Science Monday: How far is a minute?

It took me 5 whale hours to get to work this morning

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The always-entertaining "minutephysics" YouTube channel today presents a quick video on why we tend to measure distances with time, such as light-years, light-minutes, etc. But with some creative thinking, we can start talking about getting to the store in "bike-minutes", "sailboat-weeks" or my personal favorite, "whale years".

Since this also works for measuring distance, the next time you take a 10-minute coffee break, you can say to your boss, "I'll be back in 100 feet." That won't be confusing at all.

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