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Counting by Cameron

July 5th, 2006 12:46 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Count or measure something that has never been counted or measured before. How many CDs can you label with one sharpie? How long does it take for all the ketchup to run out of the bottle? How many times does a trafic light change in an hour? How many licks does it taket to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

What do you wonder about? Find out and let us know.

In my house, there is a kitchen.
In that kitchen, there is a drawer.
In that drawer, there are bottlecaps
Lots, and lots of bottlecaps.

Since we moved in, in 2001, bottles of beer and/or soda have deposited thier caps in this drawer. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's the drawer with the bottleopener in it, so it makes it convienent. It has been emptied only once before and only by half. But recently, it's been over-flowing again. Instead of just throwing them out, I have decided to count them.

I took them into a box at first, and began to lay them out, one handful at a time. It became clear that the vast majority were Pabst bottlecaps, and so I began to count them seperately. It was like archeology, or geology. The brands changed through the strata. We used to drink a lot more Pabst when we made less money, but now the layers are permeated with more expensive bottlecaps, including several Chimay corks.

It took me quite some time, but in the end, this was the count:

Pabst: 521
Non-Pabst: 1474
Total: 1996

10 Corks
2 hand washes
19 waves of counting
averaging 3 handfuls each
and 2.75 hours

When I told my roomate the total count of 1996, he threw his hands in the air, and loudly proclaimed:

Four More Beers! Four More Beers!

I took a picture of him.

When finished returned only the Pabst caps to the drawer, to create a good seed for the next fill. The rest, I am keeping, for now.

- smaller

The Box

The Box

The Counting Table

The Counting Table

War of the Brands

War of the Brands

A constellation of Pabst

A constellation of Pabst

A Galaxy of Pabst

A Galaxy of Pabst

1,474 bottlecaps in a bag

1,474 bottlecaps in a bag

The Tally Sheet

The Tally Sheet

The New Drawer

The New Drawer



11 vote(s)


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12 comment(s)

Will you make exact change?
posted by Jason 7au on July 5th, 2006 12:50 PM

When finished returned only the Pabst caps to the drawer, to create a good seed for the next fill. The rest, I am keeping, for now.

Yeah, I bet. I see another task completion coming up...

Also: your roommate's response made me grin.

posted by Cameron on July 5th, 2006 12:54 PM

You're on to my evil scheme for sure.

Also, I almsot died laughing so hard at my roommate. I don't know how I took a picture.

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posted by Aaron on July 5th, 2006 1:00 PM

Party at your place. You seem to know how to throw them.

Party Place?
posted by Cameron on July 5th, 2006 1:06 PM

I suppose that's true. We have drifted away from beer when my roommate built a full blown bar with some 20 odd types of whisky alone. I'm trying to work pictures of that into a task somewheres.

Here's some more counting and math.

4 years 10 months in residence
At least half the beer bottlecaps don't make it into the drawer
it's been cleaned once.

I estimate 6000 beers consumed in that house
over ~252 weeks

Average of 23 beers a week
between an average of 4.5 people (3 roomates, 1-2 guests)

Average of 5 beers per person, per week.

Sounds about right...

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posted by SF0 Police on July 5th, 2006 1:11 PM

Young man, you drink a lot of beer.

Cheese it!
posted by Cameron on July 5th, 2006 1:12 PM

It's the fuzz! Everyone scatter!

posted by ambitron indifornian on July 5th, 2006 1:16 PM

i had to vote because i love pabst.

and because you are insane.

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posted by Fenton Crackshell on July 5th, 2006 2:09 PM

shit i started collecting caps too, thinking i might do the evil scheme you are planning, but alas, i will not repeat an implementation when the task affords so much flexibility.

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posted by Cameron on July 5th, 2006 2:19 PM

Hey, don't let me stop your master plan. I haven't decided on how it's gonna go down yet.

Some thoughts:
posted by Al gae on July 5th, 2006 8:26 PM

1. Thank goodness you're cleaning out that drawer! It has been bugging me for years. :)
2. My g-d, who has 2.5 hours to count bottlecaps?
3. We've been dating since 1996! Numerology is nifty.
4. Strata! Cool!
5. Hmm.... you do drink a lot of beer.
6. No NO! Please, don't keep that box!
7. Other things to do with the 'caps: a bottle cap map of the US would be kinda cool....

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posted by Stone Saints on July 7th, 2006 12:43 PM

Woot! Good counting:)

If you were playing Fallout
posted by Ombwah on October 30th, 2010 11:09 AM

you'd be a wealthy man.