Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Odd units

Small and silly, I know, but a recent slashdot poll amused me.


  • What percentage of the circumference of Terra are you right now from where you were born?
Right now, according to GMaps, I am about 1291 miles as the crow flies (1476 miles by road) from my birthplace of the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Terra's circumference is 24901 miles (at the equator), making my present distance in Haverford a bit over 5%.

I hereby dub that unit the Prefect, in reference to Douglas Adams' idea that in extreme moments of stress, the distance beings are from their homeland potentially gives those nearby a feeling of how distant/vulnerable they are feeling (Ford Prefect likely being the first alien to ever give someone an impression that was very noticable). A prefect will be 1 earth-circumference, a centiPrefect will be 1% of that, or roughly 249 miles.

I am 5.2 centiPrefects from my birthplace.

(This is considerably more concrete and convertable than the standard measure of 80s-ness of something, the milliLauper; as noted, the Lauper itself is too large a unit to practically measure with)


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