I like to read the historical events that happened on particular days, and one of today’s I found very silly indeed.

On this day in 1889, the Second International Electrical Congress adopted the joule as a unit of energy, after James Joule, the watt as a unit of power, after James Watt, and the quadrant as a unit of electrical inductance. Inductance is the tendency of an electrical conductor to oppose a change in the electric current flowing through it. The flow of electric current creates a magnetic field around the conductor.  What I found so silly is that the name “quadrant” was later changed to henry. The henry (symbolized H) is the Standard International unit of inductance . One henry is the equivalent of one kilogram meter squared per second squared per ampere squared (kg m 2 s -2 A -2 ).

Henry? Why not Flora or Sylvester? This got me started renaming things. “Yep, husband drove 90 Biancas to Bismarck last night. ” Or “I lost 10 Elliots with my new diet.”

Come up with some silly names for units of measurement.

33 thoughts on “Henry?”

  1. I would like some extra Solveigs of flexibility and an extra Beethoven of coffee this morning. The former measure is based on an 18-year-old circus kid and her level of bendiness. The latter is based on Ludwig van Beethoven’s love of coffee and his precision in the number of beans required for a single cup.

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  2. There’s a book and play called ‘Frindle’ which is about a boy deciding this exact thing; why are things called what they are. And he decides pencils should be frindles. Gets all his friends involved and they all use the word and after a few years it gets to be commonplace.

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  3. Five fingers of vodka would be one Cath of vodka (my highly esteemed sister in law). I think that’s it for me today. I don’t Siberia at this.

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  5. One’s State Fair fatigue ranking is equal to the square root of the distance walked in Skechers divided by the fat and sugar calories consumed in Marthas. When you reach a measurement of 10 or higher on the Goldy scale an interval of 51 weeks must pass before resuming State Fair activity.

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