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July 12, 2007

Times Watch

Having a little problem with metric units are we?

Mobile phone video of the badgers circulating in Basra shows a stocky skunk-like animal with long front claws. The honey badger, or ratel, is known as a brave predator capable of killing a cobra. It weighs up to 14kg (301b),

300 lbs is one hell of a big badger.

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Wrong, 30 lb has been misstyped as 301 b.

Tim adds: I know, I know.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 12, 2007 11:04:01 AM

The story in yesterday's paper about the Babylonian cuneiform tablet refers to "1.5 minas (0.75 kg) of gold". It sounds as if one mina is about one lb.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 12, 2007 11:58:49 AM

"300 lbs is one hell of a big badger."

You should see the size of the mushrooms.

Posted by: IanCroydon | Jul 12, 2007 2:02:58 PM

"300 lbs is one hell of a big badger."


"I saw it three days ago at night attacking animals. It even ate a cow."

That'll be the cause then. Overfeeding.... ;)

Posted by: JuliaM | Jul 12, 2007 2:35:32 PM

1) "Look, what if we built a giant badger."

2) A mina is a pound but that weight varied across polities. A Roman mina was, IIRC, 360 grams (1 mina = 100 denarii = 400 sesterces where a sesterce weighed .9 grams). An Attic mina was about 420 (100 drachma but the drachma was composed of 6 obols of .7 grams). I think an Aegenaten mina was about 600. The next step up is a talent of 60 mina.

Posted by: Tom Kratman | Jul 13, 2007 12:22:01 AM

Unless the "b" stands for "badgerweight", in which case a 301b badger would indeed be a wonderment.

Posted by: Michael | Jul 13, 2007 3:47:54 AM