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Student Wants Science To Name 'Hella' Big Number

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the big-way-big-and-hella-big dept.

Math 193

thodelu writes "Austin Sendek, a 20-year-old UC Davis student, is trying to get scientists from Boise to Beijing to use the term 'hella' to denote the unimaginably huge, seldom-cited quantity of 10 to the 27th power. From the article: 'It started as a joke, but Sendek's Facebook petition: to the Consultative Committee on Units, a subdivision of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures, has drawn more than 60,000 supporters. Its chances for formal adoption by the global weights-and-measures community are hella dim, but Google was so taken with Sendek's modest proposal that it incorporated "hella" in its online calculator.'"

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first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825408)

first post

Not going to happen (5, Informative)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825658)

There's already a system.

See http://www.bipm.org/en/CGPM/db/19/4/ [bipm.org] "The names zepto and zetta are derived from septo suggesting the number seven (the seventh power of 10^3) and the letter "z" is substituted for the letter "s" to avoid the duplicate use of the letter "s" as a symbol. The names yocto and yotta are derived from octo, suggesting the number eight (the eight power of 10^3); the letter "y" is added to avoid the use of the letter "o" as a symbol because it may be confused with the number zero."

Also, the order is Z, Y, so the next is X. Hence the next prefix is likely to be xona

http://www.mindspring.com/~jimvb/unitsystem.htm [mindspring.com]

Re:Not going to happen (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825878)

Gotta love "sorta" and "minga" :D

Re:Not going to happen (1)

RCGodward (1235102) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826000)

Man, you guys are hella lame.

Re:Not going to happen (1)

Bakkster (1529253) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826906)

You mean hellaLame. Combined, they are 2 hellaLame.

Re:Not going to happen (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826084)

Hence the next prefix is likely to be xona

Xona and Xena hopefully :)

Re:Not going to happen (5, Funny)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826108)

New petition! Replace zepto- with zeppo-. To be followed of course by:

10^-24: chico-
10^-27: harpo-
10^-30: groucho-


.

Re:Not going to happen (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826774)

good luck with that! I don't give that terminology's adoption a chico's chance in a groucho.

Re:Not going to happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826294)

they could make it xella, or just for fun, "XDELLA!!!!"

gets even funnier when you see the XD there.

Re:Not going to happen (1)

Beorytis (1014777) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826334)

"y" is added to avoid the use of the letter "o" as a symbol because it may be confused with the number zero

But that makes it so easy to confuse "yotta" with "yatta [youtube.com] "

...the next prefix is likely to be xona

I wonder if that will be pronounced as /zona/, /ksona/ or /xona/.

Hmmm (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825424)

Was "phukka" already taken?

Re:Hmmm (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825530)

Was "phukka" already taken?

What's wrong with "nigga"? "1 x 10^27? That's a big-ass number, nigga!"

Nothing says math revolution (5, Funny)

notommy (1793412) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825428)

like a page in facebook.

Re:Nothing says math revolution (4, Informative)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826982)

Also ...

has drawn more than 60,000 supporters

I can sneeze without a Facebook account and get 60k people involved. When you're using a big popularity contest where you being friends with someone makes them more popular than anyone who can be your friend is going to do it.

There should be a ban against being a live and using facebook at the same time.

Cartman (4, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825442)

"You guys are hella stupid...you guys are hella lame."

Re:Cartman (5, Funny)

DeafDumbBlind (264205) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825492)

Damn it Cartman, stop saying Hella.

Re:Cartman (3, Funny)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825870)

whatever you guys, i'm hella keeeeewwwww'

Re:Cartman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825514)

and hella late to the gag everyone got sick of 5 years ago

Dumb whim. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825462)

Keep it in urban dictionary, where it belongs.

wow.... (1)

inerlogic (695302) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825470)

10^27 is WICKED HUGE!

Re:wow.... (1)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825946)

10^27 is WICKED HUGE!

True, but we can't really appreciate the magnitude of 10^27 until we see it translated into more familiar units. [google.com]

Now, anyone up for a Libraries of Congress conversion?

Re:wow.... (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826980)

Google did it for me: "The diameter of the universe is 1.4 hellameters"

I'm curious how long it will be 'til somebody says, "This hellabyte drive just isn't big enough to hold all my pron."

Re:wow.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826568)

10^27 (five characters)
hella (fize characters)

don't see the benefit of this endevour

Re:wow.... (1)

miggyb (1537903) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826936)

6 if you count depressing the shift key.

Re:wow.... (1)

TheBeardIsRed (695409) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826934)

Problem is, dude was from UC Davis, not Cambridge.

Why Not "Helluva"? (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825474)

As in "helluva number".

Re:Why Not "Helluva"? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825592)

"Hella" is another contraction of the same phrase that is peculiar to slang in northern California.

Re:Why Not "Helluva"? (1)

ozdeadman (1656597) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826202)

its not just peculiar to northern cali, its also well used in australia as well..

Re:Why Not "Helluva"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825594)

It's meant to be an SI prefix, so it will be used to denote a factor. "Helluva" means "hell of a": It references one item and qualifies it. What you want to express is that you have many of whatever follows.

Re:Why Not "Helluva"? (3, Informative)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825776)

Sigh, another hip young developer that thinks he knows it all but yet again shows his ignorance on the Internet. You cannot use helluva fool, Mr. T invented that phrase and it is his trademark and copyright! Hires Proof! [yamoslair.com]

1980's pop culture references you young hip developers might never get, but Mr. T takes on Megatrong. [youtube.com]

Here's Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826058)

Because in 50 years, using the fad-word "hella" will make you sound like a grandpa. Other fad-words destined for the same fate are "tweet" and "fail".

Grandpa: "Now there's a hella fail I'd like to tweet about."
Kid: "Does anyone have the slightest clue what this old fart is trying to say?"

Re:Why Not "Helluva"? (1)

Beorytis (1014777) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826380)

As in "helluva number".

helluva is an adjective (as you just demonstrated) and hella is an adverb, as in "hella big number".

Re:Why Not "Helluva"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826812)

In the early 80's in the midwest we used to say "Heller" ( -er instead of -a ). IIRC tt never meant anything positive though... it meant whatever you were talking about was so bad you were going to hell.

Weird.

I've always supported flexible use of language (1, Interesting)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825484)

This sort of thing is genuinely cool. I've always been a fan. In fact, I even found most if not all of the Bush-isms to be tolerable use of word parts. I tend to communicate and learn by way of concepts, so perhaps this has something to do with it...

Re:I've always supported flexible use of language (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826138)

I tend to communicate and learn by way of concepts [...]

Does not parse, does not parse. Bleeble-whoop.

Re:I've always supported flexible use of language (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826268)

Perhaps better put, I'm always the guy going, "You KNOW what I meant..."

Re:I've always supported flexible use of language (3, Funny)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826638)

So you understand Bush, but most people have trouble understanding you. I suggest freezing yourself for 500 years and going to see the doctor:

"Don't wanna sound like a dick or nothin', but it says on your chart that you're fucked up. Ah, you talk like a fag, and your shit's all retarded. What I'd do, is just like... ha ha... like... aha... you know, like, you know what I mean, like... haha... Don't worry scrote! There are plenty of 'tards out there living really kick ass lives. My first wife was 'tarded. She's a pilot now."

Re:I've always supported flexible use of language (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32827008)

And thats a big indication that you don't know how to communicate effectively if you're saying that often, perhaps the problem is a little closer to home than you realize.

Re:I've always supported flexible use of language (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826670)

Makes the Weird Al song Pentiums sound better - "I got me a hundred hella-bytes of RAM" :D

All I have to say is... (1)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825506)

Cool story, bro.


Seriously, keep the stupid out of math.

Re:All I have to say is... (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825886)

We're referring to NoCal here, so you need to say "brah" or "broham" please.

"lotsa" taken? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825534)

I think it would be wise not to make reference to a religious concept in an SI prefix.

Re:"lotsa" taken? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825742)

Oh for some mod points.

+1 Insightful please

Re:"lotsa" taken? (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826552)

I'm sure you are a hit at the parties.

"Hell" might have religious origins but these days it's just a standard english word in nearly any use-case. I think I've used the word used a dozen or so times already today and not once was it refering to a religious concept.

What the hella? (1)

snookerhog (1835110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825542)

I'll sign the petition. Why the hella not

Good Luck... (5, Funny)

ringmaster1982 (1817772) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825546)

.. I lost my bid to the EU to adopt Metric F*ck Ton. =(

Re:Good Luck... (1)

alta (1263) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825750)

I thought it was a Metric f'ing ton?

Re:Good Luck... (1)

Ipeunipig (934414) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825978)

Nah, that's a reference to a fat girl on prom night...when you're drunk.

Re:Good Luck... (1)

RepelHistory (1082491) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826170)

What an injustice. Perhaps someday all will recognize the important contributions of German mathematician Dr. Johann F*ckton.

Re:Good Luck... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826756)

Yeah British politician Lord Fuckington of Fucktonshire used his shit ton of connections on the Continent to make sure your idea would never see the light of day. Fuckin politicians -- always bringing a fuck ton of hurt to the little guy!

Who is this guy? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825552)

What makes him qualified to name anything? Does he even own any land?

Re:Who is this guy? (1)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825972)

No, but he's descended from a Roman consul. That still automatically makes you relevant, doesn't it?

Great Idea!! (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825562)

In fact, I think it's the Cat's Pajamas!!

Re:Great Idea!! (1)

Cwix (1671282) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826212)

Its the Bee's Knees!!

Re:Great Idea!! (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826542)

It's real boss!

Hey that sounds nice (1)

marcosdumay (620877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825576)

I always wanted to deal with hella lots of atoms anyway.

Why? (1)

Jayws (1613285) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825582)

Is there a legitimate reason to do this? At first it sounded funny to me but wont it become unfunny if it goes into standard practice? Plus, it breaks the convention of naming things after the person who discovered them. I mean he didn't really 'discover' it, I guess it's more like he's trying to brand it. I also suppose that calling a large number a hella is better than calling it a sendek. It's a slow news day.

Re:Why? (4, Funny)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826194)

Plus, it breaks the convention of naming things after the person who discovered them.

Yeah, Mr. Liter, Dr. Meter, and Reginald the Second are going to be really steamed if this is adopted.

What do (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825598)

The Greeks say about this?
Isn't their name for their own country "Hellas"

And 10^27 isn't that impressive. Its much smaller than a Googol

Re:What do (3, Funny)

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825648)

Given the amount of hellenic state deficit, I think that setting 1 hella = 10^27 is quite appropriate.

Re:What do (2, Funny)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825822)

I guess then 10^50 should be called Ameri-.

Greek here... (1)

Ecuador (740021) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826602)

Different root. Also, Greece should ideally be pronounced with a silent "H" and accented at the last syllable, nothing like Cartman's favorite word.
Also, 10^27 is not such a big number and already has a name in (I guess) most languages. If you are interested, in Greek it is called "oktakis ekatommirio".

I always wanted Bigga (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825600)

I think Bigga would be more fun.

A Biggabyte harddrive.
Biggabit network connection.

It just roles off the tongue the Hella is just based off some stupid show that will not be remembered in 30 years.

Unimaginably Huge (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825630)

10 to the 27th power isn't unimaginable huge. I can easily imagine that.

Know what I cannot imagine, however? 10 to the 28th power... Now that simply boggles the mind.

*eyeroll*

Re:Unimaginably Huge (1)

Rockoon (1252108) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825928)

I am quite certain that nearly all numbers are larger in magnitude, so....

..its hella small!

What? (2, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825634)

"Hella" refers to "hell", a religious term. If science is going to use religion, then it should at least use it accurately.

"Hella" is a perfectly valid prefix, but should be reserved for 10^666.

For those who aren't on Facebook... (1)

chebucto (992517) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825662)

The fine petition includes the following description:

Website:
        http://www.wix.com/mhostore/makehellaoff [wix.com] ...
        http://www.makehellaofficial.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]
Mission:
        To Whom It May Concern:

        For all intents and purposes, the SI prefix system has served the scientific community extremely well since its inception. However, we believe there is one significant flaw in the system which demands immediate attention.

        As you know, the largest number with a designated SI prefix is 10^24, which carries the name "yotta-". However, in our world of increasing physical awareness and experimental precision, this number is no longer a satisfactory "upper bound" in scientific nomenclature. The analysis of many physical phenomena reveals natural quantities in excess of 27 orders of magnitude, a number which is currently ignored by the SI system.

        Designating a prefix for 10^27 is of critical importance for scientists in all fields. This number is significant in many crucial calculations, including the wattage of the sun, distances between galaxies, or the number of atoms in a large sample.

        Addressing this issue presents an exciting opportunity. Since the SI system has traditionally adopted the last names of accomplished scientists for unit nomenclature, it follows that prefix designation should do the same. From this tradition comes the chance for the SI system to use nomenclature to honor a constantly overlooked scientific contributor: Northern California.

        Northern California is home to many influential research institutions, including the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Countless contributions to science have been made by these and other local schools; in fact, elements 93-103 were all discovered at UC Berkeley in a span of 21 years.

        However, science isn't all that sets Northern California apart from the rest of the world. The area is also notorious for the creation and widespread usage of the English slang "hella," which typically means "very," or can refer to a large quantity (e.g. "there are hella stars out tonight").

        Thus, we believe that the SI system can not only rectify their failing prefix system but also honor the scientific progress of Northern California by formally establishing "hella-" as the prefix for 10^27.

        Under this designation, the complexity of high-magnitude nomenclature would be greatly reduced. For example, the number of atoms in 120 kg of carbon-12 would be simplified from 6,000 yottaatoms to 6 hellaatoms. Similarly, the sun (mass of 2.2 hellatons) would release energy at 0.3 hellawatts, rather than 300 yottawatts.

        We believe the designation of the "hella-" prefix would have a positive impact on all parties involved, and thus warrants serious consideration. We thank you for your time.

        Austin Sendek
        Movement Founder
        UC Davis Physics

        List of current prefixes:

        The International System of Units (abbr. SI, Systeme Internacional) has established standard prefixes for powers of ten from 10^-24 to 10^24. For example, one could say that the mass of 1.0 moles of carbon-12 is precisely 12 grams, 0.012 kilograms, 12000000 micrograms, or 0.000000000000000000000012 yottagrams. A list of these prefixes appears below.

        Factor Name

        10^24 yotta
        10^21 zetta
        10^18 exa
        10^15 peta
        10^12 tera
        10^9 giga
        10^6 mega
        10^3 kilo
        10^2 hecto
        10^1 deka

        10^-1 deci
        10^-2 centi
        10^-3 milli
        10^-6 micro
        10^-9 nano
        10^-12 pico
        10^-15 femto
        10^-18 atto
        10^-21 zepto
        10^-24 yocto

Guy walks into a store (5, Funny)

somaTh (1154199) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825668)

A guy walks into a store. "I'd like a 1 Hellahertz computer"
Clerk promptly smacks him with a laptop.
"Thanks!"

Ye gods no! (1, Funny)

revjakenash (1494465) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825672)

I thought that word had finally died! If you west coast guy's and gal's get to have a Hella big number, then I hereby demand that we east coasters are furnished with a Wicked Big Numbah!

Re:Ye gods no! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825760)

Wicked isn't an east coast thing. It's a "morons from Boston" thing, but I'm being redundant.

Re:Ye gods no! (1)

DJ Jones (997846) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826400)

You'd get your ass kicked for using either of those terms in New York.

FYI.

Not big enough(!?) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825688)

Still not as big as fucking big numbers.

Re:Not big enough(!?) (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825734)

No, we'll use that for 10^69.

Don't mean to be a grammar Nazi ... (1)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825826)

Still not as big as fucking big numbers.

"fucking" is a verb. To use it as an adjective or adverb it's "fuck'in'; as in "fuck'in huge", fuck'in gigantic", fuck'in expensive", "fuck'in fast", etc...

Re:Don't mean to be a grammar Nazi ... (1)

Sovetskysoyuz (1832938) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826626)

Grammar fail. In this sense, 'fucking' is an adjectival participle. ' Fuckin' ' is a contraction, and is completely interchangeable with 'fucking'. ' Fuck'in' ' is blatant misuse of apostrophes, for which your grammar Nazi credentials should be revoked.

Brain cells... dying... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825694)

Reading things like this seriously makes me want to slap most any teenager within twenty steps.
This must be what it was like for classical speakers when the apostrophe came widely into use.

As someone from southern CA... (1)

doc_holliday814 (726060) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825730)

...I don't use the term "hella", but a ton of my northern CA friends do. (They claim the term was born in the bay area.) I hope I'm not forced to use the term by naming this number "hella".

Comic Book Says... (1)

Anita Coney (648748) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825752)

Slowest news day ever!

What a douchebag (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825774)

Using the non-word 'hella' makes him sound like uneducated California trash

Greek, Latin and now... (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825788)

So as well as using terms from some of the greatest civilizations of the past we should now honour a short-lived Southern California slang term that will have no relevance to anybody else? At least "helluva" would have made a little more sense to people that aren't living in one little area of the world.

20 year old UC Davis Student (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825794)

I bet he smoked a hella lot of weed.

Just for fun (1)

Gotung (571984) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825806)

I just typed "5 x 10 hellaparsecs" to see if google's calculator would work. It did.

Unfortunately, google currently won't calculate in hellasmoots. Though regular smoots compute just fine.

Re:Just for fun (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826434)

Google doesn't use the hella prefix consistently. Example:

1 hellagram = 1.0 × 10**27 grams

1 hellabyte = 1.23794004 × 10**27 bytes

Shouldn't that last one be a hebibyte or something?

Re:Just for fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32827002)

NO! Death to the Kibi- et. al. modifiers!

Kilobyte = 2^10 bytes
Megabyte = 2^20 bytes
Gigabyte = 2^30 bytes

Powers of 10 have no meaning in binary, and the powers of 2 are sufficiently close to their metric counterparts. There's no need to introduce extraneous modifiers in serious discourse*, hard drive manufacturers be damned!

* By this I mean not for humorous purposes. I am fully in favor of using attoparsec, microfortnight, or even Knuth's Potrezebie System of Weights and Measures to be funny.

News? (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 4 years ago | (#32825868)

This has been circulating since at least February.

A kinder, gentler prefix - hecka (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32825888)

To avoid exciting the youngsters & offending some oldsters, why not 'hecka'?

This is an extrordinarily bad idea... (4, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826006)

The corresponding prefix for 10^-27 would logically be hello. Just imagine trying to take a lecture serously when the lecturer talks about "hello Henrys" [wikipedia.org]

wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826370)

10^27 is seldomly cited?

im a spectroscopist and we use quantities like 10^27 quite often. id imagine astronomers, chemists, and astrophysicists use the number even more

not enough (1)

damnfuct (861910) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826376)

60,000 / 6,700,000,000 = 8.96x10^-6, which one can approximate with 0.

The is just a bold face attempt (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826418)

to make English majors cry.

People who use Hella denote a certain level of ignorance and give fad terms more importance that actually doing thins.

Stop it. Make a name for yourself doing something.

Hellabyte hard drives (1)

sfraggle (212671) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826470)

Wikipedia has this chart [wikimedia.org] of increasing hard disk capacities over time. If the current rate is maintained (factor of 10 increase every 5 years), we may see hellabyte drives in around 70 years!

Hella retaaded (1)

Trip6 (1184883) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826532)

That's what this idea is.

Modest proposal? (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826624)

Go and read some Swift, then tell me if that's an appropriate use of the phrase.

This just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32826686)

Harvard student petitions SI to use "Wicked" as prefix for 10^30....

Cruel (1)

SoTerrified (660807) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826696)

My friend Hela is slightly overweight and she admits it, but all this is just cruel. Please stop equating 'Hela' with 'extreme largeness'. Thank you.

Ugh. (0, Troll)

drunkennewfiemidget (712572) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826836)

Every single person I know that uses the word/phrase/prefix 'hella' is a raving douchebag.

Lets not legitimise their idiocy, hmm?

Stupid. Reject. (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826848)

When I'm looking for something to buy locally, like a car or whatever, if I see the word 'hella' in the description, I tend to move on and ignore the item, and the poster. Most always (ok, only 95% of the time) posters who use 'hella' to describe their item are either outright liars, fakes, or too dumb to know what is wrong with their stuff. Especially when it comes to buying import cars, 'hella' is your clue they riced it out and forgot to put oil in it the last time they changed the filter, or overheated it cause they were too dumb to replace a hose and drove it another 12 miles home with the temp gauge pinned to 'H' and smoke billowing out the hood. This also afflicts those who are selling their beat-to-crap-dropped-on-the-pavement notebook, or table saw, or cell phone. Or other phrases that translate into "might need (fill in with the expensive repair option)".

If I never see that word again, I will be happy. I know it started out cute and all, but now around here it's just shorthand for 'l0ser'.

Not that huge (1)

chocapix (1595613) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826890)

10^27 might be seldom cited, but it is not unimaginably huge. Hell, it's less than the number of atoms in an small elephant.

If you want huge, look at Graham's number [wikipedia.org] . Or the TREE sequence (see here [wikipedia.org] for a quick introduction), which increases extremely fast. I love it because the definition is not too hard to understand, you can even easily compute the first two terms by hand (it's 1 and 3) then BAM, TREE(3) make Graham's number look puny.

Supported by Google Calculator, how? (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#32826908)

I tried many things, but couldn't get Google calculator to recognize "hella" or spit it out. I give up, how do you do it?

Hella is cool (2, Funny)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 4 years ago | (#32827040)

Hella is cool - I used to have a set on my rally car. They're bright, but not 10^27 bright...
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