Archive for June 27th, 2011

Now I can estimate how many more bars of soap I’ll buy before I die

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Now I’ve got myself a soap clock. Back in January, 2008, I bought a 16- pack of soap at Costco.  After bringing it home, I was inspired to write a post called “How many more bars of soap will I buy before I die?”

As of today, the last bar of soap from that pack is almost gone. My house has several bathrooms, and I tend to use one of them, almost exclusively, and that’s were that pack of soap was located. Therefore, I can attribute most of the soap use to me. Therefore, I used 16 bars of soap in about 42 months, meaning I use a bar of soap every 2.6 months or, conversely, I use .38 bars of soap per month.

Now, going to the life expectancy tables, I see that I will likely live till age 93, but that seems awfully generous.  This clock says I’ll only live until Thursday, February 7, 2030 (19 more years).   And here is a detailed calculator that takes into account many factors, and it tells me I’ll live until 83, which means I’ll live 28 more years.   28 years = 336 months.   Sounds like a good average.

All I needed to do was translate years into bars of soap, and that is accomplished with simple multiplication: 336 month x .38 bars/month = 127 bars of soap.  If I keep buying big 16-bar value packs, I’m only going to buy 8 more packs of soap before I die.   This makes soap a precious commodity, indeed.   On the other hand, anything you regularly use (pens, eggs, birthday cakes) can serve as a clock.

In case you think I’m obsessed with death, you’re probably right--this is one of the sites that fascinate me.

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A most unusual museum in Cambodia

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A most unusual museum in Cambodia

Have you ever been to a landmine museum? Neither have I, but two friends just returned from incredibly beautiful country of Cambodia, which is still feeling the effects of horrific periods of war and unrest. And one can still find live landmines–there are millions of them in Cambodia, many of those landmines being “found” by current amputees. Which leads to the story of the Cambodia Landmine Museum, founded by a man named Aki Ra. His goal: “I want to make my country safe for my people.”

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