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Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science

Little Known Conversion Factors, Explained

 

1: the ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2: 2,000 lbs. of chinese soup = won ton

3: 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope

4: the time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond

5: the weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

6: the time it takes to sail 220 yards, at 1 nautical mile per hour = knotferlong

7: 365.25 days of drinking low calorie beer = 1 lite year

8: 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

9: half a large intestine = 1 semicolon

10: 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

11: basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

12: shortest distance between two jokes = a straight line

13: 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

14: 1 million microphones = 1 megaphone

15: 1 million bicycles = 1 megacycle

16: 365.25 days = 1 unicycle

17: 2,000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds

18: 10 cards = 1 decacard

19: 52 cards = 1 deckacard

20: 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 fig Newton

21: 1,000 grams of wet socks = 1 literhosen

22: 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

23: 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin

24: 10 rations = 1 decaration

25: 100 rations = 1 C-ration

26: 2 monograms = 1 diagram

27: 8 nickels = 2 paradigms

28: 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at 
     Yale University Hospital = 1 I.V. league



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