“What?”, you say incredulously, doubting my sanity. But yes, I suggest we adopt a new measurement system.
Based on the iPod
Yes, I know, what I am saying is silly, perhaps even foolhardy. But take a look at history, as J J O’Connor and E F Robertson see it:
The earliest weights seem to have been based on the objects being weighed, for example seeds and beans. Ancient measurement of length was based on the human body, for example the length of a foot, the length of a stride, the span of a hand, and the breadth of a thumb. There were unbelievably many different measurement systems developed in early times, most of them only being used in a small locality. One which gained a certain universal nature was that of the Egyptian cubit developed around 3000 BC. Based on the human body, it was taken to be the length of an arm from the elbow to the extended fingertips. Since different people have different lengths of arm, the Egyptians developed a standard royal cubit which was preserved in the form of a black granite rod against which everyone could standardise their own measuring rods.
Why not use the iPod as a universal form of measurement, since someone is more likely to have an iPod with them than a ruler? Not only that, but an iPod conveys length, depth, and width in one quick glance.
We could even return to the days of the Egyptians, where we make a special trip to visit the granite iPod, and receive a blessing from Pharaoh Jobs. There we would make sure our iPod was up to date with the current size standard.
Since we would be starting out with a totally new measurement system, we could unify all measurement systems! Forget units of mass or weight – specify how many iPod Click Wheels it would equal. Or take length. Is it a foot? A meter? Or 5.5 iPod mini’s? Certainly the last measurement makes the most sense. But don’t take my word for it – check out Engadget or Gizmodo. Quite often they’ll have an iPod on top of the latest gadget, for easy size comparison. Soon enough, there will be an official iPod size rating, sort of like the insane Dell laptop-milk gallon comparison used to convey how much their laptops weighed.