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Think – Today: Is The ‘Guinness Book Of Records’ In The ‘Guinness Book Of Records’?

by Anura Guruge


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recordsThis came to mind the other day. It is what I think of as ‘recursive thinking‘. So is the ‘Guinness Book Of Records’ a holder of one or more records that would make it worthy of inclusion within itself? What do YOU think?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Number of countries currently in Africa” — 54! Look it up.


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Think – Today: How Many Countries In Africa These Days (Give Or Take 10)?

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africa_ad1960Any idea? Like I said ± 10 will be a good start. I think many of you will be surprised. In my youth, which was indeed a long time ago, when the world was a much simpler place, I knew most of the countries that were in Africa — since there wasn’t that many. But, now … WOW!


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Percentage Of the World’s Male Population That Is Circumcised” — At most 35% (but probably lower, with some now claiming that it may be as low as 20%). Much of the population that is circumcised is Muslim and that is close to 600 million. Circumcision is NOT common at all in China nor India. And interesting it is also NOT that prevalent in Europe! Google it. Plenty of resources.


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Think – Today: What Percentage Of the World’s Male Population Is Circumcised?

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399087054It is something that is worth thinking about. Would you have your son circumcised? If it is good for one then one has to assume that more than 50% of the world’s male population is circumcised. Is it?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “How much air do we breathe in a day” — on average around 2,665 GALLONS (U.S.) a day! [Maybe a bit more, even getting close to 3,000 gallons.] That is air. Oxygen is 20% of that. 2,665 gallons a day is impressive. That is nearly 80,000 gallons a month. 960,000 gallons a year. In a 70-year life close to 65 million gallons.


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IRS Form 8962, ‘Premium Tax Credit (PTC)’ — Do NOT Roundup Your Numbers, Specially On Line 5.

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The new Form 8962, that came to be with the 2014 Tax Returns, is probably the most pernicious feature of ObamaCare, a.k.a. Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and that takes some doing.

IF you have the misfortune of having to file one you will understand. Yes, I assume many of you rely on a Tax Preparer to do your taxes, including Form 8962. I have to assume that they must charge you more for doing it because it is not an easy form. It makes all the other common forms, Schedule D or Schedule C, seems TRIVIAL in comparison.

That the INSTRUCTIONS for Form 8962 runs to 18 pages is a clue that this is convoluted and complicated.

One of the stupidest things in this form is that it does NOT like you rounding up your percentage number when you are completing Line 5. Yes, it says so in the instructions BUT that is easy to miss.

IF you round up and say put .197 instead of .196 because the number you got from the division was .19689 you will be SCREWED! I kid you not. (And I made up those numbers to just serve as an example. I am not going to tell you mine. SMILE.)

I had my Free Fillable Form Electronic Filing REJECTED by the IRS because of that ONE Line 5 rounding up! Wow.

Took me about 10 minutes to work out what they were complaining about. Then, on reading the instructions, even more carefully, so it. DO NOT ROUND. I am so used to rounding up.

To be fair to the IRS it makes a difference. It, of course, depends on your numbers BUT I was surprised that in our case that rounding came to $20 — in OUR favor. So that is why the IRS balked. They wanted me to get it right.

So heads up. IF you are doing Form 8962 be careful rounding.


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Prior To Sinhala New Year On April 13, 2015, Sri Lanka Celebrates Easter With Some Fancy Cakes From Kapruka.

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Sri Lanka has a long and proud tradition of making fancy, decorative European-style cakes — a legacy, whether folks like it or not, of 200 years of British rule.

I grew up with cakes like this — if not fancier, and that explains my girth and cholesterol. 

Sri Lanka, the last time I looked, which was a few months ago, was only 7.45% Christian6.1% Catholic. But given a 21 million population (given that they are a very fecund bunch), 7.45% comes it at a very respectable 1.6 million. So that is a fair number of people.

Unlike the U.S., despite Christians being a minority, Good Friday is a holiday. Always has been. When I was growing up, as with Europe, Easter Monday was a holiday too — though it didn’t matter much to us school children because all of April was one of three holiday months. This year, in Sri Lanka, April Full Moon, is April 3rd — Good Friday. So it is a DOUBLE holiday — each Full Moon a holiday in Sri Lanka (for the Buddhists).

I remember celebrating Easter in Ceylon. My surrogate father, who I called ‘Ta’, “Tata” — being father father in Sinhalese, was a Baptist. He was a lawyer. Lawyer for the Ministry of Food. He liked to entertain in style. He did so at Christmas and Easter — 85% of his family Buddhists. I can’t remember the cakes BUT I am sure we had them. I remember the ham and the lamb imported from New Zealand.

I am glad to see that the cake tradition, for Easter, is still going strong in Sri Lanka.

As soon as Easter is done Kapruka will start their cakes for Sinhala New Year. Yes, I will bring them to your attention.