# Measure the dune ornithopter fuel in decaliters

i’m sorry it won’t let me choose wishlist,

as the scene where paul declares ‘there must be millions of decaliters’ has been leaving audiences on the floor laughing for 40 years, the fuel should be measured in decaliters, because it’s funnier that way

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Dune is my #1 sci-fi book since I first read it in 1971! I’m with you on this one!

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I don’t get it. It’s ten (10) liters or 20.6 US Imperial Gallons. Maybe it’s funnier if they use (inaccurately) Drachms, which is yet another unit of measurement randomly tossed out by Herbert in the series.

Decalitres, while technically a valid metric unit, is not one that anyone ever uses. It’s like how you might measure mass in milligrams, grams, or kilograms, but you’ll never hear anyone anywhere use centigrams or decagrams even though they are both perfectly valid according to metric standards.

If I’m understanding @SwordofWhedon’s point correctly, it’s that Frank Herbert, as an American author who was not accustomed to using metric units, probably looked up the metric system in a book while researching Dune but was unaware how metric units are actually used in day-to-day practice. Thus we get a passage of text in the novel where Paul describes something as being measured in decalitres.

Of course, it’s also possible that Herbert knew exactly what he was doing and wrote it that way on purpose to show that humans 20,000 years in the future will use decaliters as a unit of measurement thus contributing to the world building of his setting by contrasting his characters with present-day humans.

Edit: also, why describe something as being “millions of decaliters”? Just say megaliters in that case!

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It’s from the David Lynch movie, but the script was written by European. You are correct that nobody who uses the metric system ever uses the term which is why it makes everyone laugh so hard because it’s so out of place

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Hi! Polish guy here Just a fun fact - lots of older people here use decagrams, usually when buying vegetables, fruit etc. at street markets.

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The snake oil I buy every week at the pharmacy to stop aging is still paid in Shillings like I used to do when I was 60!
But they accept only €…

How many decaliters is the ornitocopter using every hundred miles? Are cockpit screenshots already available? I have just seen a trailer a few weeks (or was it months?) ago.
It should be easy to create a cockpit texture with decaL or Decaliter or DL or a similar label for the fuel gauge

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You crack me up every time, hilarious, thank you

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Yes but it’s funnier when it’s official

The point is to celebrate the absurdity

It’s just a simple little thing that’ll make a lot of people laugh

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i’m very sad you didn’t take this wonderful opportunity to celebrate the legacy of the franchise. There’s still time in a patch