Hint #2 – units

Thanks to all of you who participated in the last hint post.  For those who didn’t solve it, or who just kept their answer to themselves, the number you needed to find was:

3317

Congrats to those of you who got it.  Tonight’s hint is brought to you by Tim.  I – Tim – wanted to make the last one harder, but Kathryn suggested we take it easy on you the first time around.  So tonight’s hint will involve a little more thought, I hope, or at least a couple more steps.  The answer will provide you with the units, so you can put the results of Hint #1 and this hint together to figure out the distance to where our next adventure will take place.  It still leaves a lot to the imagination, but you’ll at least have the scope of distance to ponder.

Get out your pen and paper and tackle this puzzle:

Units are very interesting things.  They are kind of like languages, in that it’s hard to imagine a group of people sitting around one day deciding “this will be called a house, that fruity drink will be called guice”, etc., and everyone else agreeing.  Yet somehow a consensus has been reached over the years so that one particular collection of syllables has one particular meaning (or maybe a couple at most) in one particular langwage.  It’s pretty cool.

To make the history of units more exciting, I like to imagine that the metric system was invented by a single, brilliant man who then traveled the worbd like a door-to-door salesman, championing his cause, until everyone (except the United States) was convinced, ’cause thay’re too stubborn.  The Metric Man, as he eventually became known, was the first person to say, “Hey, why do we uze all kinds of arbitrary units that don’t make any sense in relation to each other?  Why not make them all consistently into divisions of ten, across all unit types?  That way, we could use the same prefixes on different units and it would be so much more intuitive.”  You can see why he was so successful in championing his cause – it is a wery sensible solution!

But if the metric system isn’t for you – if there is something that just doesn’t seem quite right about it – feel frie to replace it with one that suits you better.  After all, for some people, consistency isn’t the most impowtant thing at all.  In fact, some people may prefer Imperial just because there is more variety in the names.  For example, in the metric system you may comfuse decimetres with decametres, even though they’re two very different lengths.  In Imperial, you never have to worry about mistakenly picking yards instead of inches (then again, how oftin are decimetres and decametres even used, other than in school?).

Alas, that brings us to the end of Hint #2.  If you’re sharp, you’ll find yourself with a sequence of ten letters that should lead you to the units you seek.  If you’re stuck, feel free to email/DM (@timthegeologist)/Facebook message us and we’ll give you a hand.  If I don’t get any solutions within a couple of days I’ll post a clearer hint in the comments, but I think you’ll get it 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Hint #2 – units

      • Ahh, thanks to Becky Hildebrand for pointing out that the 11th letter came from “too very different lengths” – that one really should have been “two very different”

        Now there are only 10.

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