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    lid

    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    So how much is a "lid?" Is it a measure of volume or weight?
    Less than on oz (ounce) of reefer.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tom R View post
    Less than on oz (ounce) of reefer.
    Thanks! Now I can use "lid" in my day-to-day life; for example, "Can I have twelve lids of ground beef?"

    I like measurements that are just plain numbers, where you have to be in the know to understand their true meaning, such as a #4 roofing nail, #10 copper wire, or #2 pencil. Sometimes, a higher number denotes a larger item, sometimes it denotes a smaller item.
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    #10

    In Vietnam if a guy was bad he was a "Beacoup numbah 10 GI" if he was ok he was "Numbah 1."
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    peach, orange, grapefruit, melon
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    peach, orange, grapefruit, melon
    aka B,C,D, and E (or higher!) (I'm actually not real sure if those correspond that accurately)

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    aka B,C,D, and E (or higher!) (I'm actually not real sure if those correspond that accurately)
    I'm not sure either but it's probably more accurate than mouthful, handful or more than mouthful measures.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    I'm not sure either but it's probably more accurate than mouthful, handful or more than mouthful measures.
    This reminds me of a thread back in the Starring_Emma & Jewish_Becca day(s)
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    Quote Originally posted by Queen B View post
    Sweetheart, they still measure crops in bushels.
    Whenever I hear the farm commodity market report, I always end up saying 'What's a bushel?'. I have no idea what quantity that is (how much volume, mass or what?).

    I also consider 'miles', 'feet', 'yards', 'pounds', 'inches', 'gallons', 'acres', 'ounces', etc to be somewhat strange (preferring metric units).

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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    This reminds me of a thread back in the Starring_Emma & Jewish_Becca day(s)
    Oh memories....


    You know bushel and a peck. Old English style of measure.
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    I like to tell people I weigh about 15 stone when they ask. I always like "hands" (which they still use for horses) as a unit of measure, along with the cubit (approximate distance from elbow to tip of finger).

    I always wondered how much a "dollop" was, as in a "dollop of whipped cream".
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    I always wondered how much a "dollop" was, as in a "dollop of whipped cream".
    I believe a dollop of whipped cream is less than a rasher of bacon.

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    I always wondered how much a "dollop" was, as in a "dollop of whipped cream".
    AIB by the advertising slogan

    How much is a "dab" as in
    Bryl-creem, a little dab'll do ya,
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
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    Mercury is traded by the flask, the equivalent of a Spanish quintal, or 76 pounds.

    I don't think anyone mentioned the Scoville scale yet.

    How about a parking space? "Oh, it's about the size of ten parking spaces."
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Or football fields...

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    "tad" as in "You need to move that thing just a tad to the left."

    "C*nt hair" or "c.h." Crude unit of measure for a small amount. You missed it by a c.h.
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    measures

    Our tax map department occasionally comes across a "perch" or a "rod" for lot or ROW measures.

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    Around these southern parts I hear measurements of produce - like a mess of greens
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post

    How about a parking space? "Oh, it's about the size of ten parking spaces."
    I actually do this a lot for the general public. Everybody has a good sense of how long a row of ten parking stalls "feels".

    I measure time for my kids in songs on the radio. "We'll probably be there in about 4 songs."
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    What about "S**tload?
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    I once made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. Just how far is a parsec?
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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    I once made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. Just how far is a parsec?
    About 19 trillion miles, or 3.26 light years.
    Off-topic:
    [nerd]Hyperdrive speed classifications in the Star Wars universe really is a measure of accuracy/speed of navigation systems, not actual speed. The Millenium Falcon had a very fast (and very illegal) navigation system for a non-military vessel. Most military vessels in Star Wars had Class 1 or Class 2 systems, and civillian vessels generally had Class 3+. Solo and Chewbacca had what would be an equivalent of a Class 0.5.[/nerd]
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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    I once made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. Just how far is a parsec?
    It doesn't matter. She's fast enough for you Old Man.
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    I'm glad some people got that.
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    I was about to respond when I remembered that I had already responded. See POST 25, on this thread.



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