Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Did they figure hypersensitivity into the equation when the princess felt the pea?

I remember studying noticeable difference in math class. Typical lesson was something like this...

Math Teacher: "If you're carrying a backpack of rocks weighing 20kg, how much additional weight can you carry in the backpack before there is a noticeable difference?" *

Stoner behind me in class: "Dude, why would I be carrying a backpack of rocks?!?! I would rather carry snacks... like graham crackers, vanilla frosting, and chocolate. 'Cause you never know when you're gonna want s'mores!"

Math Teacher, going with the flow: "Okay. So, you're carrying 20g of snacks. How much additional SNACKAGE can you carry in the backpack before there is a noticeable difference?"

It was actually one of the coolest lessons in math. I was a brainiac in school, so I always paid attention. But this lesson got EVERYONE involved. Yep, even the stoners. I think they were trying to figure out how much weed they could keep in their lockers before the administrators caught on to them.

So... I got to thinking today about noticeable difference again. 'Cause I'm really hating my hair right now. Huh? I know. This is a huge stretch... but stick with me for a wee little bit.

Right after I get my hair cut, I usually hate it for about a week. Then I can live with it. About two weeks after the hair cut, I absolutely love it. It's perfect. Another week later... meh. It's okay. Then all of a sudden... WHAMMO! It doesn't work at all, and my bangs are hanging in my eyes. (And if anyone suggests that I grow out my bangs so I don't have to worry about this... just stop. Stop right there. I have that FOREHEAD thing. As in big forehead. A boyfriend in high school once told me that I could hang a billboard on my forehead. Yeah... he was an ass. But I never forgot it! Bangs are a must on this chick. End of argument.)

So, how can my bangs be just fine one day, and then the next... I look like Sam Sheepdog trying to keep Ralph Wolf away from the lambs??

What is the noticeable difference when it comes to the length of bangs? Lest anyone think I'm aiming for humor here (sorry Aussies... "humour"), let me assure you: I'm not. I really want to know!

*Technically, the noticeable difference for this example is 1kg.

14 comments:

Red said...

That's funny... how do you quantify noticeable difference? Math used to make me want to cry. And still might, if I continue thinking about it.

Julie_Gong said...

I've discovered since I got 'the bangs' I can't find that good balance either. They are either too short or too long and only for about a second just right. I need to get them cut more often I think but I'm lazy and its impossible to get an appt. at my stylist.

The thing I hate mostly about the longness of the bangs and my hair is that I get it dyed and now my roots are showing and I don't have an appt until next thurs and I'm absoultely going insane esp when I look in the mirror. I have a real issue with my roots showing. A drag queen made fun of them once and I've never been the same. He really had no room to talk because he was a drag queen but whatever...

I'm just rambling now and making no sense and when I started I had a point but now I've been interruped by my boss and I have no idea what it was...

Good luck with the bangs and if you figure something out let me know.

don't call me MA'AM said...

red: ummm... it's kind of complicated. BUT, generally, the math gods say that a noticeable difference in weight/mass is 5%.

Julie: I'm right there with you. Plus, my stylist just left the shop that's closest to my house and work. She moved to another "salon" further away, thereby making it REALLY inconvenient to get a hair cut now. I guess I'll just switch stylists. That's like saying "I guess I'll switch first names." The new one had better be pretty DAMN good.

Kim said...

a.) I have no idea. My bangs are good one day and bad the next. I think they do it on purpose. I've tried talking to them but they're just not good at listening.

b.) Why are you using kg? I'm easily confused as it is without you throwing the metric system in there. :o)

Master Peebody said...

I thought i replied to this post already, but for some reason it isn't there. Hmmmm and i can't rmrmber what i said either. :(

Ludicrousity said...

I have no idea. I don't have 'bangs'. NO idea how to define the noticeable difference. Perhaps when peopel notice the change? :P

Margus said...

Wile E. Coyote with red nose = Ralph Wolf. Obvioulsly there is no noticeable difference there, because I always thought in was Wile E. in those cartoons.

Britt said...

I find my fringe (sorry bangs) maybe 1-1.5 weeks until noticeble difference...the difference being it actually sits well and doesn't have weird sticking out bits! You'd think after having a fringe for years, the hair would be used to it by now and trained to that position...

don't call me MA'AM said...

Kim: I just gave up and made a hair appt. for Monday. If I weren't so vain, I'd just shave my whole head. No more bangs. As for the metric system, we are the most bass-ackward nation for NOT switching to the metric system. How am I supposed to remember there are 4 quarts in a gallon? 16 ounces in a pound? Is that even right? Don't even ask me how many feet in a mile. It's all STUPID! Metric is all 10, 10, 10.

MPB: look out. Memory is the first to go. You don't want to know what's the second thing to go.

Ludi: in addition to a complex formula, there is a factor about a REASONABLE noticeable difference. Like, what does a REASONABLE person notice... ouch. Now my brain hurts.

Margus: I loved it when the whistle blew right when Sam was beating the crap out of Ralph. They stopped, grabbed their lunch pails, and said goodbye. Classic!!

Brittany: same here. I've noticed that even a couple days worth of growth is enough to send me over the edge.

Ludicrousity said...

Pfft! As if any of us are reasonable!!!

Maliavale said...

I like the bangs long, so they cover bits of the forehead, but you can brush them out of the way if needed. But here is an interesting fact: Your eyes are actually in the dead center of your face. Which means -- that everyone has a big forehead! Look in the mirror, it's true. I mean, about the eyes. Stop looking at your forehead. Stop that!

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