I find the DC Rainmaker reviews informative and worthwhile, but how can I now take him seriously after such a breach :-(
A new potential contribution to the world's sole source of approved units of measure has emerged – the Haribo gummy bear. The Register's Standards Bureau has been forwarded a curious YouTube video in which the use of gelatinous ursine miniatures as a metric is featured and frankly we're not sure what to make of this. YouTube …
DCRainmaker is like the David Attenborough of reviews. If he states that a camera measures 2 gummy bears then I know that that camera measures 2 gummy bears.
Gummy bears also have the advantage that they can be bought in places where other measuring devices can't be found. And they also act as a lovely introduction for the very young into the world of metrics.
Spot on. Anyway, it can't be soccer; I'm pretty sure they play on pitches, not fields. And they vary in length from 90 to 120m. While the American version is played on a field of standard length, it's arguable whether it's football; they seem to mostly run with and throw the pill and it's not really ball shaped.
I find 'olympic sized swimming pools' even worse. I don't need to be reminded that I'm not one of the elite media or architects who has one of these in their mansion.
Still, in our ever shrinking world, perhaps adding a shorter measure might make sense. What is the width of ERII's thumb?
The old international pool was demolished in 2009, but the Leeds aquatic centre is the proper size. The Dutch and Chinese swimming teams apparently trained there in the run up to the London games.
Not sure Leeds would be daft enough to bid for the money pit that is the Olympics though.
>Not sure Leeds would be daft enough to bid for the money pit that is the Olympics though
But if wer run in Yorksha it mek a profit.
No fancy stadium, just run to the other end of the carpark, cross-country is the wasteground next to school
Marathon would be around the ring road, not closed to traffic to give you a bit of a boost
Rowing in the Canal
Football fields are funny. You put two school bags on the ground a few meters apart at one end of a space. There's a goal. At the other end, you put down two more bags, and that is the other. In between is the football field. Size, for a lack of a better word, does not matter in this context.
Olympic sized pools are different, you do not mark them on an empty piece of land, they are more standardised in a way. When your parents send you off to swim three days a week after school, and they make you do lengths hours at a time, it will be engrained pretty fast that it is fifty metres long. Yes, it is more then two metres deep, but hey, you can swim, so that matters not. How wide, well, I have no clue. Eight lanes wide, but then no idea how wide is a lane...
So an Olympic pool (Remember, the original Olympics had no swimming) is exactly fifty metres long, over two metres deep and precisely eight lanes accross.
Olympic size swimming pools used to be eight lanes across until swimmers in the outer lanes (rightfully) complained they suffered more from waves returning from the sides. New Olympic sized swimming pools are now ten lanes wide and to keep the counting of the traditional eight as it was, the new lanes are numbered zero and nine.
Well, assuming we're talking about a British soccer field (anything else is likely to be just a wannabee imitation), which according to Wiki can be between 90m and 120m long to meet the regs, so let's say 100m, and the length of a gummy bear (source Wiki again) is around 2cm, give or take a suck or two, this means a football field will be approx 5,000 gummy bears in length.
Nice round number. Much tastier than"The Size of Wales".
No gummy bears were harmed during the completion of this calculation.
Afterwards though - Mmmmmmmm......chomp.....
Not being into sports at all, I find that football* field is not really a tangible unit.
If you were to mention it to me, all I can think of is PE lessons at school running back and forth trying to chase the ball in a muddy field in the middle of winter wearing shorts.... so as far as I'm concerned TOO BLOODY BIG! And if the weather was too bad, we had to go cross country running over heathland which we were told to avoid due to poisonous (vemonous?) snakes.
* Limey, so talking soccer fields
The standard football field is in fact nothing like standard enough to be used as a comparative dimension.
It's width can vary from between 45 and 90 metres and its length between 90 and 120 metres, and still be classed as a FIFA standard pitch.
The variance is so huge, that a trajectory to Mars measured in Turf Moor pitches and accomplished in Memorial Ground pitches would be at least several thousnad Main Road pitches short of reaching its destination.
Thank God we have inches and centimetres, and NASA engineers capable of mashing them both together, as it would be a shame to blame FIFA for every space disaster.
No. Square pitches are explicitly not allowed in the laws of the game. Pitches are also different sizes for different age groups, but the aspect ratio has to be maintained regardless of size.
Edibility is a flaw. Many many years ago I was buying some Jelly Babies in a store where you measure them yourself into the scales. I got to something like 105g, so picked one up to put back to get to 100g, and automatically popped it in my mouth.
So I picked another one to put back, and automatically popped it in my mouth.
It took a strong effort of will to remove a jelly baby from the scales and put it back in the hopper.
Downvoted - only because the length of the chocolate bar is not constant. Over the years, confectionary has shrunk, also you could be refering to funsize, standard or the dual pack of Mars bars???
Edited to add - oh, sod it, someone already posted something similar. My point still stands though!
The BBC article has a graphic that shows the length of the carrier as 300m.
That according to the standards converter is 13.64 brontosauruses (2142 linguine).
The Devon Fatberg gives the nearest numerical reg unit value of 4.65
Just wondering if there was a mixup in the original article with 2100 linguine being transcribed incorrectly and assigned to brontosaurus.
The original article introducing the Brontosaurus as a unit of measurement was flat-out wrong, and we fixed the converter in 2017-04-28.
It used to be 987.751 linguine to a brontosaurus, but it's really only 157 linguine long, or 2.3842 double-decker buses long, or about 11 Osmans.
Or even the Osman, inducted into the Reg Standards Converter last year and named after the tallest human being ever filmed by a BBC camera.
I know at least two former international rugby players who would dispute the last part of that statement.
Martin Bayfield features regularly and is 6' 10", Richard Metcalfe (aka TooTall) was around 7' and would have been filmed playing for Scotland. I once stood next to the former in a bar, he was stooping and I still got a crick in my neck talking to him.
>> Or even the Osman, inducted into the Reg Standards Converter last year and named after the tallest human being ever filmed by a BBC camera.
> I know at least two former international rugby players who would dispute the last part of that statement.
Yes, but that would be Pointless.
As anyone knows, you can measure length end to end, and then remove all but the first and last and still maintain the limits of your measurement. I'd advise against the 3-bear bunny hop measurement technique though as it only takes one mouthward hop to render the task incompletable.
Regardless of edibility, the gummy bear is a useless unit of measurement as it is flexible so can be stretched or squashed to falsify measurements. The (uncooked) linguine has the proper attribute of not being variable in length, although as with the gummy bear a brand, country and possibly date of manufacture need to be included in the standard, as it has been pointed out that these may change the exact size. Luckily within normal (human bearable) temperature variations the Linguine is pretty stable.
Is there a "standard" Linguine stored in stable conditions somewhere in the vaults deep below Reg central ?
Is there a "standard" Linguine stored in stable conditions somewhere in the vaults deep below Reg central ?This is El'Reg... of course it is. It's stored in a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard'. Do not look at what is at the bottom of this cabinet.
As a physicist, I am well versed in the FFF (Furlong, Firkin, Fortnight) system
A good unit if pressure is megapascals per barn (the unit of atomic cross-section). This is excellent as an example of a units system where the answer to any question is "not many". This makes for vastly simplified calculations.
And where, pray, is the Smoot? After all, this is not only a universal standard, but also has a fully-maintained reference in Boston.