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- n. A unit of measure of pulchritude, corresponding to the amount of beauty required to launch one ship.
The one I remembered was millihelen, the amount of beauty required to launch just one ship.
Besides the examples I have given above, there are two units of measurement named for women: the curie (named for Marie, not Pierre) and the millihelen, the unit of beauty needed to launch one ship.
Martin Harris Slobodkin Cambridge, Massachusetts If the milli-helen of W.K. Viertel [III, 4] is accepted by the American National Metric Council, they will probably insist that it be written millihelen, i.e., without the hyphen.
Since it is planned to eventually substitute 3.6 megajoule (symbol MJ) for a kilowatt-hour, the redefinition of millihelen to helen could be done at the same time.