Illustration for article titled Physics Student Declares The Diameter of the Universe Is 1.4 Hellameters

A California physics student has petitioned the International System of Units to declare 10 to the 27th power (a trillion trillions) to be a "hella." As in meters, kilometers, hellameters. If he prevails, the universe officially becomes hella big.


Austin Sendek is studying physics at UC Davis, and felt it was time that extremely large units of measurement got their own designation. What better word than hella? I'm already looking forward to Google explaining how hellabytes of storage space it has.

Sendek told a local news station in Davis:

The diameter of the universe is 1.4 hellameters. You know if someone says that's 'hella meters' you know exactly what they're talking about.


His quest may not be entirely in vain. The International System of Units did add a new unit of measurement back in 1991, when they designated "yotta" to describe 10 to the 24th power. Isn't that the word that Hiro is always yelling on Heroes? Hey, if Hiro gets to have his own unit of measurement, why can't we have the hella?

via CBS Local

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