In Search of the Happiness Max
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.

You live somewhere where they come in packs of 96???

I think this is one where asking a woman about products designed for them really helps.

Here’s an idea: you’re not meant to keep a tampon in for more than 8 hours, and you only generally would do that at night, I figure I use about four a day. In the UK, tampons are generally sold in packs of 8, 16, and 32. I reckon that’s expected to be two days, four days, and eight days. 96 divided by 4 is 24. It’s just an extension of the more usual amount.

fozmeadows:

tonystarklordofwinterfell:

So, I was at lunch with a friend and his sister after seeing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, catching up on stuff and talk turned to the new series of Doctor Who - our expectations, Peter Capaldi, Jenna possibly leaving, the Matt Smith era - and his sister suddenly raises an interesting point.

"Isn’t the Matt Smith era kind of similar to Twilight?"

This caused both my friend and I to pause, and look at each other with a similar expression of puzzlement.

"Yeah - I mean the storyline is very similar," she continued "The main female character has to choose between two men from different races, makes her choice and has baby. Baby grows up abnormally fast, and ends up marrying the other man."

Despite how this theory glosses over some of the plot, it still kind of stunned me as I realisation slowly dawned on me.

I had watched a sci-fi variant of Twilight.

OH MY ACTUAL GOD

cute little theif!

cute little theif!

lacigreen:

onemaytolerateaworldfullofdemons:

The only sort of pictures you should be reblogging of Jennifer Lawrence

have unfollowed 20+ blogs on here already and i will unfollow anyone else who reblogs nude photos taken NON-CONSENSUALLY from these women.  it is sexual violation (fueled by the objectification of women) and anybody who participates that is the literal scum of the earth

Jennifer Lawrence is a goddess and you will respect her.

Young men need to be socialized in such a way that rape is as unthinkable to them as cannibalism.

Mary Pipher, Clinical Psychologist and Author, Reviving Ophelia (via sunshine-machine)

this should have been reblogged a million times already.

(via sukedada)

And remember, they are socialized to accept rape culture as “masculinity” and “normal.” This isn’t inherent biology. So they can be socialized away from it. This quote = everything.

(via babyperez)

callmebliss:

wintesoldieriscoming:

monets:

Mark Ruffalo meets Lou Ferrigno at SDCC 2014 

I have to say, my favorite part of this is that just before the cast signing Lou Ferrigno was on Marvel Live and he told Agent M that he wanted to meet Mark Ruffalo. So you could see him go straight for Ruffalo on the feed. And you knew those security guards weren’t going to challenge the Hulk…

Hulk-hugs! Eeeeeeee!

Look at Mark’s face in that second gif, though. He knows what an honour this is.

lifeislikeabadrpg:

uglylilmonster:

lifeislikeabadrpg:

"Don’t be defined by your condition" often seems to mean "pretend your condition doesn’t shape your life or else".

"Don’t let [traumatic life-altering event that causes long-term emotional, mental, and physical health problems] define you" often seems to mean "stop talking about [traumatic life-altering event] and pretend it never happened and doesn’t shape your life or else".

This is an important point.

donteversayrocknroll:

mvgl:

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 2x09 - “Cased Up” (November 11, 1991)

fuck

:( So little changes.

A Dance with Dragons: Daenerys treads water for 900 pages waiting for other people to reach her.
That’s it. That’s the book.

A Dance with Dragons: Daenerys treads water for 900 pages waiting for other people to reach her.

That’s it. That’s the book.