February 25, 2005
Girl Scout Crookies
Today is the best day of the year. Better than my birthday, Thanksgiving, and even better than Christmas (sorry God). It's Girl Scout Cookie Day. Like a time capsule of peanut butter goodness, my all-but-forgotten order of Tagalongs placed back in December finally came in today. At $3.50 a box, this goodness isn't exactly a bargain, but it's for a worthwhile cause, and certainly worth it.
On a lark, I checked the Nutritional Information, just to see what my $3.50 bought me. Let's see... 2 cookies per serving, 8 servings a box. 16 cookies. Okay, not much, but that's okay.
Sorry, I clipped the "Carbs" info from the photo. Trust me though, these things aren't Atkins-approved.
So I opened up the box. Those first five cookies greeted me like old friends. Friends that I'd eaten.
Wait a second.... Five? Since when is 16 a multiple of five? I used all of my math skills to possibly figure out what was going on, but it just didn't compute. So I pulled out the whole tray, and sure enough, only 15 cookies. What the? Did the Girl Scout packing my box not get her Math Badge yet?
I checked the side of the box again. "Servings per container: About 8" About?? There's no about about it. It's 7.5. "About" is what you say for a bag of Doritos, when that last serving consists of crumbs at the bottom of the bag and the orange goop on your fingers. Or when you're not exactly sure how much product will make it into the container. This box has individual holders for each cookie, which, in addition to lovingly preserving the structural integrity of each cookie, also make it clear how many cookies are going into this box.
Now, I know, back in grammar school, we were taught that when rounding to whole numbers, ".5" gets round up. But it's not like they rounded up to save space on the box. "7.5" isn't exactly pi. It just takes two digits and a period. In fact, it takes up less room than "About 8." Those Girl Scouts ripped me off!
I see a strongly worded letter in my future. And 7.5 glasses of milk.Posted by Kevin at February 25, 2005 07:11 PM