NON-STANDARD MEASUREMENT UNITS

Kandinskyesque

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For as long as I can remember, newspapers in the UK have used unusual measurement units.

Expensive liquids are measured in malt whisky, for example printer ink 100 times more expensive than malt whiskey.

Areas have two units of measurements, football(soccer) pitches...

1.5-1.7 acres = 1 football pitches (alternatively 16 tennis courts)
1 oil tanker= 3.5 football pitches.

...and Wales.

1 UK = 10 Wales
1 Bulgaria = 5.25 Wales
1 Alabama = 6.5 Wales

I'm aware in the US, certain objects are measured in Empire State buildings but what other non-standard units of measurement are used throughout the world?
 

StoneH

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I picked up "skosh" when I lived in Okinawa . . . short for "sukoshi" meaning "a little bit". "Would you like a refill?" - - "Just a skosh".

Two fingers of whisky . . . Also two fingers of whisky . . .

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In the US we use football fields (of the American football type, of course.) Aircraft carriers, convention centers and warehouses are always communicated in this unit. ("Chicago's McCormick Place is the size of 45 football fields.")
 




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