A quantity of fame, fifteen-minutes-worth. Jocular use, late 20th – early 21st century. From the famous remark by the artist Andy Warhol (1928?–1987) that in the future everyone would enjoy 15 minutes of fame.
Kenneth C. Green. Converge, August 2000. Digital Tweed Column. “Who gets the Warhol unit (15 minutes of fame) when someone takes your work?”
Michael P. McHugh. mpmchugh.com, a personal home page. August 19, 2000. “The USC Chronicle actually wrote a story about me (counts for 2 Warhol units).”
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