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Our biggest accomplishment this weekend was finally getting caught up on Lost. My brother gave me the season one DVD set for my birthday, and the DVR has been saving all the episodes so far this season in glorious high definition.

I love the show. But something about Lost has been bugging me.

When Hurley goes to Australia to talk to the crazy guy's boss's wife, she says that her husband used the spooky magic island numbers to guess the number of beans in a pony-sized jar (thus cursing him forever). But that doesn't work. One naturally assumes that he guessed 4,815,162,342 beans.

That's an unimaginable quantity of beans. Assuming a very small bean -- maybe something smaller than a pea, displacing (on average) a quarter inch in each dimension...

*punching on calculator*

That's 43,539 ft3 of beans! The interior of our house, floor to ceiling, is less than half that volume.

Even assuming that someone in Austraila has a jar of beans about 50 feet in diamater and 25 feet high, counting the beans in the jar is a pretty big problem to begin with. Let's say you paid someone to count beans 16 hours a day, and they were able to manage 2 beans a second. A single person would complete this task after about 115 years.

Current Mood: inquisitive

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yellzer From: yellzer Date: October 11th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dork :P~~
From: chrysus Date: October 11th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
The doctor trying to amputate the guy's leg with the DULL sliding door thing didn't bother you at all?
jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 12th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I was under the impression that they had sharpened the bottom edge of the container door with a rock.

And, of course, I was disappointed when Jack didn't go through with it. That would have been awesome.
From: chrysus Date: October 13th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
it showed the bottom in many shots. it was still like half an inch thick.
yellzer From: yellzer Date: October 12th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't you think that maybe just maybe he used the sum 108 instead.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 12th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
She said the jar was the size of a pony. Apparently in Australia they compare things to farm animals to establish volume.

Besides that, she said people had been guessing for fifty years.
From: just_joolie Date: October 12th, 2005 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
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