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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted June 16, 2011 15:22      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The vast majority of people on the planet have an above average number of legs.

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Icon 1 posted June 16, 2011 19:11      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I disagree, insects, vasltly outnumbering us people in legs and numbers, probably push the avergage numbr of legs up, closer to 6, meaning that people have a below average number of legs.

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Icon 1 posted June 16, 2011 23:54      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Plus, of course, all horses have 6 legs.

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Icon 6 posted June 17, 2011 00:47      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I only countd five on the last hoirse I saw [Eek!]

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GrumpySteen

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If you're going to interpret that without the implied "among people", then bacteria don't have legs and they outnumber everything else on the planet by many orders of magnitude. 5,000,000,000 000,000,000,000,000,000,000 if this article is to be believed and not a leg among them.

I believe that would make the average number of number of legs some extremely small fraction of 1.

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Icon 1 posted June 17, 2011 10:36      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'd probably suggest that the arithmetic mean is an inappropriate "average" measure to use in this case then. [Wink]

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Excellent discussion. It takes Stupid to new hights

May I nominate this thread for The most Utterly Pointless argument of the Week? [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
If you're going to interpret that without the implied "among people", then bacteria don't have legs...

Most use filopodia to walk around, or flagella to propel themselves though. These are, in a very loose sense of the word, bacterial legs, so they're pushing the average back up again.
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GrumpySteen

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Don't make me start in with slime molds, viruses, algae and all the other forms of life that don't even move.

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Does a plant's trunk/stem count as a leg? Or are its roots lots of little tentacle-like legs?
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<biologist>
Microbes do not have legs. Nor do plants or fungi. Legs are strictly an animal thing.

Fun and frightening fact: In any given human, the human cells are out-numbered by endogenous bacteria 10:1...and the bacteria are out-numbered by virii 10:1. I'm not sure how many of those virii are bacteriophages, but I'm guessing most of them just because there are more bacteria to infect. However, human cells are much bigger than bacteria, so, by weight, you are still human.
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