# Hyperdimensional water

#### Chuffy

##### Veteran
On the BBC news site "crews were hopeful the 20m cubic litres of water could be held back and not breach the dam wall". And that'll be a struggle, since "cubic litres" are a nine-dimensional measuring system, so the hyperdimensional water could breach the dam in almost any one of the five other dimensions you haven't noticed yet
Ok. Litres are a measure of quantity. Cubic is just a notional way of arranging a given quantity. So what the hell is he on about? Argh!

#### marinyork

##### Resting in suspended Animation
It's a play on the old square centimetres/centimetres squared joke.

Litres are a measure of volume enclosed by some 3 dimensional shape. You cube them and in dimensional analysis style you end up with nine.

#### Pete

##### Guest
Cubic metres, they probably meant - so the inference is, someone dictated the story to someone else maybe? Twenty million litres wouldn't be much of a reservoir: barely enough to fill a large swimming pool.

I have this vague memory from early schooldays, on first learning about 'square' anything, I was eagerly trying to square pounds and ounces (and probably: pounds, shillings and pence) and wondering why the teacher wasn't giving me any marks...

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#### Chuffy

##### Veteran
marinyork said:
It's a play on the old square centimetres/centimetres squared joke.

Litres are a measure of volume enclosed by some 3 dimensional shape. You cube them and in dimensional analysis style you end up with nine.
Oooh, me sides!

I still don't get it.

#### Dave5N

##### Über Member
Bloody hell, Chuffy. Get a basics physics textbook.

Not like there's much else in Devon to do.

#### Speicher

Moderator
marinyork said:
It's a play on the old square centimetres/centimetres squared joke.

Litres are a measure of volume enclosed by some 3 dimensional shape. You cube them and in dimensional analysis style you end up with nine.
If a very large cube is made up of nine smaller cubes, you end up with 27 dimensions, each of the nine cubes having three dimensions.

#### domtyler

##### Über Member
Chuffy said:
Oooh, me sides!

I still don't get it.
Probably best if you stick to the RLJ threads from now on mate!

#### Abitrary

##### New Member
Underestimating the complexity of water is a basic mistake. About 5 years ago a company started marketing extra strong water, think it was called Blue Water. Apparently if you put a bottle of it next to a lemon, it could suck all of the acidity out of it.

#### domtyler

##### Über Member
Abitrary said:
Underestimating the complexity of water is a basic mistake. About 5 years ago a company started marketing extra strong water, think it was called Blue Water. Apparently if you put a bottle of it next to a lemon, it could suck all of the acidity out of it.
How long have you been a lesbian?

#### Dave5N

##### Über Member

DomTyler you are forgiven. For everything.

#### Speicher

Moderator
Abitrary said:
Underestimating the complexity of water is a basic mistake. About 5 years ago a company started marketing extra strong water, think it was called Blue Water. Apparently if you put a bottle of it next to a lemon, it could suck all of the acidity out of it.
Heavy water - does anyone remember or know about that?

#### Dave5N

##### Über Member
Think that's more about Norway and Nazi plots and atom bombs and stuff.

#### Abitrary

##### New Member
Speicher said:
Heavy water - does anyone remember or know about that?
Think it was manufuctured by the germans in WWII in norway for making nuclear weapons?

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#### Chuffy

##### Veteran
Dave5N said:
Bloody hell, Chuffy. Get a basics physics textbook.

Not like there's much else in Devon to do.
I hated physics. Possibly because the jokes were so bad.