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July 16

Margarine Part II:
Margarine Math

According to the National Association of Margarine Manufacturers, it would take 3,186,100,952 sticks of margarine, "stacked lengthwise," to reach the moon. Sillys. Who would ever think they meant stacked sideways.

Saints celebrating feast days today include, but are not limited to, Helier (patron saint of Jersey), Athenogenes, and Fulrad.
Bess Myerson was born on July 16, 1924.

In keeping with this sort of thing, I have calculated how much margarine it would take to coat a basketball with a one inch layer, given that the basketball is 30" in circumference--just over 14 pounds...about 14.1676 pounds to be more precise. That is if the dimensions of a rectangular block of margarine weighing one pound are 5.5 X 3 X 1.5 inches.

In order to get this fact out to you, I had to find:

1. The size of a basketball (men's official)
2. How to calculate the volume of a sphere
3. What pi is
4. A pound of margarine in a chest freezer
5. A ruler

But it was all worth it because now when the well-informed readers of the Saint Report are at some ritzy cocktail party and someone says, "You know, of course, that it would take 3,186,100,952 sticks of margarine, stacked lengthwise, to reach the moon," those readers can reply, "yes, but did you know that it would take just over 14 pounds of margarine to coat a basketball with a one inch layer?" That ought to stop them dead.

Finally, a few more margarine facts...

Average annual per capita consumption of margarine in the US was 9.2 lbs (vs. 4.5 lbs of butter).

Wisconsin didn't repeal all its restrictions on margarine until 1967.

To be labeled "margarine," the margarine product must contain 80% oil. Lower oil content margarine products are labeled "spreads," or low-fat, reduced-fat, etc., margarine.

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