A scale regularly assess the screwed-upness of a situation, where a worth of '1' indicates that a scenario is just a little screwed-up, whilst a value of 'dead' indicates that situation is extremely screwed-up and absolutely nothing can be carried out about it. Unlike the greater commonly used scale of one to ten, a scale of 1 to dead implies that the specific situation was already screwed up and all sorts of that you can do now's to limit the damage. The scale is therefore used to determine exactly how much damage control can be done, of course an even more sensible choice wouldn't be to just prevent the whole thing. Often found in reference to exams, tests and sexual health centers. Variants include "a scale of just one to fucked", and "a scale of just one to OMG we are all going to die".