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Sexist lemons

The Wiki entry on jif lemons is rather sexist:

And perhaps because of its shape, the housewife felt less guilty about not using real fruit, although what she was actually getting was lemon juice plus E223 (sodium metabisulphite) which acts as a preservative.

If was looking up the meaning of a jiffy (1/60th of a second) for some pointless reason. 1/60th of a second? Who decides these things?


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Sep. 29th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
Probably the Babylonians
Or at least in herited from their multiples-of-60 system the same way as larger units are. 60 minutes in an hour. 60 seconds in a minute. 60 jiffies in a second.

This is only a guess.

(If found your blog via Ken Hite's. I don't think you know me. Hi.)
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably the Babylonians
Hi! I notice we have a common friend in Jonny Nexus so we may have met.

The whole Babylonian sexagesimal thing might be the reason for the 60th, but it's seems far too short a duration for anyone to accomplish anything. How can you ever be back in a jiffy?
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