The Archaic Unit of Measurement Quiz

We take it for granted that the weights and measures we use now will be around forever, but they might not be. Here’s a quiz testing your knowledge of archaic, obscure, and obsolete units of measure. Once you’re done, reward yourself with a butylka of beer! (Don’t worry…that’s only 624 ml in obsolete Russian terms.)

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The mutchkin was a common unit of liquid measure in Scotland until the 19th century. How many milliliters are in a mutchkin?
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The length of an English perch varied quite a bit, but which of these is the closest to the usual length?
18 feet
250 feet
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We don’t measure mass using the pennyweight much anymore, but if we did, how much would each one weigh?
0.01 ounces
0.055 ounces
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You’ll hear tales involving talents in the Bible, including a famous parable from Jesus. Just how heavy was a Greek talent?
16 kilograms
26 kilograms
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The term “faggot” is now loosely applied to any bundle of sticks, but at one point in time it had a clear definition. How many feet in girth was a faggot of sticks?
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How many pecks of apples do you need to make a kenning of apples?
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If Captain Nemo traveled 20,000 leagues under the sea, about how far did he go?
1 million miles
60,000 miles
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What kind of measurements are recorded in foot-lamberts?
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The cubit is the earliest recorded measurement of length. About how long is a cubit?
One and a half feet
Ten feet
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What did the old Irish system of measure use as its standard unit of volume?
A potato's volume
A hen's eggshell
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Grampa Simpson once claimed his car got 40 rods to the hogshead. About how many miles per gallon is that?
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Once upon a time, tailors may have measure length using the ell. About how long was an English ell?
45 inches
24 inches