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An acre is a unit of measurement of area. It’s used in countries that haven’t yet gone metric. In countries that have gone metric, the standard unit of measurement of large areas is a hectare. If you are in a country that has gone metric and you are, like me, an old fogey, you probably still think in acres.

When I hear the word acre I invariably think of the old television show Green Acres, which was an unbelievably stupid, mindless show, but I watched it unfailingly nonetheless. Whenever I think of the show Green Acres, its theme song, “Green Acres is the place to be. Farm living is the life for me. …” plays incessantly in my head for days. Damn! I hate that song. Besides, I’m a big-city guy through and through. Farm living is definitely not for me.

If you don’t have a sense of how big an acre is, here’s something that might help you visualize it: An acre is a little smaller than a standard American football field.

If you don’t have a sense of how big a standard American football field is, here’s something that might help you visualize it: A standard American football field is a little larger than an acre.

Alternatively, a reference to the metric system might help some people to visualize the size of an acre. An acre is roughly 40 percent of the size of a hectare. Note: That’s hectare, not Hector. The surface area of Hector, who, according to Greek mythology, was killed by Achilles, was undoubtably considerably smaller than an acre, let alone a hectare.

You’re welcome. I’m glad I was able to help with that.

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