Week of November 6 – Units of measurement

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Furlong – 660 feet

Fortnight – 14 days

Pinch – To add a pinch of something as a cooking ingredient. Use your thumb, index finger and middle finger to grab the spice.

The length of an American football field  is 100 yd (91 m). If the end zones are included, it is 120 yd (110 m), but 100 yards is used informally as a unit, to allow easier conversion from formal measurement in feet or yards. It describes the size of a large building or a park, a distance which is not too short, but which one can walk over.

A city block (in most US cities) is between 1/16 and 1/8 mi (100 and 200 m).

The stere is equal to a cubic metre or kilolitre. It is used for firewood, the measure being for the normal stack (including holes).

The weight of an elephant, sometimes more specifically “the weight of an African bull elephant” (about 6 tons), is sometimes used by paleontologists as a unit of weight when describing the weight of large dinosaurs  or other extinct creatures.

Jiffy:  In computing the jiffy is the duration of one tick of the system timer interrupt.  Typically, this time is 0.01 seconds.

Dog Year:  A unit of measurement equal to one seventh of a year, or approximately 52 days, is primarily used to approximate the equivalent age of dogs and other animals with similar life spans.


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