Hella Big? Our Universe in Hellameters, Our Sun in “Hella”watts

Dude. Hate on Northern California if you must, but I think this is a damn fantastic idea (hella good?). I mean, you come up with a better word for 10 to the 27th power


Sure 10 to the 27th power is a colossal number, but will it be accepted as being hella big? :

An oft-hated slang word coined in Northern California has been proposed as a worthy entry into the field of scientific measurement when calculating enormous numbers.

Austin Sendek, a physics student at UC Davis, wants the number of 10 to the 27th power — a trillion trillions — to officially become “hella” big.

Along the lines of using the “kilo” prefix for kilometers or “giga” for gigabyte, Sendek is petitioning the International System of Units (SI) to use the term “hella” to describe really, really big measurements; such as the size of the universe.

“The diameter of the universe is 1.4 hellameters,” Sendek said. “You know if someone says that’s ‘hella meters’ you know exactly what they’re talking about.

Under Sendek’s proposed terminology, you would say the mass of the earth is six hellagrams, and the power of the sun is 0.3 hellawatts.

Physics professor Daniel Cox says he gets a kick out of the idea, but points out the number is so big, you can’t use it to count the age of the universe, believed to be a measly five times 10 to the power of 17 seconds.

“Ten to the 27th [power] is about 10 billion times bigger,” Cox said. “That’s a hella lot of seconds.”

Reactions on the UC Davis campus were mixed — one physics student even told CBS13 she would switch majors if the proposal were accepted — and Sendek admits that the odds of his idea gaining traction are “hella small,” but he has his hopes.

“You can apply it everywhere, it’s sort of a catch-all word,” he added.

SI last added a prefix to the metric system in 1991, when they accepted “yotta” to describe 10 to the 24th power.

hella tight,
Sunshine Superdude

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8 Responses to “Hella Big? Our Universe in Hellameters, Our Sun in “Hella”watts”

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  2. Masud Alam Says:

    In writing a presentation some times it is very difficult write or address exponent with higher value. It would be easy to express those higher exponent value in one word like ‘Hella’. i don’t want to say It must have to be expressed in ‘Hella’, it could be some thing different and off-course meaningful. We can have a good debit on this issue to be accepted by all over the world.

  3. I think “hella” is a hella retarded idea. I think that if SI uses “hella” there’s no doubt they will be stupid enough to make “buncha” or “lotta” for 10^30. I think the next prefix should be “macro” for 10^27 and macrogram’s abbreviation would be mrg and “kondo” for 10^-27 so kondogram’s would be kdg. I chose these because “macro” is Greek for long and “kondo” is Greek for short. At least “macro” is less ignorant than “hella.” That is just one man’s opinion but I hope more will agree. Just so the person dumb enough to even think about making “hella” the new prefix knows, the one that wrote this is 11 years old.

  4. this website deleted my comment because they don’t want to accept the fact that hella is a stupid idea

  5. never mind, its still here

  6. This proposal contains over 1.76 hellagrams of concentrated awesomeness.

  7. wow this is interesting.. arizona people saying we use the word hella a lot

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