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The Metric System, Unit Definitions, and Useful (?) Conversion Factors

Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

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

Time it takes to sail 220 yards at one nautical mile per hour = Knot-furlong

365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling = 1 lite year

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Sterling

Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

Shortest distance between two jokes = a straight line

Time between slipping on a peel and hitting the pavement = bananosecond

Time it takes to sail 220 yards at one nautical mile per hour = Knot-furlong

453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton

1 unit of suspense in a mystery novel = 1 whod unit

100 rations = 1 C-ration

10 monologs = 5 dialogs

2 monograms = 1 diagram

4 nickels = 2 paradigms

2 wharves = 1 paradox

2 snake eyes = 1 paradise

2 baby sitters = 1 gramma grampa

100 Senators = not one decision

10^{18} acts = 1 exact

10^{15} shops = 1 petashop

10^{12} bulls = 1 terabull

10^{9} antics = 1 gigantic

10^{9} "lo"s = 10^{21} picolos = 1 gigalo

10^{6} aches = 1 megahurtz

10^{6} phones = 1 megaphone

2 x 10^{3} mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds

10^{1} cards = 1 decacards (or 52 cards = 1 decacards)

3 ^{1}/_{3} tridents = 1 decadent

5 dialogs = 1 decalog

10^{-1} mates = 1 decimate

10^{-1} mals = 1 decimal

10^{-1} bels = 1 decibel

10^{-2} mental journeys = 1 centimental journey

10 millipedes = 1 centipede

10^{-3} of an ion = 1 million

10^{-3} Helen of Troys = 1 milliHelen, the amount of beauty required to launch
one ship

10^{-6} fish = 1 microfiche

10^{-6} phones = 1 microphone

10^{-6} bottles of mouthwash = 1 microscope

10^{-12} really big scares = 1 picoboo

10^{-18} boys = 1 attoboy