Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Fun with math

Is someone handing Jan Risher a rubber biscuit?
"I got tips on how to pace myself with my limited quantity of beads. I learned most float riders spent about $1,000 on beads. By my estimation, members of the Rio krewe spent $200,000 or more on beads."
Most float riders spend about $1000 on beads. Uhm ... really? A quick search leads me to conclude that $1000 would buy you over 20,000 strings of metallic beads. At $35 for a case of 60 dozen, that makes 28 cases per rider. So ... If Rio spent $200,000 on beads, they would have 4,000,000 strings. If 50 people were on the float (a very high estimate, I believe), that means each person tossed 80,000 strings. I guess that sounds right, Jan. What do the other Martians think?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not hard to get up to $1000.

You're right that you can get a lot of 48s for $1000. In fact, if that's all you're going to throw, you only need about $500. But when you load the float, your pile will look pretty small compared to people who are perched on top of their pile like a monkey on an elephant.

What drives up the cost is the stuffed animals and the big long beads (48s USED to be long beads). And then the special medallions and stuff for people you know along the route etc, etc. And then you start to think, I've got to have some of these and how can I not get some of those, and of course I need some frisbees, and I can't roll without some bobbleheads, and it's all downhill from there.

It can add up quickly. And try not to look at your pile and think about it too long, 'cos you'll find yourself heading out to get more beads.

2/22/2006 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's some guys in Endy who spend upwards of $2000 - so I always figured the average as $1000.

2/22/2006 04:11:00 PM  
Blogger Suspect Device said...

Dang. Think of all the scag you could buy with that.

2/22/2006 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Is scag the same as quain?

2/22/2006 07:13:00 PM  

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