# Thread: are we a bunch of sheep?

1. ## are we a bunch of sheep?

in the past week or 2 I've seen 3 separate statements that "a billion seconds ago
it was 1959" including a thread here, and in our local newspaper. As best I can figure
a billion seconds is about 31.7 years. Soooooooo, either my math skills are kaput or
this got posted on some forum and everyone took it as gospel and repeated it, making
it seem even more real by repetition. If so, the ability of the web to spread erroneous
information is really something to behold! Or are we just too lazy to question statistics,
especially if they support out cause?

2. Originally Posted by 35634
in the past week or 2 I've seen 3 separate statements that "a billion seconds ago
it was 1959" including a thread here, and in our local newspaper. As best I can figure
a billion seconds is about 31.7 years. Soooooooo, either my math skills are kaput or
this got posted on some forum and everyone took it as gospel and repeated it, making
it seem even more real by repetition. If so, the ability of the web to spread erroneous
information is really something to behold! Or are we just too lazy to question statistics,
especially if they support out cause?
you know all those obnoxious people that send you dumb forwards?

blame people who do stuff like that.

3. ## Baaaaa

I'm a sheep but I've discovered some wolves look like sheep.

4. The stuff on the 'net is not all true?

5. ## You're just caught up in that whole reality based reality thing.

Must be the new dawn.

6. Baaa

7. ## Counting sheep and counting seconds

Time is relative, Mr. Watson

So a billon seconds or a billon sheep, who gives a holy hell?

Flip the page!

Funny story:

When I was about 26, my new wife and I purchased some land which we could barely afford the payment, more less build something on it..

Anyways we had this hair brained idea that we would raise Dorset’s (sheep) on our land and get rich! This is WAY before the days of the internet, but we managed to figure out how much we could make on the wool, lambs per sheep!

So one balmy summer evening in the Colorado foothills My wife and I set around talking about our future, and after consuming a big bottle of Ch?óteau Figeac 1968 setting back on a hill surrounded by choke cherries and nesting hummingbirds buzzing the sky all around us, (where we years later built our first house), we started counting all the money we would make raising 500 sheep on our 35 acres! We were adding up on our fingers, and contemplating the price of wool we would get, and through Cabernet Sauvignon calculations came up with making gross \$500,000 on our ewes, which way back when in 1980 after taxes, mortgages living expenses and everything else had us really thinking we hit on a really good way to make a living! Why had not somebody thought of this before?

500 times 100 is NOT 500,000, its 50,000 which would not have begun to carry all the debt we had at that stage in life. We both started laughing at our stupidity, laugh at the number of zeros and how they could affect the big slice of pie... and never bought a sheep.

Years later, we still laugh at the Dorset sheep debacle!

Goes to show you, never count sheep, you bunch of ewes!

8. Originally Posted by redclfco
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When I was about 26, my new wife and I purchased some land which we could barley afford the payment,
Do sheep eat barley? I am sorry, but you are a questionable source young man!

Now I have to find that thing and check all the facts. I hate that.

9. Originally Posted by 35634
Or are we just too lazy to question statistics,
especially if they support out cause?
You are aware, of course, that 95.65% of the statistics you hear are wrong.

10. Originally Posted by 35634
Or are we just too lazy to question...
...anything.

It just isn't cool to question anything...and anyone that does, becomes very unpopular.

11. Originally Posted by 35634
in the past week or 2 I've seen 3 separate statements that "a billion seconds ago
it was 1959" including a thread here, and in our local newspaper. As best I can figure
a billion seconds is about 31.7 years. Soooooooo, either my math skills are kaput or
this got posted on some forum and everyone took it as gospel and repeated it, making
it seem even more real by repetition. If so, the ability of the web to spread erroneous
information is really something to behold! Or are we just too lazy to question statistics,
especially if they support out cause?
Maybe Doc Brown got out of the Delorean to make the initial post, and at the time, he was correct.

12. Originally Posted by AKBeemer
You are aware, of course, that 95.65% of the statistics you hear are wrong.
Some are only right by coincidence. Remember that a stopped watch is correct twice a day.

Really, 96.28 % of the statistics you hear are really made up.

tb

13. ## Stats

[QUOTE]
Originally Posted by bullit7801
Some are only right by coincidence. Remember that a stopped watch is correct twice a day.

Really, 96.28 % of the statistics you hear are really made up.

You made that up right??? How are the books???.....Just kidding

14. ## Questions are not cool

Originally Posted by GlobalRider
...anything.

It just isn't cool to question anything...and anyone that does, becomes very unpopular.
Hey man...What are you saying??????

Breeze

15. ## the truth

I once heard that "the truth" is anything that you can get someone else to believe. If you belive that then I guess with enough of a following, anything could be "true".

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