Washington, D.C.: The "gajillion" has been added to the official U.S. System of Weights and Measures.

"This new unit will sit well alongside such units as the perch, fathom, chain, furlong, dram, hundredweight, bushel, peck, gill, hogshead and firkin", said one official.

"Did you know that we have nine different scales for weighing paper, with 26 different names?", added a second official.

"Just what the hell is a firkin anyway?", asked another.