Posted by Marcus on January 20, 2001
In Reply to: Re: "Enough to float a Battleship" posted by Barney on January 18, 2001
: : : Any one use or know why this phrase is used, example..I have
: : : enough paper clips to float a battleship...someone commented why wouldnt it be to sink a
: : : battleship. I thought launch,set to float....any info on this one
: : : you might have enough paper clips to float a battleship by virtue of the the tonnage of paper clips that could be converted into a battleship. that's a lot of paper clips. I know a lot battleships get converted into razor blades. that's a bunch of razor blades. i've always heard "He drank enough beer last night to float a battleship." now that's a lot of beer.
: : on the other hand, ..."enough bullshit to float a battleship" is another term of endearment that gets bandied about at times too.
: By virtue of the laws of physics anything that floats displaces its own weight of the liquid in which it floats. Hence, the expression 'enough ... to float a battleship' implies a huge amount of whatever is specified, by virtue of the fact that battleships generally weigh in at tens of thousands of tons.
: Just thought you ought to know.
: that's a bunch of beer...