February 13, 2006

Awesome Bible fact of the day

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 13, 2006 11:04 PM

Via a comment at Crooked Timber, I learn that the Bible uses a unit of weight called the "homer", which, literally translated, means: "an ass-load". No, seriously:

The word homer comes from a Hebrew word which means 'ass-load'. It may have been the amount that donkey could carry. The quail which fell in the wilderness were measured using the homer. The Homer or Cor contained 10 ephahs. Ezekiel 45:11,14 That would make it equal to about 6 bushels.

So how many homers are there in a metric fuck-ton?

Tags: Randomness, Science, The Bible
Comments

This is excellent!

(When did you stop using English fuck-tons?)

Posted by: Mason | February 13, 2006 11:28 PM

Homer means "ass-load" in Hebrew? Man. They really must not have cared for the Iliad.

Posted by: JSpur | February 14, 2006 4:27 AM

Alright, I'm working from the only hard-and-fast definition of a "metric fuck ton" that I've ever heard--1/3rd the mass of the water in all of the Earth's oceans. A quick Google search shows no support for this, but who cares?

1/3 * 1.4e21kg * 1 liter/1 kg * 1 imperial bushel/36.4 liters * 1 homer / 6 bushels = 2.1e18 homers

That's a lot of homers.

Posted by: Lemming | February 14, 2006 9:50 AM

D'oh!

Posted by: Mason | February 14, 2006 10:48 AM

A metric fuck ton is the amount of beer homer (simpson) drinks in a year

Posted by: shellock | February 14, 2006 2:27 PM
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