Today's word of the day is: Statistics
Statistics: n. 1. the science of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data; 2. a way to make numbers mean anything you want.
Fooling around with Amazon for no good reason, I found a new (or at least new to me) feature that calculates statistics for some books including word count, words per dollar, and words per ounce. Perhaps school districts are using this in their budgeting process. Either that or it's for a carnival that wants to promote its sideshow strongman as The Amazing Conan the Librarian, who can lift ten million words over his head with a single hand!
If you've ever wondered how many words you're getting for a dollar...
|Book||Words||Words Per Dollar|
|Bleak House by Charles Dickens||348,403||39,772|
|Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis||53,105||8,170|
|A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle||49,219||7,572|
|Holes by Louis Sachar||46,554||7,162|
|The Giver by Lois Lowry||43,631||6,712|
|Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell||40,501||6,231|
|Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson||32,765||5,470|
|The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis||44,048||5,365|
|Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli||35,138||5,027|
|Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt||26,322||4,424|
|A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park||33,757||3,310|
|Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss||761||85|
So a Dickens Dollar ($Dickens) is equal to $467.91 is Seussian currency ($Seuss). Hooray for statistics!