Tuesday, November 28, 2006

What do you call this thing: @

Germs don't stick to stainless steel and porcelain, that's why they are used to make sinks and toilets. This is called minimal bacterial adherence.

The first time a John Wayne movie was shown on TV, more people saw that movie than had seen all of John Wayne's pictures in theaters. This is called reach.

The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939 but did not make a profit until it was shown on TV in 1956. This is called creative accounting.

If you took all of the gold ever discovered throughout history and today it would fit into the bottom 1/3 of the Washington Monument (which is 555 feet/159m tall). This is called a good investment.
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@ was originally the abbreviation for the word amphora, a unit of measurement, although it later became a symbol for the word "at" (as in two dozen @ 50 cents a dozen).

3 comments:

The Phoenix said...

I've heard Willie Nelson talking about "Creative Accounting" before. I hear Wesley Snipes has also perfecting the art.
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" The accounting provisions which are contained in the studios' SPDs (Standard Profit Definition) make it difficult, if not mathematically impossible in many cases, for net profits ever to be achieved. It may be said in jest, although there is a great deal of truth in the statement, that the studios' SPDs are designed not to achieve net profits, and therefore, not to pay any share to profit participants, even though the motion picture may have achieved an economic net profit according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)."

:P fuzzbox said...

Around here things are measured by three basic units of measurement. About that much, a little bit more, and quite a dab.
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as in: "I need quite a dab of strang"

Anonymous said...

I thought it was called an "ampersand". Shows how much I know . . .