Third one today. I need to get out of the house more. Although I did go shopping today...
Since my posts have been really serious so far...I thought I'd end tonight on a light note.
So I was reading Sara Bareilles's blog and she mentioned the "jiffy" as being an actual unit of time...so, naturally, I Googled. And guess what? The woman wa'nt lyin'.
In the words of Wikipedia (AKA any random stranger with internet access and at least one finger-type appendage (minds out of the gutter, children)):
"The earliest technical use for jiffy was defined by Gilbert Newton Lewis (1875-1946). He proposed a unit of time called the "jiffy" which was equal to the time it takes light to travel one centimetre (approximately 33.3564 picoseconds). It has since been redefined for different measurements depending on the field of study."
Sketchy, yes...but due to the spelling of "centimetre" being kind of British, and the use of "picoseconds," of which I have never heard...I'd say it's for real.
So next time you say you'll "be back in a jiffy," recognize that no, you really won't.