Friday, June 20, 2008

My Law of Ranking

If someone tells you that they're a top N something, and N is not in the set (3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, etc.), then they're the N-th. For example, my manager just pointed out (knowing how silly it sounded) that Bank of America is a Top 2 bank. This applies for other things. For example, if some coal mine claims they've had only 2 deaths in the last 323 days, you know a dozen people died 324 days ago.



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