The metric/imperial wranglings on here made me think, there are loads of different units for all sorts of measures but some things have remained unquantified. So what do we not have units for that needs standardising?
I think we need an accepted measure of the suffering or trauma associated with an activity. So for instance running more than 5 marathons in 5 days is pretty silly and afterwards you'll probably say "never again" but as the time goes by and you forget how bad it was eventually it'll start to seem like a good idea again. I'm proposing the "Darwin Month", so an activity that you can't even think about doing for 3 years afterwards is a 36 Darwin Month activity.
We don't seem to have any way of measuring personal stench which makes it difficult to write into office policies. If I could say "Dennis, it is unacceptable for you to turn up with a stench factor of 7.3* when you know company policy limits you to no more than 5".
*not got a good name for the units yet, maybe the Clegg or the Cowell?
The Register have just provided real world examples for existing quantities so they've got units for length (Linguine), area (Wales), vloume (Bulgarian airbag) etc. but they don't have units for other things.
In reply to jkarran: Squiffiness... very hard to quantify. Given the application any scale should obviously be very simple to apply.
At a pub while studing at university we came up with a measurement scale which worked on distortion of the persons perceptions of attractiveness. So for instance if a person would normally rate a person as "5/10" but when asked they said "8/10" this 3 point shift indicated the person was chemically impaired. Obviously this is open to a certain degree of bias but seems to work.
So on your scale no shift is fine, +2 points is wouldn't operate a crane >4 is sleeping it off.
I was really impressed with the concept of the Millihelen.
It's based on Homer's Illiad in which Helen, Greek Queen of incredible beauty, was kidnapped by the Trojans, kicking off a ten year war as the Greeks sent a 1000 strong navy over to Troy to get her back again. Thus it was that Helen became "the face that launched a thousand ships".
On this basis, the Millihelen is a unit of beauty, with 1 millihelen being sufficient to launch one ship.
In reply to freerangecat:
My system covers type 2 and beyond...
Type 2 fun: Oh how we laughed about it
Type 2.5 fun: Oh how we laughed about it with the aid of medication.
Type 3 fun: Oh how other people will laugh at the wake when this is described.
A friend of mine became notorious for the amount of time he'd spend faffing around before climbing. We came up with the "Taylor Ratio" in his honour, which is the amount of time faffing around compared to the amount of time actually participating in a sport. If you include packing up, travelling, finding the crag and route, having a pint etc it isn't too hard to achieve a Taylor Ratio of 5:1 for a short day's trad climbing. Cricket had quite a high ratio too.
In reply to Turdus torquatus:
I like it, a friend once calculated that he drove the equivalent of the height of Everest for each meter of climbing he did over the course of a year. Maybe this sort of thing could be accounted for as part of a faffing index?
A climbing partner of mine has a habit of extremem inadvertent campness. (Running shorts with buttoned up polo shirt tucked in, socks up to knees etc). To describe him adequately we decided on measuring his campness in 'Freddies' where 1 Freddy was absolute campness. 0.9 Freddies is the bst I've seen in a scenario that didn't involve moustaches and housework.
> Pain could be measured in 'waxings' or 'KIB's (kick in the b@lls).
> Stubbed toe: 0.1 wax = 0.? KIBs
> Child birth: 2 KIBs ? (guessing here, as I have fortunately experienced neither. Hmm, haven't experienced a waxing either!)
A KIB is worth 2 or 3 Child births at least & here is why.
A few years after child is born a mother will often say "Lets have another child"
You will never ever hear a man say "you know what I fancy another KIB"
In reply to mkean: I've measured climbs in pints before, the number of pints I'd need to drink for the horror to fade so I could start my retrospective enjoyment. So after gibbering my way to the top I'd say "that's a two pinter"
How about a LAV? (Light Annoyance Value). As in how annoying do you find the rear lights of certain VW (and other makes) cars that have LED lamps that flicker?
Old fashioned lamps have a certain amount of thermal/phosphorescence inertia, but some LED lamps can be really distracting/annoying.
Some people don’t see the flicker/shimmer at all, but others do (a non scientific survey done by me, seems to indicate that those who play computer games are the most sensitive to this phenomena).
OK, I have to admit a professional interest in this subject as I have been testing dimmable LED lamps recently and there is no official specification of the subject.