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So, the other week [livejournal.com profile] rdeck and I were out for a meal and we had coffee (stop snickering in the back there, please, of COURSE we had coffee...) and, well, he takes sugar in his coffee and I don't. So he asks me to pass the sugar, and I grab a pair of sugar packets from the holder on the table. One of them... catches my eye:



Somebody thought that number was significant enough to bother writing down... and then put the thing they wrote it down ON back into the sugar holder thingy on the table in a restaurant and walked away.

So what was it - important, or throwaway? What possible context would there be for such a large number of zeros? Were they talking about the number of stars in the sky? The number of seconds for which they had missed their own true love who was far far away? The national debt...?

What do you think?...

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Date: 2009-05-06 12:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] newroticgirl.livejournal.com
The number of grains of sugar in the top secret storage bins of Ambiance Sugar, Inc? ;)

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Date: 2009-05-06 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halspacejock.livejournal.com
It's just a price - they obviously bought the sugar sachets in from Zimbabwe.

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Date: 2009-05-06 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aeriedraconia.livejournal.com
Nah, it's too small for the national debt. ;-)

I like the number of stars there are in the sky best, I think.

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Date: 2009-05-06 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] khiemtran.livejournal.com
Proxima Centauri is around 40 trillion kms from here. A little googling shows one site that gives exactly 39.96 trillion kms (ie. the number of the sugar sachet), but most sites give 4.243 ly, which is just over 40.14 trillion kms.

So, either they googled badly, or maybe they don't have enough fuel...

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Date: 2009-05-06 08:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tychist.livejournal.com
No of patches required to make Windows 7 stable?

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Date: 2009-05-06 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beth-bernobich.livejournal.com
A ransome note!

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Date: 2009-05-06 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lmarley.livejournal.com
the number of sugar grains in the packet?

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Date: 2009-05-06 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skogkatt.livejournal.com
The amount of time it will take for the sugar to be pressed into diamonds.

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Date: 2009-05-06 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writerjenn.livejournal.com
I don't know, but I think this little incident is begging to be put into a book.

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