Trivia

Hard

Sagans, An Informal Unit Of Measurement, Signify What?

The Weight of the Moon
At Least 4 Billion
10^8 Light Years
An Interstellar Unit

Answer: At Least 4 Billion

Carl Sagan was an American cosmologist, astronomer, and absolute tireless champion of the sciences in the public sphere. He was the author, co-editor, or editor of almost two dozen science books, and the host the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos. Sagan was well known for his excitement in talking about science, especially cosmological issues, and would strongly enunciate the M sound in millions and the B sound in billions to emphasize just how big the numbers were and properly differentiate them for the audience.

Between his strong enunciation, a chapter in one of his popular books called “Billions and Billions”, and a Johnny Carson skit parodying Sagan’s love of the billions and billions of stars out there, the public came to associate Sagan with the phrase. In light-hearted tribute to Sagan, fans of his work and his tireless drive to bring science into the public eye, began using his surname, Sagan, as a unit of measurement. A Sagan signifies a quantity over four billion because, at minimum, billions and billions would have to be at least two plus two billion.

Trivia

Hard

In 1957 The BBC Pranked Millions Of Britons By Reporting On A Tree That Grew?

Trivia

Hard

What Highly Sought After Material Used In Jewelry Making Is Only Found In Detroit?

Trivia

Hard

The Largest City Not Located On A Lake, River, Or Coastline Is?

Trivia

Hard

The Opposite Of A TV Show “Jumping The Shark” Is?

Trivia

Hard

Cloudflare Uses Which Of These Items To Generate Random Cryptographic Data?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The First Video Game?

Trivia

Hard

The Loudest Sirens Ever Built Were Powered By?

Trivia

Hard

The First Radio Jingle Was An Advertisement For Which Of These Products?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Is An Unusual Source Of Humidity During Midwestern Summers?

Trivia

Hard

Tamagotchis, The Fad “Pocket Pet” Toy That Swept The Late 1990s, Was Created By What Company?