The Rabbit hole

I'm the one who broke the promise.

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DayZ adventures

To be honest DayZ is one of the strangest games I’ve ever played. It’s also one of my favourite. I spent 3 days gathering supplies to build a base and guns to defend it, then I accidentally walked off a steep ledge, broke my legs and got eaten by zombies. You’d think I’d be pissed but funny enough I was just more determined than ever, servers restart generally every 3 hours to stop them from crashing and restart scripts anew, but it also deletes old bodies. I had 30 minutes to make it back to my body to get the gear I worked for or it was gone for good. On the way I got killed 3 more times by other players. And that’s why I love it, in a game that can be best described as a “running through the forest for 2 hours” emulator all of a sudden everything can change when you meet a player, you either panic and die, make a new friend or become a killer yourself. I think that’s why it’s so interesting. I had a chance to kill the player that got me about 30 mins before he killed me and I didn’t take it, that cost me, but other times it might work out for the best, he could be an unwilling distraction for zombies or a new ally. Basically DayZ is good and fun go play it. Oh also I got my gear back so ha ha silly player you stopped nothing!

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longlivevanderjesus asked: Why do tampons come in packs of 96? Why not 100?

edwardspoonhands:

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.