It is one of those things that are very dificult to explain. And if you try to explain it, you will almost inevitably end up in the realm of NSFW.
I am — of course — talking about The Marquardt Scale
If you followed any of the recent Everest Trek coverage over on The Rest of Everest
or if you have listened to the Everest Trek 2010 announcement
on Tips from the Top Floor, you will already know what that scale is about. If not, it's about time you found out.
I came up with the scale on the Trek in May. Even though it was a silly idea at first, it almost immediately stuck with everyone on the trek and it was used daily by virtually every trek member.
During our dinner in Lukla on the last day of the trek, the usage of the Marquardt Scale finally found its culmination in Jon Miller's immortal words: "I just had five one-point-eights within thirty minutes!"
Well, but what is The Marquardt Scale
In describing what that scale is lies my biggest difficulty. I would love to be able to explain it in one or two short sentences in a way that is completely family safe. Can you help?
Here are the rules:
# Leave a comment to this blog post with a short explanation about what the Marquardt Scale is.
# It should be no longer than 25 words.
# Make it funny, make it wacky, make it family safe.
# Only one entry per participant.# Update: the scale officially starts at 1.0 and ends at 2.0 because it should be analog to "number one" or "number two", which is used by parents in some English speaking countries to avoid having to say the more obvious words in front of their children. Massive bonus points if you manage to work that into your explanation.
If you already submitted an answer before this update, your personal number of acceptable entries is automatically extended to two
. (e.g. feel free to go again)
# The jury (Jon Miller, Monika Andrae and myself) will choose the winner based on a top secret selection process.
# The jury reserves the right to not use any of the handed in entries for any reason.
# All entries have to be in by Nov/27. Later entries will not be accepted unless the jury really loves them.
# The prize is an awesome TFTTF Everest Trek t-shirt that was hand-embroidered in Kathmandu.
# Anyone apart from jury members can participate. This includes the 2009 Everest Trek participants.
Now DIG IN!