Uni-Kane is pretty excited about the football game today. maybe not for the same reason as the rest of Chicago.
longlivevanderjesus said: Why do tampons come in packs of 96? Why not 100?
I wish I knew…and this is a bigger question than you think you’re asking. When we count we go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and then we start over again, just changing the second number, 11, 12, 13…etc. This is called “base 10”. The base is the number that you have to hit before moving a decimal place over. We use base ten, presumably, 100% because we have ten fingers.
However, 12 is possibly a better choice. Ten is only divisible by 1, 2, 5, and 10 while 12 is divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12. So for a lot of applications, base 12 is easier to use. And we do use base 12, just not very often or very precisely. Every time you say “two dozen” you’re using base 12. Or, in the case of your pack of tampons, eight dozen.
Why we use dozens isn’t exactly clear…it may be just because it’s mathematically convenient…or it may be good for marketing reasons (96 might sound more impressive than 100.) Or maybe it’s because there are roughly 12 lunar cycles per year (which is where we get the 12 months.)
We don’t really know…but beer, soda, eggs, and tampons…all come in dozens…for reasons that stretch back, possibly, to the very beginning of counting. Which is REALLY COOL.
This contains spoilers about the Doctor Who episode “Into the Dalek.” If you haven’t seen it, and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read ahead.
I’ve watched “Into the Dalek” twice now, thought about it for a day and am still not sure what to think. I know I wanted to like it a lot, but can I?
Here’s the thing. I am loving Peter Capaldi as The Doctor so far. His acerbic, no-nonsense Doctor trying to find himself is just what I wanted, and what I think the program needed right now. His realistic handling of the male soldier getting attacked by Dalek antibodies, for instance, was right on target. I also am loving the post-Impossible Girl Clara. She’s smart, challenges Doc on his approach to things, but is also fiercely loyal and supportive.
I really enjoyed the Dalek battle scenes a lot too. The exploding Daleks were fantastically done, and it’s the best representation of Daleks in the new series since “Dalek” for me. In addition, the episode was gorgeously shot and beautifully directed. That being said, the one word that comes to mind to describe “Into the Dalek” is disappointing.
I figured out the whole plot pretty much from go, which made it less fun. Given that “Deep Breath” had established characters and references, I would have hoped the second episode, Capaldi’s first without the crutch of Matt Smith’s appearance, would be more standalone. A Dalek showing the Doctor that he has a bit of Dalek to him as well is nothing new to the series. I got practically knocked unconscious being hit on the head with portrayals of soldiers and just how complex they can be. Yes, soldiers are put in tough situations, and have to do things they don’t often like, but they have feeeeeeeelings too, dontcha know?
I’m already bored with Missy and couldn’t care less about what that is about. I really hope that doesn’t pop up every time this series, or it’s not as simple as it seems. If all of the characters who sacrifice themselves go to her “heaven” that will be a short mystery indeed. I was also uncomfortable with a couple things Clara did. First off, I thought the slap was inappropriate, unnecessary and bad form to present to children as a solution to the situation. She’s smarter than that and could have gotten her point across in words. I also wasn’t keen on the “too bad for you I’m gonna jet off now” look Clara gave Journey Blue when the Doctor rejects her wish to join the TARDIS crew. I think Clara would have a bit more sympathy, especially given what Journey just went through.
I’m also disappointed in the early introduction of Danny Pink. Can we just go a bit longer without a love interest for Clara? They spent all this time in “Deep Breath” showing how independent Clara can be, and that we didn’t need a young handsome guy on the show flirting to make it interesting. They should have allowed a few more episodes to establish this new Doctor-companion relationship dynamic before adding that element.
So that’s it. I liked it visually and thought it had sharp dialogue, yet the implications for the series overall were maddening.
What say ye?
Babies! We’re so happy to share the news about our new arrivals—penguin chicks! Read more about these special ambassadors in The Boston Globe. (Photo: David Ryan, The Boston Globe)
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