List Rules Vote up the weirdest and most strange units of measurements people have actually used.
Have you ever measured something using a household item when you're lacking a ruler or measuring tape? Maybe you needed to measure the size of your dinner table and you used your hand. Or you needed to know the size of your bookshelf and you measured it in "Apple TV remotes." Well,at least one of those funny measurements is actually real, despite sounding made up by you on a Saturday afternoon. To find out which is which check out this list of the weirdest (but real) units of measurement below.
This list of funny, strange, and weird units of measurement is both crazy and sometimes confusing. Who would think to use animals like cows, oxen, and sheep to measure something? How about using concert halls, sports arenas, and harbors as a super easy way to measure. Sounds pretty convenient! Or, what about using the time it takes a beard to grow as a way to measure time! These all may sound absurd and totally made up but rest assured these are all real units of measurement that some very strange or too smart for their own good humans use daily (or made use of back in the good old days of donkey power).
Take a look at this weird list of real units to measure and vote for which one you think is the coolest or funniest. If you happen to use any of these regularly please let us know in the comments!
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Equal to the length an average beard grows in one second (~10 nanometers).
Banana Equivalent Dose
The additional dose of radiation a person will absorb from eating one banana (because of decaying potassium).
Unit of volume for dry measure, equal to 108 Imperial gallons.
Equal to 4 bits of information or data.
Equal to the duration of one tick of the system timer interrupt in a computer (about 0.01 seconds).
Equal to 4 inches.
Equal to the length of a housefly's penis.
Ton of Refrigeration
Equal to the amount of energy removed by melting one ton of ice over 24 hours (12,000 BTU/h or 3.517 kW).
Equal to 3.5 inches in diameter (used by marine biologists to measure corals and other ocean stuff).
Equal to around 10^−5 meters.
Mother Cow Index
Measures the number of pregnant cows an acre of land could support.
About 1/3 of horsepower.
Unit of volume or weight formerly used in Wales, equal to 2.5 bushels.
Once used as a traditional South Asian unit of mass, equal to 227 kilograms.
Equal to one hour of continuous traffic per voice path.
Equal to 10^-28 square meters (about the cross-sectional area of a uranium nucleus).
Old measure of volume from 13th century England, equal to ~140 liters.
Equal to 1.273 cubic feet or 2,200 cubic inches.
Equal to 10 nanoseconds.
Equal to the amount of land that could produce enough grass to support a cow.