

22. 10 rations = 1 decoration

23. 100 rations = 1 C-ration

24. 2 monograms = 1 diagram

25. 4 nickels = 2 paradigms

26. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 IV League

27. 100 Senators = Not 1 decision

I especially like the last one, number 27.


  1. LOL LOL, Those are funny!! Outstanding!!! Thank who ever sent them to you. And of course I'm gonna steal them for use on my blog!!


  2. May as well steal them, I did (grin).

  3. Those are funny.

    As an interesting side note, did you know that google's search page will do conversions? Try typing "3 feet to meters" at some point. I never had a conversion that it couldn't do.

  4. Grant, thanks for the info, I did not know that. I always use the Machinery Handbook. Like one gallon equals 231 cu. inches. OK, checked it out and google gives the same answer.

  5. They are all very good, hard to pick a favourite.

    Happy Trails, and Tails, Penny, TX

  6. Hi Penny, thanks for stopping by. I have been watching the completion of your trailer.

  7. The beauty necessary to launch a single ship = 1 millihelen