From: misrael@grdb.csi.uottawa.ca (Mark Israel) Newsgroups: rec.humor,alt.usage.english Subject: Re: Metric Prefixes In article , Peter Moylan writes: > 10^12 dactyls = 1 teradactyl > 10^15 philes = 1 petaphile > 10^18 stentials = 1 exastential Dubious metrics --------------- A millihelen is the amount of beauty required to launch one ship. A microhelen is the amount of beauty required to motivate one sailor. A megahelen is the amount of beauty required to make the sailor think in any other terms than a one-night stand. But this is all rather bogus, since we are applying metric prefixes to Troy units. Other dubious metrics: 10**21 piccolos = 1 gigolo 10**18 minations = 1 examination 10**15 coats = 1 petacoat 10**12 bulls = 1 terabull 10**12 microphones = 1 megaphone 10**12 pins = 1 terrapin billions and billions = 1 Sagan 10**9 lows = 1 gigalow 10**9 antics = 1 gigantic 10**9 questions = 1 gigawhat 10**9 micrometers = 1 kilometer = 200 pentameters 10**6 bicycles = 2 megacycles 2*10**3 millinaries = 4 seminaries = 1 binary 2*10**3 mockingbirds = 2 kilo mockingbird 1000 Kowalskis = 1 Kilokowalski ("Killer" Kowalski was a well-known professional wrestler about 20 years ago.) 10 cards = 1 decacard 10 decor = 1 hector 10 dence = 1 decadence 10 halls with boughs of holly = decahalls with etc. 10 millipedes = 1 centipede 10 monologues = 5 dialogues = 1 decalogue 10 rations = 1 decoration 5 holocausts = 1 Pentecost 3 1/3 tridents = 1 decadent 2 bulls = 1 Pair a bull 2 homosexuals = 1 bisexual 1 centipede/second = 1 velocipede 1/2 Soviet press agency = 1 demitasse 10**-1 mate = 1 decimate 10**-2 mentals = 1 centimental 10**-3 ink machines = 1 millink machine 10**-3 on = 1 million 10**-5 dollars = 1 Millicent 10**-6 fish = 1 microfiche 10**-6 scopes = 1 microscope 10**-9 goats = 1 nanogoat 10**-9 Nanettes = 1 nanoNanette 10**-12 boos = 1 picoboo 10**-12 boulevards = 1 pico-boulevard 10**-12 dillies = 1 picodilly 10**-15 fatales = 1 femtofatale 10**-15 bismol = 1 fepto bismol 10**-18 boys = 1 atto boy nano-nano = a prefix designating 10**-18