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Six miles of villi

Heard at a first aid class where I earned a 2-yr certification for a 3-hr class. Woot.

Instructor: How long is the small intestine?

Fellow classmate: Oh, it's like six miles long.

Good to know that if I need to escape from an airplane, I can just repel down someone's small intestine (not mine, of course).

In hindsight, I should not have snickered and snorted. I thought she was kidding. She was serious. The instructor acted as if she was talking to a 3-yr-old and replied, "Close, it's about 20 feet long." I liked her idea of distance. On walks, I am going to walk like fifty miles or about 170 feet, whichever comes sooner.

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ex_chose
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
six...miles? oy.
lipsoflove
Jun. 27th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
"Close, it's about 20 feet long."
I giggled for 5 minutes after reading that.
the_mikor
Jun. 27th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
being a canadian... I don't understand this feet to miles thing... how many feet are in a mile? :S
rozae
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
5,280 feet in a mile. :]
the_mikor
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
thanks! ^_^
rozae
Jun. 28th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
You're welcome :D
rinalia
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
5,280! So, it would be like 31,000 feet long! Or nearly 10 kilometers! Crazy long.
the_mikor
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
10km??

whoooa
yah that would be good to scale down from an airplane on... if only the small intestine wasn't so damn flimsy and broke easily.... :P
lipsoflove
Jun. 28th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
There are 5,280 feet in one mile.
....so she was a little far off.
:o)
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