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Re: [OT] Imperial measures

On 2011-10-06, Dave Sherohman <dave@sherohman.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 at 02:54:42PM +0000, Curt wrote:
>> A liter of water weighs a kilo and is one meter long (at sea level).
> A liter of water can be any length you want[1] (at any altitude), depending
> on its cross-section.

Yes, this was a lame attempt at humor on my part (you snipped my pun).  
> [1] Well, OK, there is an upper limit, depending on how close you
> require the molecules to be in order to still be considered a contiguous

Close enough to be weighed together on my kitchen scale.

> liter of water.  If we require them to be separated by a maximum
> distance of 2.75 angstroms (the diameter of a water molecule, according
> to a quick google search), that gives a maximum length of 1.656 x 10e14
> meters, or roughly 28 times Pluto's mean orbital radius.

That's one hell of a long (last) straw.

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