Unusual Units of Measurement

If someone actually drank a "butt load" of wine, they'd be in big trouble. The word butt comes from a Medieval French and Italian word for boot, "botte." One butt of wine equals 126 U.S. gallons (about 477 liters). Two butts equals one tun, and two hogsheads equals one butt.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A "dash" of an ingredient in cooking is exactly 1/8 of a teaspoon. 00:37

  2. A "hogshead" is a unit of measurement for wine, which equals 63 gallons. A "butt" equals two hogsheads. 01:55

  3. An "oxgang" is a unit of measurement used to measure an area of land approximately equivalent to 15 acres. 06:30

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Curiosity Staff
August 20, 2015