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Velocity of sheep in a vacuum

  1. Mar 29, 2009 #1

    Evo

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    Rather than resurrect the old thread, I am re-posting. This article always brings tears to my eyes and is such a gem, it would be a shame for new members to miss it.

    Posted in Science, 24th August 2007 15:06 GMT

    Of course, you will need to read the preceding page to get the measurements used. Ok, since many of you will never actualy read the article, here are the measurements.

    The main part is, of course "Velocity of sheep in a vacuum"


    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/vulture_central_standards/
     
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  3. Mar 29, 2009 #2

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    Dang! What's with all this km/sec crap???? Can't we have more understandable units of velocity, like furlongs per fortnight? I hate the metric system.
     
  4. Mar 29, 2009 #3

    Evo

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    :tongue2:
     
  5. Mar 30, 2009 #4

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    Heck this almost made me laugh, but then i remembered how many times i had taken a gnats cock off a shaft to get the correct fit.
    Then there is doctoring, doctoring can be adding/ subtracting material or changing its shape, but you do not have to go to a doctor to get a gnats cock taken off or to get your shaft to fit.
     
  6. Nov 16, 2010 #5

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    Time for a bump.
     
  7. Nov 16, 2010 #6

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    Can we assume the sheep to be spherical and of uniform density? If so, I'll pose an Atwood machine problem post-haste.
     
  8. Nov 16, 2010 #7

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    Wow, being Welsh I should be offended.

    No matter where it is or what the occasion, the moment sheep are brought up the Welsh jokes follow (and vice versa).

    Like I said, should be offended, but I've spent 4 years in England now so it's starting to become part of my daily routine to hear at least one sheep joke.
     
  9. Nov 16, 2010 #8

    Evo

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    awww, sowwy jared. I forgot your were Welsh. At least you have crossed over Offa's Dyke!
     
  10. Nov 16, 2010 #9

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    If it wasn't for Google, I wouldn't have a clue what that was.

    Sadly, I don't think I've ever been that high. All of my crossing's into England occur on the Seven Bridge (new one) and so I don't get high enough to 'cross' it. Perhaps brush past is a better way to put it.

    Interesting from the Wiki article though:
     
  11. Nov 16, 2010 #10

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    No... sometimes the sheep jokes are about Kiwis!

    (I grew up in Wales myself, but living in the US no one knows enough about it to make sheep jokes.)
     
  12. Nov 17, 2010 #11
    and yet we still use derived units like angstroms
     
  13. Nov 17, 2010 #12

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    I have a new proposal.

    1 Pj = 1 mlj = 1μj, that is 1 Polish joke is 1 millilamejoke and 1 microjoke.

    Killer joke would be measured in Mj.
     
  14. Nov 17, 2010 #13
    "And the size of Wales in cubic furlongs?
    This is a tricky one. The political debate behind it is long and uninteresting, so we will skip it...

    ...This means everything below ground (coal) is English, while the Welsh can retain their cherished national symbol, the leek."

    I laughed so much. But I agree, Welsh and sheep jokes, getting tiring....!
     
  15. Nov 17, 2010 #14

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    Surely a killer joke is a kilojoke
     
  16. Nov 17, 2010 #15

    lisab

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    Right, which would make a mega joke a k-kilojoke.
     
  17. Nov 18, 2010 #16
    How many guffaws are there in 1 Pj? and can you convert that to chachinnates? :rolleyes:
     
  18. Nov 18, 2010 #17

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    You can't convert between joke and laugh, just like you can't convert between heat and temperature.

    Basically laugh = joke * humor sense, or laugh = joke / humor resistance (which yields conclusion that humor sense * humor resistance = constant).
     
  19. Nov 18, 2010 #18
    Hi

    It's a question of geography, if you move to Scotland, you will not hear jokes at the expense of the Welsh, as every Scot knows it's Aberdonians who are the most guilty of sheep abuse.

    Best

    Colin
     
  20. Nov 18, 2010 #19

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    That's why the specific humor capacity for a person is measured in megachuckles per/kilojoke.

    The rate at which humor is transferred, or Izzard, is the kilojoke per second. The threshold of pain for a normal person is approximately one kilochuckle per second, so anyone attending a comic routine rated at one Izzard (1.0 Iz) better have a capacity below 1.0 MCh/kJ, or they're in for a rough night.
     
  21. Nov 18, 2010 #20

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    You have to know the history of why the welsh are considered so. It's not simply because people felt like making jokes.
     
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