A jocular unit from MIT students, 1972 – present, a unit of volume equal to the volume of the indentation made in asphalt pavement by an upright piano falling from a height of 6 stories, determined experimentally to be 1,158 cubic centimeters.
A parody of the method for measuring, e.g., brinell hardness.
T. F. Peterson.
Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT.
Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, 2003.
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