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Old 09-15-2018, 10:03 AM   #1951
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That proves it. Powerball is a Chinese ponzi scheme. The Don will tweet about it soon. Mafia types don't like free market competition.
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:44 PM   #1952
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Interactive world map of submarine cables.

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Old 09-19-2018, 11:09 PM   #1953
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:32 AM   #1954
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expanding on that a little, with a sense of scale.

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Old 09-21-2018, 08:26 PM   #1955
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Authors have always used commonly know items to relate the size of something...
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:22 AM   #1956
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Authors have always used commonly know items to relate the size of something...
Wales, London buses and Wembley Stadium are all commonly used by UK media to illustrate size, area, distance etc.
Add in the Isle of Wight and Olympic size swimming pools and you don't really need much else.

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Wales, Belgium and other units of measurement

Jeremy Clarkson was quite right when he dismissed 'the size of Luxembourg' as a meaningless comparison
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A double-decker bus - equal to roughly one third of the length of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

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Jeremy Clarkson had a point – and that's not something you hear me say every day (indeed, any day) – when in a recent Sun column he challenged the scientists (or "eco-ists" as Jezza termed them) who had described a slab of ice that had broken away from Antarctica as "the size of Luxembourg".

"I'm sorry but Luxembourg is meaningless," said Clarkson, pointing out that the standard units of measurement in the UK are double-decker London buses, football pitches and Wales. He could have added the Isle of Wight, Olympic-sized swimming pools and Wembley stadiums to the list.

A Guardian letter writer, commenting on the same story, endorsed the argument: "I would have had some difficulty even if the chunk had been described in terms of the size of Wales. Could you tell us how big it was in football pitches or Olympic swimming pools?"

As Nancy Banks-Smith has noted: "Any plague spot of indeterminate location is always compared to Wales. Wales is not quite sure how to take this."

The comparison crops up regularly – a dozen times in the Guardian and Observer in the last year; more than 70 in other national papers. It is most popular with travel writers, who helpfully inform us, for example, that a particular mangrove swamp in India – reached incidentally by an "iconic bridge" – is "half the size of Wales" (Independent), whereas Botswana is "twice the size of Wales" (Sunday Telegraph).

Perhaps, as with metric and imperial measurements, such comparisons should be given convenient abbreviations: SoWs (size of Wales), SoBs (size of Belgium), OSPs (Olympic swimming pools), DDBs (buses) and so on. Thus the Kruger national park in South Africa measures 1 SoW (Daily Telegraph), as do Lesotho (London Evening Standard) and Israel (Times), whereas Lake Nzerakera in Tanzania is 2 SoBs (Observer).

We would need a currency converter to establish how many OSPs would be filled by the Deepwater oil spill, but I can confirm that the slick is half an SoW (Times).

In G2 last month we revealed: "All the gold that has ever been mined would make a cube [equivalent to] a stack of Routemaster buses four deep, four high and four long" – under my system, that would be rendered much more handily as 4x4x4 DDBs. A Guardian report in March headlined "Isle of Wight-sized asteroid killed dinosaurs, scientists say" led to the following calculation from a reader: "So 1bn Hiroshimas = 1 (Isle of Wight) x 20 (speeding bullets)." He added: "Who needs E=mc2?"

At times the most carefully calibrated calculations can go awry. So we learn that Helmand province in Afghanistan is "four times the size of Wales" (Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2009) only to find a few weeks later that it has apparently shrunk to "the size of Wales" (Daily Telegraph, 29 January 2010).

You may think this is all an Olympic swimming pool-sized storm in a teacup. And it's true that – along with calculations of the "if all the hotdogs served at the Cup final were joined up they would reach Jupiter and back" variety – they are harmless, if meaningless and unhelpful, even for people such as me who have been to Wales (on a double-decker bus) and Belgium.

The style guide advises against using such lazy and cliched units of comparison. Maybe we need alternatives. I suggest "quite big", "big" and "very big".

But why, you may ask, are we never told what the size of Wales actually is? And, for that matter, the size of Belgium? For the record: the size of Wales is 20,779 sq km (8,022 sq miles). The size of Belgium is 30,528 sq km (11,787 sq miles).

To help you visualise it, that's one and a half times the size of Wales.
The Guardian

Posted from the Carruthers man cave which is 0.057 of a tennis court in area.
If you want the volume of the room as a percentage of that of a Routemaster bus, or anything else, I shall need notice.
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:30 AM   #1957
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I have an apple pie recipe which uses a wren's egg as a unit of measure.
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:37 AM   #1958
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Our "size of Wales" equivalent is "the size of Delaware."
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:30 AM   #1959
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Double Decker Bus(UK)
Length 18.65 meters (61ft 2in)
Width 2.9 meters (9ft 6in)
Height 4.95 meters (16ft 3in)
Mass 80,000 kilograms (176,370 lbs)

Olympic Swimming Pool
Length 50 meters (164ft)
Width 25 meters (82ft)
Depth (min) 2 meters (6.56ft)
Volume 2,500,000 liters (660,000 US gallons) at 2 meter depth

Wembley Stadium
Circumference = 1 km (0.62 miles)
Roof = 11 acres
Volume = 4,000,000 cu meters (141,258,667 cu ft or 1,056,688,209 US gallons)

Carolina Wren’s Egg
Avg Egg Size = 19.1mm x 14.5mm (0.75 in x 0.59 in)
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:36 AM   #1960
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And 1 Wales = 4.04 Delawares.

(8005 sq mi/1981 sq mi)
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:47 PM   #1961
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What's the most circulated US dollar bill?
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Old 09-27-2018, 07:26 AM   #1962
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Looking at the C notes, quite a black market we've developed.
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Old 09-29-2018, 07:36 PM   #1963
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Ever wonder what that truck you're following at 70mph is carrying?
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:30 PM   #1964
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The number of people bicycling to work has dropped. The price of gas may be a big factor.

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I think to type of people likely to ride to work are the type to buy electric cars and to want to work from home also.

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Old 10-01-2018, 07:24 AM   #1965
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Plus the drivers with cellphones who enjoy killing cyclists.
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