By The Numbers: Miscellaneous

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Air Travel

Percentage of flights where all customers are requested to place their rollaboard suitcases in wheels-first: 99.3%

Raw number of flights where this request is followed: 0

Average time elapsed between the co-pilot telling passengers to “remain seated until the plane comes to a complete stop and the seat belt sign is turned off”, and the sign actually turning off, as measured over my last 10 flights: 9.8 seconds


Maximum number of blue ribbons won by Pabst Blue Ribbon: 1

Year in which that solitary blue ribbon was won: 18931

Years they’ve been milking it: 119


Date a purchased item shipped: April 9, 2012 1:45 PM

Date the item arrived: April 11, 2012 10:50 AM

Date I received an email containing the item’s tracking info: April 14, 2012 10:46 AM


  1. According to Wikipedia, it’s possible the beer’s name comes not from an award but from the company’s practice of tying blue ribbons around the necks of beer bottles in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

    Additionally, the award it may (or may not) have won in 1893 might have been a bronze medal, not a blue ribbon. Pabst Bronze Medal doesn’t sound very good, especially given the third-place connotations the Olympics have given to bronze. ↩︎

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