I really wanted to write something scandalous. Lamentably, I couldn't think of anything scandalous. Nothing even close to interesting. So I thought I'd write about something I think about now and again.
I think about this kinda stuff quite a bit. And since I've run out of things to talk about that would be deemed "blogworthy", I figured I'd go ahead and post my most inner thoughts. Just to let everyone know I'm still around, and because this is something I have thought about since I was a kid.
Numbers are a fickle thing. Some people would look down upon it if they were to get a hundred dollars from someone, or if they were to win in a contest, or just some random source. It wouldn't be enough for them. Other people consider themselves a hundred dollars richer! They could pay off a bill, and maybe have a li'l extra to spend on some awesome item they really want.
And even for those people who are not happy with 100 dollars because it's not enough, they would not be happy with 100 mosquito bites, because ironically, that would be way too many. The only time 100 'squito bites is too few is when it happens to someone that you really don't like. While that sounds mean, it's undeniable that most people engage in a little Schadenfreud now and again. I'm not saying that I do, but other people, of course. Of course ;)
When it comes to pizza, cake, pies, or anything that comes in "pieces" or "slices", we can alter the perceptions of other people by saying, "I only had one piece of cake/one slice of pizza/etc.!" It is to our own discretion as to whether or not we choose to disclose the size of the "piece".
ou can't do that with Reese's Pieces or other such candies, even though they are technically "pieces", because the size is invariable. You'd have to go by "handfuls". Again, whether you wanna tell people how much a handful is, if your hand was overflowing with candies, or if you used both hands, is your business. You could also sorta consider this in terms of cooking.
When someone says a "pinch" or gives a more specific measurement of something, that does not necessarily mean thats all that you need. If I like more of a certain spice, I may add a little more. And maybe my pinch is larger or smaller than someone else's pinch. So if someone says "add to taste", you just throw it in until the flavour is enough to spark your tastebuds. When you eat something tasty-good, but not-so-good-for-you, you can always just say, "I just ate them to taste" and either someone will ask what you're talking about, or just drop it as they try to pretend like they know what you're talking about.
"One bite" doesn't sound so bad. But sometimes it's that "One more bite" that gets ya, especially when you've had several "one more bites".
It's like a couple of days ago I was stung by a yellow jacket. I'd never been stung before! Not by any kind of bee-thing or scorpions. I am *mumble* years old and never been stung until a couple days ago. My philosophy is the cliche, "There's a first time for everything", and if it happens, especially if it's a freak accident, the likelihood that it will happen again is pretty slim. But, I was also stung one time too many in all my *mumble* years!
And I still haven't figured out the statistics when it comes to shark attacks and lightening! They say you're more likely to be struck by lightening than attacked by a shark. But I am assuming this is because more people are exposed to lightening than to sharks. I am in search of a better statistic, something that will illustrate it in a more similar way how likely I am to be bitten by a shark if I choose to risk it and go into the ocean, or even a river. When it comes to statistics, it's easy to mislead, even if they give definite numbers. For instance, how many people go into the water and are attacked by sharks. How many of those people go into the water and are perfectly safe? And how many people go all the time and have never had an incident with a shark. Notice how people talk about smoking? They never tell you how many smokers never have a single smoking-related health problem, only those who have. But when it comes to an approved drug that "allegedly" causes health problems, they try to tone down the negative statistics.
But back to pieces and slices. When it comes to when to use "how much" or "how many", it can be confusing! You'd ask someone how much they want to drink, and how many french fries they would like, as an instance. That has nothing to do with what I'm talking about, really. That was just a rule I came across in a grammar book some time ago. I liked to look through the sentences and try to see if I could get them right.
If you win a one-year supply of a food, the quantity is determined by how you view the quality. If you love it, a year's supply may not sound like enough, but if you hate it, then your cabinets will be way too full! When you flip through the T.V. stations and can't find a single thing on, decide whether you have too many stations, or not enough. That's a tough one because even if you had more channels, you still might not find anything to suit your viewing satisfaction. But what I hate the most is when you flip, can't find anything, and suddenly at 8 o'clock Thursday, all the shows you'd really have much interest in watching are on at the same time! If you have a shoe collection with 500 shoes, that's a lotta shoes, but if you don't have a single pair in that collection that fits or is not falling apart, then you really don't have any shoes.
You go in to look for a pencil and you have 70-billion pens! But you can't find a pencil. Doesn't that drive ya nuts? Anyway, you go to look for your pencil and can't find it, and then when you need a blue or black pen, you can only find pencils. Again, this is not so much what I was talking about when it comes to the whole "perception" thing, but I really wanna know WHY this happens! When I'm looking for the pink something-or-other I can find every other colour but! And when I need the red one, there's the pink one!
So when it comes to numbers, there really is no such thing as "too many" or "not enough". I guess it just depends on what you have, whether or not you like it, if you need it, and if it works. It's all a matter of perception.
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