Monday, September 6, 2010

Things that should not surprise me, a trained scientist, and yet here I am. Eternally surprised.

1. 3:30 pm feels like the middle of the afternoon, but it is only thirty minutes away from 4:00, the start of the suppertime scramble.

1a. 3:45 rounds up to 4:00, so 3:30 is only fifteen minutes away from “almost suppertime.”

2. If you are supposed to be somewhere at noon and it takes thirty minutes to get there, then you can’t leave at noon. You have to leave at 11:30.

2a. 11:00 is only fifteen minutes away from 11:15, which is “almost time to leave.”

3. The empty dishwasher appears to have plenty of room inside, but this is because it is empty. One should therefore avoid putting dishes in all willy-nilly because this will only cause immense irritation later, when the dishwasher is almost full.

4. Ten transactions at approximately $20 apiece adds up to approximately $200. This is true even though $20 is so much less than $200.


Anonymous said...

Life has it's own way of showing us things.
Love from your anonymous Mom.

Swistle said...

Number four got an audible laugh. The rest got appreciative smiles, but only four got a genuine, actual, literal LOL.

Rah said...

This could be a fun list. My surprising awareness: Two pounds gained, repeated over time, becomes more than two pounds.

Erin said...

I recently came to the realization that, for me, the road to financial ruin is paved in $20 bills. Because $20 is not much. But, as you rightly pointed out, 5 or 10 of them is $100 or $200. And for us, sometimes $100 or $200 is the difference between "OK" and ... less than "OK" at the end of the month.

I've been trying to remember that more, but you know, it's "just $20!"

Farmer's City Wife said...

Oh goodness, that was hilarious! It was eerily similar to my recent discoveries... especially #'s... well... all of them! (although #2 never ceases to amaze me)