Sunday, December 07, 2008

About six apparently equals five

I had the utmost pleasure of hosting Krildog and Lady Krildog this weekend to watch the Colts play the Cincinnati Bengals. As I tried to be a conscientious host, I wanted to make sure they had some snacks for the game. An avid Target shopper, I bought their "Archer Farms" potato skins. Curiously, the box said there were "about six" potato skins in each package.

I wondered: how many is "about six?" Well, considering the fact that both boxes contained five potato skins, I now know the answer to one of life's greatest riddles. About six really equals five.

You can apply that axiom to every aspect of your life.

If you hear an announcer say, "He gains about six yards"...

You'll know that's five yards.

Find a meal that serves "about six?"

Be sure you only invite five people.

Your friend tell you he's going to be there around six?

Be sure to be ready early...because he'll be there at five.

I think you get the idea.

It wouldn't bother me so much if we were talking about a box of fish sticks that could potentially have "about 40" fish sticks inside. What I found particularly amusing in this case is that we're dealing with such a small number...six...and wound up with less than that amount. I guess I should just count myself lucky that "about six" doesn't really equal four. Because that would REALLY suck.

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