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How many microphones in a megaphone?

Here a diversion for the next time you have to teach scientific notation or the metric system.

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  1. H. | July 28, 2008 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    And why isn’t a microbiologist a tiny, tiny biologist?

    Oof. Sorry.

  2. Mr. K | July 28, 2008 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I was going to reply that a microbiologist isn’t a tiny biologist, it’s just a small part of a normal sized one.

    Then I realized that a microtome must be one page out of a million page publication…

  3. H. | July 28, 2008 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    A friend (theoretical physics grad student, of course!) tried to introduce hella- as a prefix, and found that the smallest power of 10 lacking a name of its own was 1063. A hellaliter would then be approximately the volume of the universe (or something, not sure I remember exactly :)

  4. H. | July 28, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    That was supposed to be 10^63, not 1063.