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Rennie-Measurement - cellophane — LiveJournal
the story of an invisible girl
The idea began at the renaissance festival a couple of weeks ago. We discovered a booth that sold Very Long leather belts. I was intrigued to note that some of them were almost exactly as tall as I was! That means it was a 61-inch (or maybe just 60 inch) belt...wow. davehogg snapped a photo to record the moment.

As we were walking away from the booth, aiela remarked that perhaps we should start measuring everything in terms of how many Rennies long it was. The belt, for example, is one (1) Rennie long.

I thought this was a great idea. After all, my world is Rennie-centric, why shouldn't everyone's be?

Then we thought it might be fun to offer to measure people's belt sizes. As in: how many Rennies will wrap around you? That determines the length of the belt you'll need. I pointed out that we'd need to measure the interior of the circle I'd make, because only the exterior of a Rennie-circle is 61 inches long.

As you might imagine, the conversation got a little silly. I was trying to picture wrapping myself around a person for accurate measurements, and I was concerned that I wouldn't be very good at it. My body doesn't make a geometric circle, because my knees bend the wrong way. (Most people's do.)

It was then that I suggested simply wrapping just my legs around people, since I know I'm capable of that. I can even hook my ankles and support myself, if a person's waist is Rennie-sized. aiela didn't think that people would mind the change. "I bet people would pay money for that!"

"We could measure the length of my inner legs, from heel to heel," I speculated. "Basically I guess it'd be twice my inseam -- and that would equal one (1) Rennie."

"We could do it at a booth next year," said davehogg! "And we'll tell people, yeah, we signed up for a booth, not to sell anything, but just because we felt like it."

"This could be fun for everyone! And we could donate the proceeds to breast cancer or something, so we won't feel dirty."

Well, that's the concept -- as I remember it, at least. It was one of those conversations that evolve and take on a life of their own, so I may have erred on some of the details. But just think.... Rennie-Measurements! Coming soon to a Ren(nie) Faire near you.

Or (more likely) just in my imagination. Who knows? But it made me laugh, and that's what really matters.

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devnul From: devnul Date: October 6th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to be measured in Rennies!

This story reminds me of a bridge in Boston that's actually marked off in Smoots, the size of one Oliver Smoot, an MIT student in the 50's. The Harvard Bridge is exactly 364.4 smoots and an ear long.

(and I'm glad you laughed; 'tis a silly place!)
ellison From: ellison Date: October 6th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha! That is awesome! I like your stories!
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: October 6th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
*jumps up and down*


I will make sure that the rennie measurement works properly before it is used publically. Hee. :)
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thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: October 6th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! The world can be measured in Rennies.

In happy feet, even?
anderale From: anderale Date: October 6th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
oh oh, good idea! happy feet would be an excellent measurement device. :D
From: nicegeek Date: October 6th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I suggested simply wrapping just my legs around people
And we could donate the proceeds to breast cancer or something, so we won't feel dirty.

Somehow, I suspect that this will feel dirty no matter where the proceeds go... ;-)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: October 6th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Somehow, I suspect that this will feel dirty no matter where the proceeds go... ;-)

God, I hope so :-)
anderale From: anderale Date: October 6th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
You could bend the other way around (backwards), supposing you are supremely flexible. That would be a relief to your knees at least. :)
bwittig From: bwittig Date: October 6th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
So the circumference of the earth would be 25.9 M-Rennies around at the equator. (25,864,954.2 R) My car gets 31.2 k-rennies per gallon.

You might be able to recalibrate your bike's cyclocomputer to measure distance & speed in kR's instead of miles. (That way you will rack up "miles" quicker.)

The possibilities are endless!
jebra From: jebra Date: October 6th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It reminds me of one summer, many years ago, when I measured how many antisorbates tall a cliff face was. (I decided not to climb it.)

I like the idea.

I also like the idea of being 1.26 rennies tall.
joline From: joline Date: October 6th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
heh--i've been doing that very thing all my life, except, with my dad. :)

my dad is 6 feet zero inches, so i tend to think of tallish things in terms of Daddies. like, in high school, the pool went to 6 feet deep (one daddy) and then dropped off, heading for 12 feet deep (two daddies). if you tell me a room is 15 feet wide, i immediately think of my dad laying down in it, two and a half times. i know how big a 5'x7' rug is because it's a little shorter than my dad on one side and a little longer than my dad on the other.

my dad doesn't even know that i do this.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 7th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
From prior expereince I know my lap is one rennie wide by one rennie deep.
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