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Nerds Share The Weirdest Types Of Measurements You've Probably Never Heard Of
Nerds Share The Weirdest Types Of Measurements You've Probably Never Heard Of

Whether it's the English system of pounds, ounces, and inches or the metric system of kilograms, milliliters, and centimeters there are standard units of measure most of us know. But standard measurements were developed based on needs. Every profession and industry developed tools specific to their tasks and products.

Reddit user the_real_coinboy66 asked people to share these rarer weights and measures, asking "What's an obscure unit of measurement and how is it used?"

How many of these do you know?

Stones and Pebbles
Stones and Pebbles

I'm sure this has already been mentioned, but it's pretty funny that in the UK we use Stones to measure weight.

My wife, who is from the US, was particularly confused when she first heard this. She asked me what the excess stones were called (if, for example, you weighed 12.6 stones) and I said pebbles. It was obviously a joke, and I forgot I had even said it.

Months later I find out she's been telling a bunch people that in the UK we measure things in stones and pebbles like primitive medieval folk.

As an American, I still have no idea how much a stone is. But any time some one uses it, I immediately picture them as a gigantic burly Scottish man in a kilt

Space Horses
Space Horses

We understand it today, but horsepower is a pretty goofy method of quantifying work over time.

The Saturn V rocket had 111,744,000 horsepower in stage 1. source. Counting the power of rocket to go to the moon in horsepower just feels odd.

How Bright
How Bright

I've also found (modern use of horsepower) odd. Similar to still using candles as a unit of luminous intensity,

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