Statistics Saturday: How Many Things It Takes To Make A Hundred Of Things


Thing How Many It Takes To Have A “Hundred” Of That Thing
Bowstaves, oars, and staves for hogsheads, as well as other certain types of pieces of wood 120
Canvas and linen cloth 120
Cod, Ling (which turns out to be cod), and Haberdine (which is also cod) 124
Dried fish that’s somehow not just cod? 160
Drinking glasses 100, mercifully
Eggs 120
Fish, not excluding herring 120
Onions, Garlic 225
Pins, Nails 120
Sheep or lambs, in Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire 106

Reference: http://www.sizes.com/units/hundred.htm, from the Index to Units and Systems of Units page, which is just absorbing every minute of my time anymore because there’s things like a “stathmos” that’s equal to “about five parasangs”, which clears up things if you’re in Ancient Greece and taking units from the Persians when they aren’t looking.

Warmed Over


See, what my subject line the other day when I talked about cutting wood meant was that Benjamin Franklin had this bit where he said, “Cut your own wood and it will warm you twice,” which for Franklin is actually being fairly pithy. He did come from an era where everybody sounded like they were a contentious sub-lease agreement. Anyway, I just didn’t expect after spending a couple hours chopping blocks of wood apart that now I’d have to spend the afternoon putting the blasted things back together so don’t even start with me, Franklin.

Also, Just Hush, Benjamin Franklin


Yup, so, I was out cutting wood today. It was wood I was fully authorized to cut. And really, what better way is there of cutting wood than hauling a big metal thing and swinging it down on an unsuspecting spider (sorry about that, spider), until you lose all sensation in your arms?

Obviously, the better approach is to simply grow smaller trees, ones that never get to more than about a foot, maybe a foot and a half, tall, so you can skip the cutting altogether. Better than that, though? Hire an itinerant woolly mammoth to grab the blocks in his trunk and toss them from a great height into Pointy Rock Canyon. Then even if the rocks don’t split the wood up right, you’ll still have lost them in a canyon, thus solving the problem.