Thursday, March 25, 2010

30 or 60

Do you think the non-30 or 60 increments of time feel slighted?  Almost all TV shows begin at the 1/2 hour or the hour.  Most people's work begins on them also!

When you make arrangements to meet someone, do you ever say I will meet you at 8:07 PM?  The 15 minute increments also get some play but not the lowly 3 or 7 or 9 or etc.. Actually the prime numbers seem to be even more prejudiced against (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59 - though sometimes 5 gets some play, do you think is because most of them are odd?). 

It is just like money,when anything is $19.99 we think oh $20.  All of the lotto games seem to have a whole million $ prize.  How often do you use pennies?  (Actually we tend to use our credit card so I don't carry any change with me.)  There was a recommendation that the Treasury stop making pennies (one reason is that it costs more than a penny to make a penny), but there was a great outcry (one reason was due to the inflation built into going to $.05 increments) even though most people do not use pennies anymore!

I guess we will leave for choir practice at 1923, showing that I care about the poor unused minutes!

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 
-- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

2 is not equal to 3 - not even for very large values of 2. Grabel's Law

Women have a passion for mathematics. They divide their age in half, double the price of their clothes, and always add at least five years to the age of their best friend. Marcel Achard

In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.  Steven Wright

number (n)
1 an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity and used in counting and making calculations and for showing order in a series or for identification
2 a quantity or amount 
ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French nombre (noun), nombrer (verb), from Latin numerus

1 comment:

  1. My college room mate scheduled her wedding for 3:07 p.m. so people would remember the time...