The Planck length ruler!
Why bother with plain old inches or centimeters, when you can measure things
in a unit based on the fundamental constants of the universe!
I'd like to refer to these tick marks using ginormous metric prefixes, like
how you'd say that the universe is 430 petaseconds (Ps) old. Unfortunately, the
largest metric prefix, yotta (Y), is only 1024, and this ruler shows
much larger aggregates of Planck lengths than this. My only alternative is to
string together two metric prefixes, with the understanding that they'll
multiply together, e.g. kiloyotta would be a thousand yotta, or
1027, and megayotta would be a million yotta or 1030.
So ... the big tick marks on the ruler are gigayottaPlanck-lengths
(GYlP). The little tick marks would be increments of 100
megayottaPlanck-lengths (100 MYlP). For comparison, a football field
is a little over five terayottaPlanck-lengths (TYlP) long.
... Okay, now you're just getting silly.
- The Planck time wall clock and wristwatch!
- Good heavens, the day is 1.068 x 1048 tP old
already? Time for tea.
- The Planck mass bathroom scale!
- Uh oh, I think I had one too many large pizzas. I'm up to 4.585
gigaPlanck-masses. At my height of 113.2 gigayottaPlanck-lengths, that's a
body mass index of 29.8. I'd better cut back on the cheesecake!
- The Planck force bathroom scale!
- Because telling people you're 4.585 x 109 mP just
doesn't have the same zing as telling 'em you weigh 8.09 x
- The Planck temperature thermostat and meat thermometer!
- For homemade crescent rolls, heat oven to 3.17468 x 10-30
- The Planck pressure tire gauge!
- Good! The ol' bicycle tires are pumped up to 8.93 x 10-109
pP. Time for a nice brisk 4.979 x 1038 lP bike
ride before breakfast!
- Planck volume measuring cups and spoons!
- ... add 1.12 x 10101 lP3 sifted
all-purpose flour, 5.6 x 10100 lP3 sugar,
and 1.17 x 1099 lP3 salt.
- The fraction-of-c speedometer!
- Sir, the posted speed limit on California's urban freeways is 96.9
nano-c. If you don't slow down, I shall have to write you a ticket for
being too short and massive!
- The Planck voltage voltage meter!
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