Just your basic New Year's puzzle.

What do the following quantities have in common?

  • 6 gigabytes
  • 35 hours
  • 50 hours
  • 1 millimeter
  • 3 imperial gallons

Cryptic hint:

Briefly, cover your bases.

Explicit hint:

Use abbreviations, and think "basic" in a mathematical sense.

up vote 14 down vote accepted

They all are

Equal to 2017 in different bases, using unit abbreviations

6 gigabytes

6GB (base 17) -> 2017 (base 10)

35 hours

35H (base 25) -> 2017 (base 10)

50 hours

50H (base 20) -> 2017 (base 10)

1 millimeter

1MM (base 35) -> 2017 (base 10)

3 imperial gallons

3IG (base 23) -> 2017 (base 10)

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