“The late, great C. Northcote Parkinson had, as one of the many corollaries to the famous Parkinson’s Law, one that went something like this:
“The amount of time spent on an item in a budget meeting is inversely proportional to the dollar amount of the particular item.”
And, as usual, his reasoning made sense: the human mind doesn’t easily grasp very large numbers ($10,000,000? $100,000,000? If someone put in an extra zero, how quick would you be to spot this tenfold mistake?) On the other hand, everyone has seen, say, a paper clip, and for damn sure knows how much a box of them ought to cost.
So…as of October 4, 2011, we have Greece headed for the toilet at relativistic speeds, probably dragging the whole EU with them…Obama playing Casey Jones to the coming train wreck of the U.S. economy…and how many people commenting on an article about the $16 charge to the government for a muffin?
5,682, at :1:27 AM. Make it 5,683 if I chime in…oh, what the hell.”