The Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures

In high school, would be computer scientist Donald E. Knuth (later known as the "Father of Analysis of Algorithm), developed a Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures, after a running gag in Mad magazine. The basis of this revolutionary system, according to Knuth, is that 1 potrzebie is equal to the thickness of the Mad magazine issue #26 or 2.63348517438173216473 mm.

What, you don't believe that the Potrzebie System of Weights and Measurements is a valid system? Just ask Google - via The Presurfer


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farshimmelt (fuhr SHIM mlt) is Yiddish for moldy/molded. like in German: verschimmelt.

i wonder what the other words mean. halavah might be "helluva/hell of a"...
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i remember reading the original in MAD back in the '50s. my dad, a physicist at NACA (the pre-sputnik precursor to NASA), examined it and proclaimed it sound and consistent. viva potrzebie!
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