calvinmicklefinger - 9:55 pm on Jun 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
I learned about Angstrom and his units back in 1958 when I entered the army at a very young and tender age.
I was assigned to the radar unit of a Nike missle site defending Gary, Indiana, from the "Commie" threat. On my first day in the radar trailer, I was sent to the Quartermaster and told to bring back a bucket of Angstrom units. As soon as the Quartermaster chuckled and sent me off to the Mess Sergeant, I knew I was being "had." I spent the rest of the day going from one old hand to another, having a nice time wandering around the base and relaxing. That night I immediately went to the library and looked up Angstrom Units.
Remembered it ever since. It still surprises me how few folks with Electrical Engineering or Computer Science degrees know what it is.
Cheers, and thanks again.