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She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated July 02, 2019 This is a list of funny, made-up scientific unit conversions. If you need help with real unit conversions, check out our collection of printable conversion worksheets and examples of worked unit conversion problems. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cakeExplanation: There are 453.6 grams in 1 pound.Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo PiExplanation: Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to diameter, while there is a stereotype that Eskimos dwell in igloos.2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won tonExplanation: A wonton is a type of Chinese dumpling. There are 2000 pounds in 1 ton.Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecondExplanation: Instead of expressing the unit in terms of nanoseconds, it's bananoseconds because a banana caused the fall.1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscopeExplanation: This refers to the popular mouthwash, Scope. The metric prefix "micro" means one millionth.1 million bicycles = 1 megacyclesExplanation: The metric prefix "mega" means 106 or one million.Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigramExplanation: This refers to the American evangelist Billy Graham.Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer = 1 Lite year16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod SerlingExplanation: The rod is a unit of length equal to 16.5 feet. Rod Serling is the American tv producer, screenwriter, and narrator responsible for "The Twilight Zone."Basic unit of laryngitis - 1 hoarsepowerExplanation: One symptom of laryngitis is hoarseness.Shortest distance between two jokes - a straight lineExplanation: To deliver a joke as a straight line means it's a short joke delivered with a straight face (like it's not a joke at all).1 million microphones = 1 megaphone365.25 days = 1 unicycleExplanation: 365.25 days is one year or one cycle of the Earth around the Sun. It's especially clever because unicycle has another meaning. It's a bike with one wheel.Half a large intestine = 1 semicolonExplanation: the large intestine is also called the colon. Since it's only half a colon, it's a semicolon, much like half a circle is a semicircle.2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirdsExplanation: "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a famous novel by author Harper Lee published in 1960. The kilo is the prefix for a thousand. So, 2000 is two kilo.10 cards = 1 decacardExplanation: Deca is the prefix for 10.52 cards = 1 deckacardExplanation. There are 52 cards in a deck of playing cards.1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtzExplanation: There are one million (106) hertz in 1 megahertz. This is a play on words, substituting hurtz (like pain, but with a "z") for hertz.1 millionth of a fish = 1 microficheExplanation: The word "microfiche" is pronounced like micro-fish. The prefix micro means one millionth.2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 I.V. LeagueExplanation: Intravenous tubing is also called IV tubing. Yale is one of the Ivy League school, plus 2.4 statute miles is a length equal to 1 league.1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 fig newtonExplanation: The newton is a unit force, which is mass under acceleration (such as you'd get from falling figs). This play on words refers to the Nabisco cookie, the fig newton.1000 grams of wet socks = 1 literhosenExplanation: Lederhosen are short breeches (not actually socks). There are 1000 grams of water (more or less) in one liter. The liter is a unit of volume used for liquids, so wet socks are literhosen.1 trillion pins = 1 terrapinExplanation: The prefix terra means a trillion.10 rations = 1 decarationExplanation: The prefix deca means 10.100 rations = 1 C-rationExplanation: C is the Roman numeral for 100.2 monograms = 1 diagramExplanation: Mono is the prefix for one, while dia means two.2 new dimes = new paradigmsExplanation: Two dimes is a pair of dimes. A paradigm is a model or pattern. More Science Fun and Humor Looking for more science fun? Check out this collection of molecules with strange names, learn how to make a stink bomb, or trick your friends with disappearing ink.