Petition to make "Hella" the prefix for 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000


54 Responses to “Petition to make "Hella" the prefix for 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000”

  1. Anonymous says:

    that’s a hellauva lotta numbers!

  2. License Farm says:

    I’m so glad I’m the first one who can say:


  3. akicif says:

    It’s a silly idea: there’s already xona, weka, vunda, uda, treda and so on (okay, the last three are just proposals). Not to mention it’s anglosphere-parochial.

    On the other hand, being a silly idea doesn’t mean it’s a bad one….

    • Anonymous says:

      heh, vunda, I like that, particular for the measurement of pressures. I suppose it wouldn’t be very practical though, it seems that under 1 vundabar most materials would collapse into singularity.

  4. RadioGuy says:

    And now, having done the above math, I find myself wondering if you could fit every song that’s ever been recorded onto that hard drive.

    I have no frame of reference to even begin to guess at the number of songs recorded since the invention of audio recording technology.

    Anyone want to propose an estimate?

    • SamSam says:

      It doesn’t matter how you calculate the number of songs ever recorded, since 1 hellabyte would be waaaaaaay bigger than what you would need.

      Think of it this way: the total number of people that have ever lived is on the order of 100 billion, or 10^11. Suppose every single person that had ever lived in all of history recorded 1000 songs. That’s 10^14. Suppose every one of those songs was 10 megabytes, or 10^7 bytes. Then the total bytes, if every person that had ever lived in the world recorded 1000 high-fidelity songs, would be 10^21 bytes. That’s still a million times less than the space on one hellabyte drive.

      • RadioGuy says:

        That makes sense. I could’ve googled for “number of people who have ever lived” myself, but it didn’t occur to me at that moment.

        Grasping the sheer magnitude of “quintillion” is a bit difficult.

        So, when can I get a hellabyte iPod?!

        “Every song that will ever be recorded until the heat-death of the universe, in your pocket.”

  5. JoshP says:

    look… it could be in esperanto or something…helladeal :)

  6. Teller says:

    + Brilliant idea
    - Finite

  7. PauloButt says:

    It’s times like this that I wish petitions on the internet were good for anything.

  8. juancb says:

    That is so hella NorCal! Much love, I hope they succeed in their endeavors.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Concaine is a hella’of a drug

  10. scruss says:

    10^30 really needs to be Effin.

  11. elguapostrikes says:

    but how many songs can fit on a hellabyte harddrive?

    • RadioGuy says:

      Assuming an average song is 3.5 minutes long, and you’re encoding at 128 kbps constant-bit-rate:

      (3.5 min/song × 60 sec/min) × ((128 kbits/sec ÷ 8 bits/byte) × 1024 bytes/kbyte)
      = 210 sec/song × 16 kbytes/sec × 1024 bytes/kbyte
      = 3440640 bytes/song

      A one hellabyte hard drive (assuming base-10 size notation and 0% filesystem overhead) has 10^27 bytes:

      10^27 bytes/drive ÷ 3440640 bytes/song
      = (approx) 290643601190476190476.190 songs/drive
      = (approx) 290.644 exasongs/drive

      So, around 290 quintillion songs (290 million trillion songs) would fit on a hellabyte hard drive.

  12. semiotix says:

    Well, onto 10^30. I propose “salada-”.

    “Jupiter weighs about 2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 grams.”
    “Wow, that’s saladagrams!”

    (Old tea commercial joke is old.)

  13. Anonymous says:

    going hand in hand withthis, we could create a new word for “Many”: “Valota” This when you have 10^27 of something you’ve got a hella-valota that thing.

  14. hisdevineshadow says:

    The following people are going to have a conniption!

    From wikipedia: In 1997, Kleberg County Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt “heaven-o” as the official greeting of the county instead of “hello”.[4] Kleberg County residents are now encouraged to use “heaven-o” to acknowledge one another. The reason cited for the change was the fact that hello contains the word hell, even though there is no etymological connection.

    A South Texas man who campaigned to replace ”hello” with ”heaveno” has had plenty of opportunities to use his new greeting.

    Kingsville resident Leonso Canales Jr. has been inundated with telephone calls since he successfully lobbied Kleberg County commissioners last month to designate ”heaveno” as the county’s official greeting.

  15. GuidoDavid says:

    As non-native English speaker, can somebody explain the joke to me? Thanks

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  17. _OM_ says:

    …I could see Gwen Stefani trying to sue over this, claiming this movement was infringing on one of her songs. Remember, this is the same bimbo who had her attorneys look into suing all those Harajuku girls who were dressing up like her because she didn’t have clue one what that whole cosplay scene was all about.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m supporting it just for the hellabit!

  19. elk says:

    That’s a cute and spirited idea, but I wonder if that would cheapen the context of something like the national dept, or other negatives, and leave a less than impactful impression, giving people one more reason to get back to their lattes and SUV’s.

  20. SamSam says:

    I think it could be great. “Hellatons” and “hellawatts” actually sound very scientific and professional already. (I would have made their first example in the petition “hellaatoms” — that one just sounds dumb.

    They didn’t mention what 10^-27 would be in their petition. I have to agree with the commentor above that, to keep with standards, it would have to be “hello-” as in “hellowatts.” That’s a little unfortunate, but not too bad.


    @GuidoDavid: If you read the petition, you’ll see that “hella” is California surfer slang for “very” or “lots,” as in “that’s hella big” or (from the petition) “there are hella stars out tonight.

  21. Anonymous says:

    that would be hella cool.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I suggest creating a new unit of measurement to be called the valat (pronounced vaLOTT). Thus 10 to the 27th valats would be a hellavalat.

  23. GuidoDavid says:

    Hellathanks, SamSam!

  24. IrishmanErrant says:

    This was, quite literally, the best thing I’ve read all day. I nearly fell out of my seat laughing.

  25. Anonymous says:


  26. Anonymous says:

    Eric Cartman would be pleased.

  27. Anonymous says:

    As a Masshole, I think that’s wicked lame.

  28. Anonymous says:

    10^-27 can be “holla”!

    • Comrade7 says:

      how about hella- (10^27) and hecka- (10^-27)? Although hecka is pretty similar to deca which could be confusing.

  29. Anonymous says:

    How about alota and alita for prefixs

  30. Anonymous says:

    This is great and the possibilities are endless you could for instance have a hella of HeLa cells . . .

  31. Anonymous says:

    Best idea ever.

  32. Zadaz says:

    It would certainly make international units of measure more poular among 12 to 16 year-olds.

  33. Zadaz says:

    It would certainly make international units of measure more poular among 12 to 16 year-olds.

    • Anonymous says:

      I remember “hella” being current slang among 18-year-olds at least 15 years ago. Those people would be in their mid-thirties now, though I haven’t seen any of them in a long time.

  34. coldspell says:

    I’m trying to brainstorm a corresponding prefix for 10^-27.

    How about “shitfor-”, as in “We only measured 13 shitforwatts”?

  35. Benjamin Stürmer says:

    I’m going to sign this petition, just for the hellabit.


  36. Anonymous says:

    10^42 to 10^100

    (1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000; 100014; short scale: one tredecillion; long scale: one septillion)

    This number already exists and has its name.

    Am I missing something?

  37. Anonymous says:

    Then what about the lower boundary? Yotta has the counterpart Yocto so will Hella counterpart be Hello?

  38. Alex says:

    In other news, Zimbabwe today announced plans to print its first helladollar bills.

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  40. Anonymous says:

    not to be a downer or anything, but I think it would make hella- as in hella-cool less appealing… but I could be wrong.

  41. zikman says:

    I don’t like it. Not one bit.

    Well, maybe a little bit.

  42. querent says:

    I guess that’s cool. Pretty funny.

  43. mdh says:

    i think of hella as 10^1995

  44. Lt DirtyFreq says:

    damn kids & their rap…. always making me laugh….. so sad…. LOL

    • bornonbord says:

      Ok friends… ‘hella’ may have been cool 15 years ago, but it is still quite mainstream in many circles (read: California), even if it is less of a trend. The fact that it originated a while time ago just means that it has become embedded in the vernacular of a larger span of ages. And, why not? After all, ‘hella’ DOES mean a lot.

  45. noneofyourbusiness says:

    Bay Area represent, yo.

  46. danarmak says:

    This is perhaps too obvious, but what about “lotta”?

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