Friday, February 20, 2009

AAA 8 - Crunching Numbers

All About America, part 8: a few price comparisons/times
  • It takes 2 minutes 15 seconds to heat one mug of milk to the right temperature
  • It takes 14 minutes 45 seconds to cook rice in the microwave
  • Eating out moderately at a decent restaurant costs the same as a 15 lb bag of rice (~$15)
  • One cup of ice cream at the college store costs the same as one gallon of milk ($2)
  • One small Fries at McD's costs the same as 6 bananas ($1)
  • It takes 7 minutes to walk from home to the department
  • Mailing a letter (42c stamp + 9c or 10c envelope) is comparable to an almost 1.5 lb box of salt (33c to 50c)
  • The signals at Exchange Street change from proper signals to flashing yellow at 11pm
  • Instead of 3 or 4 cans of soda it is worth buying a loaf of wheat bread (~$1.30)
  • Eat 3 fish sandwiches at McD's('Filet-O-Fish') or 2 at Burger King('Big Fish') or buy one pound of fish and cook yourself(~$7)
  • It costs as much as it takes to walk there as it does to borrow DVDs, CDs or books at the county library (free)
  • One sandwich at Subway can pay for 50 eggs ($5)
  • I don't drink coffee, but from what Sandy says, one 'Tall'(to hell with Starbucks and their size nomenclature) Frappucino at Starbucks can pay for 2-3 months worth of daily Folger's coffee(~$3.50)
Read Part 7 and earlier parts here:


Bee'morgan said...

my god..! You are all set to become a family man.. :D

vignesh said...

I hope you got this as a forward from someone.
Otherwise man you seriously should have lot of free time :-) .

«charlie|thotti» said...

eh... little bit early for that now..
This is NOT A FORWARD but a realisation once you start making notes of all expenses on an Excel sheet.

Gauri Mathur said...

Nice facts to read!

Prashant Sree said...

Must say that your account observation is getting more detailed...

If you could come up with the logic behind the facts, you could be writing another freakonomics duplicate ;)

Theory of Plasticity said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Sunil Prakash said...

abhi.........i amazed with the comparison

u said abt microwave but need to tell wht is the power level

lights turn yellow at 11pm but what time do they turn red in the morning?

a fan said...

:) Yes, you need to define "right temperature".

This post is amazing...sometimes, even i go into so much details that my brother mocks that one is Penny wise, Pound foolish...

And i totally agree, we get a real picture only when the numbers are put in xl sheet and added.

Karthikeyan.M.S said...

lol .. why do u love posting about "america" ? :P

«charlie|thotti» said...

@ Gauri, PS Thanks!

@Sunil I should have mentioned in the post that it will vary from microwave to microwave, the best way is to put it for say 12 minutes and then in increments of 30 sec to check how well it is cooked. As for the lights, I haven't gone to the university that early....

@ a fan
'right temperature' here is such it is slightly hotter than you can gulp it down immediately. Also, I recommend the xl sheet for you. If you keep it regular and detailed, by the end of the month you will feel guilty conscious.

I love posting about all that I observe.

Karthikeyan.M.S said...

hey why don't u write about the climate/weather there ..

Karthikeyan.M.S said...

and have you ever been mugged .. ?

«charlie|thotti» said...

@ Karthi
Thanks much for the jinx. Killjoy. I guess you are living a padded life.

Karthikeyan.M.S said...

er what ?

Ken said...

Oh man will msk have to learn to cook .. (and it's perfectly normal if u could make no sense from my loud musing)

«charlie|thotti» said...

Well, if he plans to save some money he will have to cook on his own.