ROUND 2:Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

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Which is the worst?

Banana Equivalent Dose
2
14%
Ounce
2
14%
Calorie (actually KiloCalorie)
0
No votes
GDP/Unempolyment Aggegate
0
No votes
Yipao
2
14%
Poronkusema
1
7%
whatmeworry
1
7%
candela (luminosity)
1
7%
Anthour
0
No votes
Sheppey (distance)
1
7%
Decibel
2
14%
Richter
1
7%
US Pint
1
7%
Non-logarithmic measurement of volume
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 14

Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby Gilligan on Tue May 14, 2013 8:07 am

Metsfanmax wrote:I've never particularly liked the candela.


Or a candlefoot.
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby tzor on Tue May 14, 2013 9:15 pm

Woodruff wrote:In my house, the term "nerd" is a compliment, mister!


Back in R.P.I. in the days before the evil state pushed the drinking age to 21, we used to spell nerd "knurd."

Why? Because an R.P.I. Engineer was in one of two binary modes at any one time.

He was either being a "knurd" pulling an overnighter for the exam the next morning.

Or he was the exact opposite ...

Literally ...

Drunk.
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby rdsrds2120 on Wed May 15, 2013 12:10 am

I've found the motherload:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hu ... easurement

I nominate the Sheppey.

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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby jonesthecurl on Wed May 15, 2013 12:24 am

The decibel. A logarithmic scale. Anyone hear me?
And remember what the poet said – “in booty there is loot, and in loot booty.” Or sump’n like that.
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby rdsrds2120 on Wed May 15, 2013 12:27 am

jonesthecurl wrote:The decibel. A logarithmic scale. Anyone hear me?


Yeah the decibel sucks. At least the Richter scale was groundbreaking at the time.

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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby MeDeFe on Wed May 15, 2013 5:13 am

MegaProphet wrote:unless I can nominate the entire imperial system

Indeed, in hindsight it was no wonder the empire disintegrated.
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby Metsfanmax on Wed May 15, 2013 6:46 am

jonesthecurl wrote:The decibel. A logarithmic scale. Anyone hear me?


A logarithmic scale is completely necessary for making a pragmatic description of human hearing possible, since we can hear several orders of magnitude in intensity. A jackhammer at 100 dB is 100,000 times louder than the softest sound a person can hear (0 dB).
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby jonesthecurl on Wed May 15, 2013 9:55 am

I can cope with a scale that has a few hundred thousand units.
And remember what the poet said – “in booty there is loot, and in loot booty.” Or sump’n like that.
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby jonesthecurl on Wed May 15, 2013 9:55 am

But I also nominate the US pint. It's too small, especially when it's measuring beer.
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby DoomYoshi on Wed May 15, 2013 10:36 am

Ok, new poll. The old favourites are added again.
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Re: ROUND 2:Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby Agent 86 on Wed May 15, 2013 2:03 pm

I nominate, 'Measuring Poverty'.
There are many different definitions and concepts of well-being world wide. Many agree that the official measure of poverty in the United States is flawed.
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby ender516 on Thu May 16, 2013 12:11 pm

Haggis_McMutton wrote:Also, I put forward the system of measurement proposed by the legendary Donald Knuth(also known in these forums for his appearance in the "Serial killer or computer programmer" thread) in his first published paper.

Knuth published his first "scientific" article in a school magazine in 1957 under the title "Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures." In it, he defined the fundamental unit of length as the thickness of Mad #26, and named the fundamental unit of force "whatmeworry." Mad published the article in issue #33 (June 1957).

OH MY GOD. I remember the Mad article (probably a reprint, or in a paperback collection), but I had no idea Knuth wrote it. My heart soars.

EDIT: (to avoid a double post, I append another comment)
tzor wrote:
Woodruff wrote:In my house, the term "nerd" is a compliment, mister!


Back in R.P.I. in the days before the evil state pushed the drinking age to 21, we used to spell nerd "knurd."

Why? Because an R.P.I. Engineer was in one of two binary modes at any one time.

He was either being a "knurd" pulling an overnighter for the exam the next morning.

Or he was the exact opposite ...

Literally ...

Drunk.

:D I must pass this on to my engineering colleagues.
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Re: Poll: Worst Unit of Measurement

Postby notyou2 on Thu May 16, 2013 7:08 pm

MeDeFe wrote:
MegaProphet wrote:unless I can nominate the entire imperial system

Indeed, in hindsight it was no wonder the empire disintegrated.


I nominate the US version of the Imperial system.
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