Mere Comments has a great post on Sacred Arithmetic.  A taste :

There was a time when the average family had 2.8 children in it, and a family of three could joke that little Billy was their 0.8th of a child, but that was a joke. People laughed because you can’t have 0.8 of a child. We speak figuratively of a man having been render impotent as being left “half a man,” but that wording has its rhetorical power because of its impossibility.

Humans do not subdivide in that way.

Perhaps you see where he is headed.  If not, head over to the blog for Touchstone Magazine, and read it for yourself.


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