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Unit of Immeasurability

How much can't it be measured?
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Shouldn't there be a way to answer those questions that start with "How much..." but have no possible answer?

Example: "How much do you love me?" (Just in time for Valentine's Day).
I usually answer something non-clever like "A quart," but my cynacism seems a bit out of place there.

I want UNITS, damn it!

Now I can say, "I love you 27 ums" or, to another question, perhaps I could say "I'll be done 12 ums from now"

Uh-oh, I see a problem here...

username, Feb 06 2004

Google Math http://www.google.c...ogy/pigeonrank.html
[theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004]

Gogol's Nose Is Missing http://news.bbc.co....ainment/2291483.stm
[theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004]

That didn't take long, did it? http://whatis.techt...9_gci822188,00.html
[theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004]


       This is baked. There's an obscure branch of mathematics, called the Theory of Infinitesimability.   

       In this theory, you routinely use operators such as infinity/google, infinity/trillion infinity/billion etc.
theircompetitor, Feb 06 2004

       measure it in lengths of string.   

       you just reminded me, my kids used to tell me they loved me in numbers i.e. I love you 47 to which you had to reply with a higher number.
po, Feb 06 2004

       I sometimes split hairs for a living...you can tell the professionals from the hobbyists by their ability to acknowledge and quantify the amount of uncertainty in their measurements.   

       Reliability is rarely less than twice the discrimination....
normzone, Feb 06 2004

       // I love you 47 to which you had to reply with a higher number //   

       unless they'd been really baaaad teletubbietes, [po]
jonthegeologist, Feb 06 2004

       //The search engine, Google, was actually called Googol, until the venture capitalist who stumped up the cash for development made his cheque payable to "Google", necessitating a name change in order to bank the cheque.//   

       Right. I've also linked the latest intel on their search algorithm.   

       Their nearest competitor, Booble, goes after much larger numbers, of course.
theircompetitor, Feb 06 2004

       Check out Gogol - funny 19th cent. Russian author.
Mungo, Feb 06 2004

       Didn't he have a stuck up nose?
theircompetitor, Feb 06 2004

       I suppose this would cover things like being able to offer somebody a smidgeon of ice cream in a jiffy.
robgraham2, Feb 06 2004

       except that jiffies have at least occasional definitions
theircompetitor, Feb 06 2004

       // Shouldn't there be a way to answer those questions that start with "How much..." but have no possible answer? //   

       Think about that a bit longer and then get back to us.
waugsqueke, Feb 06 2004

       You could also use reference points instead of units:

Dear, I love you more than my secretary.

This implies that the amount of love for his spouse is *greater than* his love for his secretary.
Or, this could mean that he loves his wife more than his secretary loves his wife.
Either way, he wins by a landslide (or two).
1st2know, Feb 06 2004

       Yeah, but if she says, "How big does my bum look in this?"
FarmerJohn, Feb 07 2004

1st2know, Feb 07 2004

       After checking my last anno for spelling, grammar and style, I realized that this answer, even though technically correct per Douglas Adams, would start a 3 day long argument. I'll say 4ish.
1st2know, Feb 07 2004

       [tsuka] I've checked your math, and your slightly off.The answer should be:

Pretend not to hear, then go out for *42* pints.

1st2know, Feb 07 2004

       [waugsqueke] I have thought about it, and now I am getting back to you. Any other orders?

//then get back to us// Are there more than one of you?
username, Feb 09 2004

       pat, isn't this why we have logorithms, exponents, and decibels, and the such already?
RayfordSteele, Feb 10 2004


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