Leon, a listener from KUNR in Truckee, CA, strumbled upon a word he had to share:
The Google Earth measurement tool contained a most unusual term for a unit of measurement, “smoots.” This led me immediately to Wikipedia for a definition. This word is the first I have encountered with the second thought (after what does it mean) this is a great word for Says You!
Richard used “smoot” in two rounds on measurement, once in season eight and again in season twelve. In 1958, Oliver R. Smoot, the shortest of that year’s Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity pledges, was used to measure the Harvard Bridge between Boston and Cambridge. Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity members remember the prank by marking the bridge in smoots every year. It’s become such a staple that when the bridge was renovated in 2014 concrete slabs were scored in smoots and the light posts were spread 30 smoots apart.