Ways to Measure a Butt
On a previous show you were discussing ways to measure a butt. I recall some ideas like the number of notes on a piano.
At Los Alamos National Laboratory, we generally use metric units, but every once and a while, we need to be quantitative about 'a butt load of stuff', 'a butt load of rocket fuel', 'a butt load of anti-matter', etc.
I thought that you might like to know that there is actually an exact unit of volume called the BUTT. I kid you not!!!
See Websters dictionary
"butt - a measure of liquid capacity equal to 126 gallons or two hogs heads"
In another dictionary:
an English butt is 2 hogshead of 54 imperial gallons each or ~129.7 US gallons (i.e., a UK butt is apparently slightly bigger than a US one)
a Spanish butt is based on a wine cask and is equivalent to 140 US gallons or ~116.6 UK gallons (i.e., a Spanish butt is bigger still)
So next time someone says they have a 'butt load' of stuff, just remember, that is about 2, 55 gallon barrels worth of stuff.
1 butt equals:
2 hogsheads (this is probably the easiest to remember for social occasions) 476.961 liters
104.917 UK gallons
629.504 wine bottles
one microbutt = 0.0968 teaspoons
(and the rest of the geeks and geekettes in the carpool, Dr. Bill Carey, Dr. Barb Dutrow, Dr. Jeremy Mitchell, Dr. George Guthrie)