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Consolidated Measuring Device

Let’s make a consolidated way of measuring everything.
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Ok, we have the Richter scale, the Fujita scale, the hurricane level system, and countless others.

My new invention does away with all of them and combines them into a single, simple measurement. I propose that everything be rated on the Sphincter Scale.

A small device is inserted into the rectum and when confronted with an earthquake, tornado or other disaster, this device would measure the amount of force that the wearer exerts upon the device. With current wireless technology, these devices could feed into a central computer that would correlate all of the data and give an average from all sources. In addition, the epicenter of an earthquake could be found quickly from this data.

Imagine walking up to your friends and saying, “Wow! Did you feel that quake last night? I’ll bet it rated at least an 8 on the sphincter scale!”

Klaatu, Nov 21 2003

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[Klaatu, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       surely individual sphincters are varying in their sensitivity to disasters. how would a butterfly flapping its wings on the other side of the world affect things. gawd its too early for anal problems.
po, Nov 21 2003

       By having a baseline measurement of each individual, the computer would measure the difference in the sphincter pressure and average the results. This would make the differences statisically insignificant.
Klaatu, Nov 21 2003

       What if the butterfly lands on your nose during the earthquake and this makes you sneeze?   

       Would anyone in China care?
Tiger Lily, Nov 21 2003

       If a chinese butterfly loosened it's sphincter in the middle of a forest...
Fishrat, Nov 21 2003

       A rat's ass never cares.
Klaatu, Nov 21 2003

       does any ass care?
po, Nov 21 2003

       oh a rat's ass cares. just no one cares about the rats ass. who gives a rat's ass? that's right, no one! poor caring rat's ass. yup pretty hungover
gradies, Nov 21 2003

       I'm not volunteering for calibration...
RayfordSteele, Nov 21 2003

       since when was that a reason for mfd? where is The Rat, I would like his opinion.
po, Nov 21 2003

       problem is with this device is that some might find a given phenomena less scary than another. It would therefore record different results on the device and lead to less consolidation rather than more.   

       A measurement needs to be independent, repeatable and consistent no matter where it is measured. This device would not give this.
jonthegeologist, Nov 21 2003

       For measuring distances, would you have to drag your butt along the item to be measured?
Cedar Park, Nov 22 2003

       Yeah, and just pray your not measuring linear feet of sand paper or square yards of gravel or acres of nettles!
Besides with some people I know there wouldn't be room for your probe unless we got their heads out of there first!
soundman, Nov 22 2003

       You should try powering it with a fuel cell. Convert methane or sulphur into electricity. Then you wouldn't have to jam any 3.3V button batteries up the...
Epimenides, Dec 02 2003

       Actually, I was thinking along the lines of a 24 volt system. 16 D-Cell batteries, in series, should do the trick nicely.
Klaatu, Dec 03 2003


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