Featured category: Weights and measures

The measure of a one-in-a-million death, the problem with Australian tablespoons, counting prayers, and why an ounce of gold weighs more than an ounce of feathers.

Gold
Szaaman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Technically, an ounce of gold weighs more than an ounce of feathers.


Skydiving
CT Snow from Hsinchu, Taiwan [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The micromort represents a one-in-a-million chance of dying.


Prayer beads are used by Catholic Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, and Baháʼís – and the number 108 is important for many of them.


Don’t trust an Australian cookbook that measures ingredients with tablespoons.

For more weights and measures trivia, strange timezones, and unorthodox or antique measurements, begin here:

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