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(CBC)   Canada, unable to decide on inches or centimeters, says screw it and goes with hummingbirds   (cbc.ca) divider line 55
    More: Interesting, North American, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Kirk Johnson, Simon Fraser University  
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2011-05-09 06:01:42 AM
about 2 hummingbirds
 
2011-05-09 06:55:16 AM
How did that conversation go?

"Hand me the tape measure"
"I don't have a tape measure, but I have this hummingbird"
"Fine then, hand me that".
 
2011-05-09 08:00:35 AM
centimeter is to meter as inch is to foot as hummingbird is to baby seal
 
2011-05-09 08:06:10 AM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: centimeter is to meter as inch is to foot as hummingbird is to baby seal


as my real life "length" is to my online life "length"
 
2011-05-09 10:09:50 AM
Is that a European Hummingbird or an African Hummingbird?
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2011-05-09 12:06:53 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: centimeter is to meter as inch is to foot as hummingbird is to baby seal


Not really. There are 5 hummingbirds to a metric beaver, which everyone knows is the official measurement of America's Hat™. There are 6.237 metric beavers to a baby seal.

Car fuel efficiency in America's Hat™ averages 57.3 kilobeavers to the two-four.
 
2011-05-09 01:01:35 PM
That's not even one Danzig.
 
2011-05-09 01:02:36 PM
*sigh* The first sign of a Harper majority and it's only gonna get worse.
 
2011-05-09 01:03:46 PM
How many Rhode Islands is that?
 
2011-05-09 01:05:04 PM
I use the Bristol Stool Scale for measuring things sometimes.

Link
 
2011-05-09 01:06:46 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Is that a European Hummingbird or an African Hummingbird?


That Hummingbird is no more!
 
2011-05-09 01:07:04 PM
Forget cloning dinosaurs. If you truely want to bring my nightmares to reality, clone one of those mother-farkers.
 
2011-05-09 01:07:18 PM
That find was in Wyoming. Wyoming is part of the excited states not Canada.
 
2011-05-09 01:07:54 PM
How convenient--I was just looking for a way to measure the marigolds.
 
2011-05-09 01:08:33 PM
So... they just had a dead hummingbird lying around?
 
2011-05-09 01:08:52 PM

jbc: IamKaiserSoze!!!: centimeter is to meter as inch is to foot as hummingbird is to baby seal

Not really. There are 5 hummingbirds to a metric beaver, which everyone knows is the official measurement of America's Hat™. There are 6.237 metric beavers to a baby seal.

Car fuel efficiency in America's Hat™ averages 57.3 kilobeavers to the two-four.


I haven't been this confused since I went to Home Outfitters and noticed that they had several different sizes of breadboxes.
 
2011-05-09 01:10:02 PM
I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.
 
2011-05-09 01:13:27 PM

jbc: IamKaiserSoze!!!: centimeter is to meter as inch is to foot as hummingbird is to baby seal

Not really. There are 5 hummingbirds to a metric beaver, which everyone knows is the official measurement of America's Hat™. There are 6.237 metric beavers to a baby seal.

Car fuel efficiency in America's Hat™ averages 57.3 kilobeavers to the two-four.


2 beavers are better than one

/friendship weighs a metric ton in Canada
 
2011-05-09 01:13:36 PM
That's so going to be my new unit of measurement.

See that guy? What do you think? Two, or three hummingbirds?
(Looking closer)
Ah, definitely three hummingbirds.
 
2011-05-09 01:16:49 PM
I am so glad that ants the size of birds have been dead for millions of years.
 
2011-05-09 01:18:51 PM
This thread is going to get 12 Hummingbirds worth of posts, or about 43 Butterflys.

or to the Yankeedoodles, about 23.14 Bud Lights or 3 Nascar tires.
 
2011-05-09 01:20:04 PM
Well, at least it wasn't the size of an ENTIRE STATE*

*Rhode Island
 
2011-05-09 01:22:32 PM

Porous Horace: *sigh* The first sign of a Harper majority and it's only gonna get worse.



derp
 
2011-05-09 01:23:35 PM

Fedor: This thread is going to get 12 Hummingbirds worth of posts, or about 43 Butterflys.

or to the Yankeedoodles, about 23.14 Bud Lights or 3 Nascar tires.


I'm so baffled here. Can you just give it to me in Timbits?
 
2011-05-09 01:24:42 PM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: How convenient--I was just looking for a way to measure the marigolds.


You and your arithmetic.
 
2011-05-09 01:27:39 PM
FTA: "Similarly, he said, recent reports of dragonflies in northern Canada, where they haven't been seen before, suggests that insects can expand their ranges in response to climate change in a very short amount of time."

Nothing is happening. You can't prove anything is happening. It's not our fault. We can't do anything about it. God is punishing you for your sins.
 
2011-05-09 01:28:15 PM
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Prehistoric ants: you give them 2.54 cintimeters, they'll take 1,609.34 meters every time.
 
2011-05-09 01:29:36 PM
centimeters centimeters

Wouldn't want the EU to have an excuse for stopping me from attending the 2012 Olympics...
 
2011-05-09 01:29:58 PM
They might be gi-ants.
 
2011-05-09 01:32:04 PM
I WAS TOLD THERE WOULD BE NO MATH.
 
2011-05-09 01:36:26 PM
In twenty years they will find that bird's fossil remains in a drawer somewhere and proclaim that humingbirds have not evolved at all. Amazing!
 
2011-05-09 01:39:36 PM
How many Smoots?
 
2011-05-09 01:45:53 PM
Grandpa used to describe the size of everything in terms of a calf. For instance, if he was describing a large dog, he would say it was "about as big as a calf." Or about a car, he would say it "could seat four calves comfortably." (Oh, that was another thing: how many calves could ride in something.)
One time he was talking about a calf he had, and I asked him how big it was. He said it was "about three-quarters of a calf."
Sometimes Grandpa would tell time by calves. If you asked him how long something would take, he'd say, "about as long as it takes a calf to drive over here."
-Jack Handey
 
2011-05-09 01:59:17 PM
So around 0.00000008219 Rhode Islands?
 
2011-05-09 02:00:03 PM

silentneep: So... they just had a dead hummingbird lying around?


Every Canadian has them tied to their belt by a piece of string, which is the fashion at the time.
 
2011-05-09 02:00:49 PM
Bah, that looks like a turd
 
2011-05-09 02:01:37 PM

Pivot: Porous Horace: *sigh* The first sign of a Harper majority and it's only gonna get worse.


derp


Says the Ontarian.

You may be happy with your Harper majority now but when he replaces healthcare with death panels and eliminates French from all provinces but Quebec, forcing Quebec to separate and drag the rest of the country through a protracted legal battle that'll drain us financially requiring a complete buy-out by China, not to mention cancelling of all free lacrosse and bagpipe seminars and mandating mandatory sweatervest uniforms for school-age kids, in and out of school ... you'll be sorry.

/derpier
 
2011-05-09 02:03:29 PM
Thanks for the nightmare fuel warning, assmitter.

/ Shudder
 
2011-05-09 02:05:37 PM
1 rods per hogshead = 2.10884776 × 10-5 kilometers per litre
 
2011-05-09 02:28:24 PM

Porous Horace: Pivot: Porous Horace: *sigh* The first sign of a Harper majority and it's only gonna get worse.


derp

Says the Ontarian.

You may be happy with your Harper majority now but when he replaces healthcare with death panels and eliminates French from all provinces but Quebec, forcing Quebec to separate and drag the rest of the country through a protracted legal battle that'll drain us financially requiring a complete buy-out by China, not to mention cancelling of all free lacrosse and bagpipe seminars and mandating mandatory sweatervest uniforms for school-age kids, in and out of school ... you'll be sorry.

/derpier


Well I think mandatory sweatervest uniforms are long overdue!
 
2011-05-09 03:38:38 PM
What is this? I don't even .....

Did the scientists say " damn forgot my ruler, go kill something to show the comparative size "

Or the more likely they spent time grabbing various small animals putting then next to the fossilized ant saying "Dude that ant would totally do in that squirrel" and we can expect a manga of ants battling anthropomorphic forest creatures that are saved in the end by giant flying robots
 
2011-05-09 03:49:26 PM
Gimme five hummingbirds for a quarter, you'd say. Now where was I...

www.nytmare.org
 
2011-05-09 03:56:52 PM
Wait, I thought we were supposed to measure things relative to football fields. When did this change?
 
2011-05-09 04:50:34 PM
farm2.static.flickr.com
 
2011-05-09 04:51:37 PM

Pivot: Porous Horace: Pivot: Porous Horace: *sigh* The first sign of a Harper majority and it's only gonna get worse.


derp

Says the Ontarian.

You may be happy with your Harper majority now but when he replaces healthcare with death panels and eliminates French from all provinces but Quebec, forcing Quebec to separate and drag the rest of the country through a protracted legal battle that'll drain us financially requiring a complete buy-out by China, not to mention cancelling of all free lacrosse and bagpipe seminars and mandating mandatory sweatervest uniforms for school-age kids, in and out of school ... you'll be sorry.

/derpier

Well I think mandatory sweatervest uniforms are long overdue!


And a kitten in every pot?
 
2011-05-09 05:27:29 PM
I'd prefer tits for measurement.
 
2011-05-09 05:29:46 PM
A closer examination of climate patterns in the Arctic shows that there were brief periods of global warming during the Early Eocene when the climate may have reached tropical temperatures.

Oh noes they had global warming! All those cars and industry... wait, they didn't have any of that?

Well oh noes, all the wildlife must have died off... wait, it actually made it better for the little critters?

Damn, now I'm confused.
 
2011-05-09 06:24:08 PM

traylor: I'd prefer tits for measurement.


Unfortunately, with honkers, there is definite length expansion in the cold. At least on one end.
 
2011-05-09 06:36:20 PM

Resolute: And a kitten in every pot?


Every other pot, we should all cut down on meat
 
2011-05-09 07:00:20 PM
I say we measure everything in Smoots from now on.
 
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