a hella shitty idea

July 7, 2010

According to this article in yesterday’s L.A. Times, the physics-loving specimen of Stanislaus pride pictured above (maybe it’s the lighting, but he looks like a pension-casher) has a wonderful academic-use idea for the one word that makes any college-educated being from the northern part of the state sound like a moron in a little tale I like to call “HELLA stupid: NorCal physics major has a dumb regional name for a really big number.”

Basically, a young, doe-eyed UC Davis student wants to rename the obscure and (basically) only-used-by-him number that is 1 x 10 to the 28th power “hella,” after the borderline cuss-word he never got a chance to use growing up. The Times took it easy on the kid, only said that, “hella is a term many Southern Californians find as irritating as teary-eyed renditions of ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco'” which is only partially true because I would much rather call the number 10000000000000000000000000000 “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (or ILMYISF for easier equation notation).

Giving a number a name that only a small fraction of people on the planet can even tolerate requires both arrogance and stupidity. Why would he want to brag about how much he wants to be able to use the word “hella”? Is this white trash NorCal’s attempt to infiltrate the establishment and blow it up from the inside? Why can’t we name the number after a mathematician? I’m so confused.


One Response to “a hella shitty idea”

  1. LC said

    Hella sw33t br0.

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