Statistics Saturday: Some Lists


  • Ten Exhalations
  • Beatles Songs By U2
  • Fifteen Things You Were Going To Get Back To When You Had The Time
  • Twenty Thunderstorms the Forecast for Which Changed Away About Two Hours Before They Could Have Broken This Heat Wave Finally
  • Best Eight Episodes Of The 90s Get Smart Revival
  • Ten Thumbs In Alphabetical Order
  • Top Five Political Stories In Peanuts
  • Sixteen Turtles All The Way Down
  • Twenty Plays Of “Wonderwall” In A Row
  • Twelve Boring Technocratic Micromanagement Video Games Besides the Time Zone One
  • U2 Songs By Taylor Swift
  • Twelve Imaginary Numbers
  • Fifteen Innuendos about Plastic-Man that do not Logically Hold Up Under Scrutiny
  • Ten Things There’s No Telling Whether Are Heated Online Debates Or Just Social Media Dadaist Comedy
  • Unamusement Parks of the Mid-Atlantic States

Reference: Numerical Recipes in C, William Press, William Vetterling, Brian Flannery, and Saul Teukolsky.

Statistics Saturday: The Numbers One Through Twelve Rewritten So They Have That Number Of Letters In Their Name


  1. n
  2. tu
  3. tri
  4. four
  5. fiive
  6. siicks
  7. seveven
  8. eiighght
  9. niiiiiine
  10. teeeeeeeen
  11. elleveveven
  12. twelelelvvve

How-To: Make A List


  1. Select a topic.
  2. Write down a bunch of numbers, or maybe letters if you like those as indices better.
  3. Reconsider whether you should’ve picked another topic.
  4. No, no, the first one’s fine.
  5. Put something on the list.
  6. Put another thing on the list.
  7. Put something on the list that you can cross right out, for a feeling of better accomplishment.
  8. Find something that doesn’t really belong on the list, don’t put it on.
  9. Put something on the list just to show you still can.
  10. Find something that doesn’t really belong on the list, do put it on to show the list who’s in charge.
  11. Add something to get to a nice round number like twelve items.
  12. Maybe have no idea but add something to the list because a list with an odd number of things seems so freakishly wrong unless the number is five.
  13. Remember that thing that was going to be on the list but you forgot to add it earlier, possibly because you were in the shower and that helped you think of it.

Another Blog, Meanwhile Index

The Another Blog, Meanwhile index rose seven points to 106 today, surprising everybody. Coincidentally the rival Another Blog, Meanwhile index started by those dissidents also rose by seven points, resulting in accusations of plagiarism and poor sportsmanship. The rival index’s sponsors say this was just another coincidence and they’re sure that as different views on the fundamentals develop we’ll see more divergence between the indices, by which they mean any at all.

106

Statistics Saturday: Eight Statistics Saturday Posts


To close out Me Week, how about some of lists of stuff that I liked?

And because the world is confusing and hurt-y, here’s one more. The Ingredients List For Libby’s 29 oz Can of 100% Pure Pumpkin brings a refreshing calm and sense of place to everything. I hope this helps.

Twelve Things Only Rarely Mistaken For Pinball Machines Or One Another


  1. Washcloths.
  2. Date nut shortbread cookies.
  3. Snails which race in the Indianapolis 500.
  4. Stained glass.
  5. That crossword puzzle plagiarism scandal.
  6. Deceased New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.
  7. The “Cover Up” pricing game on The Price Is Right.
  8. Integration by trigonometric substitution.
  9. Those seats in the movie theater lobby that demonstrate how the new premium-experience movie theater is kind of like the ordinary movie theaters, only the seats can shake I guess, so you understand why that’s a worthwhile upcharge when you go to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 For Some Reason?
  10. Isobaric lines.
  11. Band stickers for guitar cases.
  12. Hipster coffee shop Wi-fi password “GoneWireless”.

Statistics Saturday: The Whole Numbers One Hundred Through One Hundred Twenty Written In Alphabetical Orders


[ Please be warned, LFFL! More whole-number ordering is ahead, as I said would come in time! ]

Investigation into this problem revealed that while most people would call the number 100 “one hundred”, there are ambiguities about whether, say, “106” should be “one hundred six”, “a hundred and six”, or “one-oh-six”, and whether it should be “a hundred and thirteen” or “a hundred thirteen” or the like, and therefore different alphabetizations are sensible. Therefore selected alphabetizations are provided for your convenience.

Alphabetical Order (The First)

  1. 100
  2. 108
  3. 118
  4. 111
  5. 115
  6. 105
  7. 104
  8. 114
  9. 109
  10. 119
  11. 101
  12. 107
  13. 117
  14. 106
  15. 116
  16. 110
  17. 113
  18. 103
  19. 112
  20. 120
  21. 102

Alphabetical Order (The Second)

  1. 100
  2. 108
  3. 111
  4. 105
  5. 104
  6. 109
  7. 101
  8. 107
  9. 106
  10. 110
  11. 103
  12. 112
  13. 102
  14. 118
  15. 115
  16. 114
  17. 119
  18. 117
  19. 116
  20. 113
  21. 120

Alphabetical Order (The Third)

  1. 118
  2. 111
  3. 115
  4. 114
  5. 100
  6. 119
  7. 108
  8. 105
  9. 104
  10. 109
  11. 101
  12. 107
  13. 106
  14. 103
  15. 102
  16. 117
  17. 116
  18. 110
  19. 113
  20. 112
  21. 120

Statistics Saturday: The Whole Numbers Zero Through Twenty In No Particular Order Of Any Interest


  1. Eleven
  2. Three
  3. Zero
  4. Seventeen
  5. Fourteen
  6. Thirteen
  7. Eight
  8. Nineteen
  9. Sixteen
  10. Four
  11. Eighteen
  12. One
  13. Ten
  14. Five
  15. Seven
  16. Twelve
  17. Two
  18. Nine
  19. Fifteen
  20. Six
  21. Twenty

Another View Of The United States


Based on the graphics I see passed around the friends of my Twitter feed, it’s really popular to make maps that equate states of the United States (America) to nations of the world, in terms of population, or gross domestic product, or area, or what have you. And since lists of statistics are unmistakably the most popular thing I write around here, let me get in on the action. For your convenience, here’s a list of the fifty certified United States matched up with one of the world’s nations that has just as many letters in the name.

United State Matches Nation
Alabama Uruguay
Alaska Belize
Arizona Burundi
Arkansas Kiribati
California Kyrgyzstan
Colorado Malaysia
Connecticut Cook Islands
Delaware Dominica
Florida Lebanon
Georgia Georgia
Hawaii Latvia
Idaho Japan
Illinois Mongolia
Indiana Romania
Iowa Peru
Kansas Mexico
Kentucky Portugal
Louisiana Nicaragua
Maine Qatar
Maryland Slovenia
Massachusetts Cayman Islands
Michigan Paraguay
Minnesota Venezuela
Mississippi Philippines
Missouri Slovakia
Montana Tunisia
Nebraska Barbados
Nevada Greece
New Hampshire Turkmenistan
New Jersey Singapore
New Mexico Argentina
New York Estonia
North Carolina United Kingdom
North Dakota Sierra Leone
Ohio Mali
Oklahoma Honduras
Oregon Jordan
Pennsylvania United States
Rhode Island Saint Helena
South Carolina Virgin Islands
South Dakota Switzerland
Tennessee Macedonia
Texas Haiti
Utah Oman
Vermont Nigeria
Virginia Djibouti
Washington Bangladesh
West Virginia Guinea-Bissau
Wisconsin Lithuania
Wyoming Jamaica

I just hope that someone finds this list and discovers how very much time it saves having it on hand.

Oh, I should have made this a picture, shouldn’t I? Too bad.

My January 2014 Popularity Contest


Since it’s a new month and all that, let me look back at how successful it was in terms of being read. According to WordPress for January 2014, I had 337 views — up from 301 in December 2013 — but only 153 unique visitors — down from 168 — which has this silver lining: the number of pages each visitor looked at, on average, rose from 1.79 to 2.20. That’s heartening, because I like to think they’re not just reading the spaces and the paragraph breaks, as there’s not enough of that to be a fifth of a page. There’ve ben only two months where I had a higher views-per-visitor ratio, and this puts me even with February 2013, when I started, which is about what I should have expected.

Anyway, the most popular articles of the past thirty days haven’t included any of the silent movies or S J Perelman bits, which is a bit heartening. The top of them — there was a four-way tie for fourth place — comes to:

  1. Poising For Success, for which I might have accidentally optimized my search engineness.
  2. Giving The People What They Want, my yielding to the fact that Kinks allusions and lists of countries are well-liked, and you all thought I was kidding.
  3. I Dance Horribly, a confession.
  4. Unbeknownst, about a word I thought had fallen out of use, and which hasn’t, and boy do people like reading about that fact.
  5. Why It Is Known As Frontier Airlines, which is probably popular because I was venting my frustration at the airline.
  6. The Mysteries Of Modern Recording, about trying to figure out how this weird Hanna-Barbera record could have existed.
  7. Statistics Saturday, again, giving in to how lists of stuff are popular and see if they’re not.

The countries sending me the most readers this time around were the United States (261), Canada (19), and the United Kingdom (11). There were only five countries sending me a lone reader: Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. None of them were on the roster of single-visitor countries last time, so I’m working my way through the world, eventually. I should get souvenirs.

It didn’t make the monthly top roster, but for a short while this week How I Started Consulting was one of the top-articles-of-the-last-day (or however it is they judge the things on the sidebar there), and I looked at it and realized I had forgotten it entirely and was pretty amused by the thing, so let me throw that in as something I liked and maybe you will too if you haven’t seen it already.

Some Dangerous Kangaroos


  1. The Western Middling Light Grey (not particularly dangerous in itself, but it smells so very much like a fried clam dish from that stall in the mall food court that nobody, nobody, has ever been seen eating from as to be distracting)
  2. The Razor-Beaked Wallaby
  3. Gorndrak, the Marsupial-Spirit of Unproductive Workdays
  4. The Antilopine Gossiping Kangaroo (its passive-aggressiveness can drive people mad)
  5. Red Kangaroos Driving Without Their Prescription Eyeglasses
  6. Trinitrootoluene