## December 31, 2011

### "Twelve times two is the number of light bulbs in a case."

"Four cases of lightbulbs is four lightbulbs short of a hundred which is a nice round decimal number for being in the teens."
At twelve o'clock noon there will be twelve hours left to drop oneself into the Althouse vortex and pass through the Amazon portal and search:

SYLVANIA 12709 100-Watt 130-Volt A19 Household Bulb, 24 Pack.

and change quantity to four in the blue box and then hit 'buy now with one click.' For the children. Think of the children.

Twelve is the number of dollars I will charge for each lightbulb in the 100 watt incandescentless future.

Twelve is the number of steps in the Hoarders Anonymous program.

Twelve is the number of times I will kick myself in the ass when the feckless government changes the law back and this whole lightbulb thing proves nothing but nonsense.
Chip Ahoy in the "Let's talk about 12" comments thread.

#### 18 comments:

The Crack Emcee said...

Numbered lists are part of the problem:

Life's Complexity Made Easy (For Really Slow Learners,...)

Ann Althouse said...

Speaking of numbers, Crack, I will leave this one up, but I'm not going to let you link to the same post on your blog over and over on different posts.

Parker Smith said...

Perhaps the limit should be twelve times?

shiloh said...

Hey

If you can, please give \$3 or more today:

For the children. Think of the children.

Althouse

gregwithtwogs said...

Maybe I'll be the 12th to submit comments!

gregwithtwogs said...

Darn, only the 5th.

EDH said...

I see where this whole discussion is headed, and it's just getting gross.

A gross is equal to a dozen dozen, i.e. 12 × 12 = 144.

It can be used in duodecimal counting. The use of gross likely originated from the fact that 144 can be counted on the fingers using the fingertips and first two joints of each finger when marked by the thumb of one hand. The other hand is then used to count multiples of 12. Therefore, 12 countings of 12 equals 144. It is a simple counting system that can be practiced without paper or other marks.

The term is often used in commercial contexts implying a quantity of 144 items. A count of 1728 or a dozen gross equals a great gross.

The Crack Emcee said...

Ann Althouse,

Speaking of numbers, Crack, I will leave this one up, but I'm not going to let you link to the same post on your blog over and over on different posts.

Fair enough. Happy New Year!

gadfly said...
Lem said...

For the children. Think of the children.

Chip rules.

Lem said...

..so I tend to think we've identified the "bad faithers." Meade says "There are about a dozen. Call them 'The Dirty Dozen.'"

Buy them in memory of the bad faithers.. so that one day they may see the light and rejoin the community of commenters.

wv arian : Ron Paul readers ;)

madAsHell said...

I purchased four dozen 60 watt bulbs, and the same quantity of 75 watt bulbs.

When that's done, I'm shopping in Canada.

Anne B. said...

"Twelve is the number of times I will kick myself in the ass when the feckless government changes the law back and this whole lightbulb thing proves nothing but nonsense."

Why kick yourself? It's not as though lightbulbs go stale. Use 'em in your own good time and enjoy the soft white glow.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Ahem....my birthday is on the twelfth day of Christmas. I will be 50 plus twelve years old as well.

That is extremely significant and somehow important and an epiphany.....I guess.

:-D

@ Chip...don't worry. Incandescent bulbs don't spoil in storage.

Indigo Red said...

Not 12, but a nice convergence.

Dec 31, 1879, Thomas Edison lit-up Menlo Park, NJ for his first publc demonstration of the incandescent light bulb.

DADvocate said...

Number Twelve Looks Just Like You - The Twilight Zone

DADvocate said...

my birthday is on the twelfth day of Christmas.

My oldest son's birthday is on Dec. 12. This year his birthday will be oni 12/12/12. He'll be 24, i.e. 12 + 12,

Alan said...

I'm not going to hoard 100-watt bulbs. Instead, I'm buying two-socket lamp adapters. Take that, greenies!