How long exactly is a "Cotton picking minute"?
is it 60 seconds, like a standard minute?
- sciencewizLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
For the benefit of the above posters, a cotton-picking minute (CPM) is most definitely not equivalent to a NY minute (NYM). Anyone who lives in the State knows that a NY minute comprises less than 60 seconds. The actual equation for a NY minute is:
NYM = 60sec/((b+1)*2)
Where "b" is equivalent to the # of times you beep your horn per mile. Thus a NYM varies with relative environmental influences (time of day, traffic, weather, etc).
A cotton-picking minute, on the otherhand, actually comprises a period of time longer than 60 seconds. The equation to calculate a CPM is:
CPM= 60sec + (H/2)
Where H is the relative % humidity. Humidity rather than temperature had a great impact on the rate of cotton picked by those harvesting the crop by hand, as you can well imagine. Thus it plays an integral role in determination of how long a CPM is. Like a NYM, a CPM is ultimately influenced by environmental factors, and therefore it's value can vary.
Hope this helps clarify things.
- 1 decade ago
First of all, a "New York minute" is 30 seconds because the City moves twice as fast as anywhere else. A "Cotton picking minute" is 1,920 years long, when the first Cotton picking machine was invented to pick cotton in 60 seconds.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_picker
- TrueMetalLv 41 decade ago
I think that Buggs Bunny is the only one to ask that question. But I believe that it probably has origins in agriculture where poor (don't forget slavery and racism issue) people were the only ones that picked the cotton. So the line "cotton picking" is like an insult. Kinda like saying get your crappy hands of me or wait a F****n minute! Well i hope this gives you some insight. I hope :)
- joshcatingLv 41 decade ago
60 seconds, but you have to pick cotton during the minute
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- malroymckLv 51 decade ago
It means the time taken to pick cotton in one minute. No matter how minutes are described, they are all the same time frame. 69 seconds
- gvaporcarbLv 61 decade ago
No, It's just a bit Less, Roughly the Equivalent of "A New York Minute," which has Yet to be Precisely Determined.Source(s): Yahoo Q & A = The "Source" of The Force!
- classicLv 61 decade ago
About as long as a New York Minute.
- wi_saintLv 61 decade ago
If you have ever picked cotton, then you would know that it is ALL DAY!
- ₦âħí»€GLv 61 decade ago
No it's quicker, usually faster than a tick jumping up when he falls on a hot griddle.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
it is 60 seconds, it's just a phrase that people use - don't ask me why.