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Math conversions that make sense

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What is the ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter? The answer: Eskimo Pi.

A mathematical conversion refers to the conversion between different units of measurement for the same quantity. For example, 100 kilometers equals 60 miles. Normally, such conversion of units can be difficult and confusing to the beginning mathematics or science student—even sometimes for the more seasoned ones.

However, the following is a very humorous list of mathematical conversions that showed up recently on the following Web site: http://www.2coolfishing.net/.

Enjoy!

1. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton

3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope

4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond

5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong

7. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Sterling

8. Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

9. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

10. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

11. Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line

12. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

13. 1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone

14. 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles

15. 365.25 days = 1 unicycle

16. 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds

17. 52 cards = 1 decacards

18. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton

19. 1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen

20. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

21. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin

22. 10 rations = 1 decoration

23. 100 rations = 1 C-ration

24. 2 monograms = 1 diagram

25. 4 nickels = 2 paradigms

26. 4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital= 1 IV League

27. 100 Senators = Not 1 decision

If you have other humorous mathematical conversions you know of, send them to me at [email protected], and I’ll follow up with a second list.

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