Make numbers less boring with SensibleUnits

Compare real world units with the ridiculous with SensibleUnits.

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One of my buddies who is a finance nerd spends weeks at a time working on giant, awe inducing Excel spreadsheets. He seems like the perfect type to enjoy SensibleUnits, a silly service that takes standards measurements and converts them to real-world items like Alaskan moose-antlers, football fields, and London buses. The hope is that you can take any number of units (large or small) and make it a little more interesting. Any writer or storyteller would be wise to bookmark this.

For the more visually inclined, check out Nikon's Universcale site which maps out objects in the world and beyond both large and small on a very flashy interface.We wrote about it back in March of last year.

Some of the measurements are better than others. For instance, we can see laying batteries or CDs side-by-side, but not the fetus thing. CNET Networks