Olympic-sized swimming pools

Since when did an Olympic-sized swimming pool become a standard unit of measure? Whenever journalists are talking about large volumes, they will invariably resort to referring to how many Olympic-sized swimming pools said volume would fill, as if that’s some sort of frame of reference for us, you know, after you bought an Olympic-sized swimming pool of rice, because it was on sale…

Add to this list of peculiar measures:

  • Football fields
  • Double-decker buses
  • Wembley Stadiums
  • Central Parks

What other “units of measurement” irk you that you’d be happy to see banished?

Author: Dave

Dave is many things. Most importantly, he's a husband and a father to Ellie and Jack. Almost as important, he's British (though he lives in Florida). Following on from there, he's a WordPress developer and civil engineer, has an unhealthy love of hummus, is vegan, likes cider, wants to travel to Iceland and Japan, loves solving puzzles and is a realist.

1 thought on “Olympic-sized swimming pools”

  1. You forget the eternal measurement of “piece of string”
    My particular irk is tennis courts – does it include the run off area or not?

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