# How many biscuits can you have......

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• 16th November 2011, 10:41 PM
Dos_Box
How many biscuits can you have......
..before it's classed as greedy? I've just had 6 Hobnobs (plain, not chocolate) and feeling a little guilty.
• 16th November 2011, 10:45 PM
elsiegee40
When it comes to hobnobs.... You can't have too many (or so I keep telling myself)

.... Just lay off the ones I've sent for ZH when they arrive :D
• 16th November 2011, 10:56 PM
aerospacemango
I can smash a packet of ginger nuts in one sitting.....

Is that greedy????

Hmmmm..I think, perhaps, so!!!!
• 16th November 2011, 11:02 PM
theriver
Greediness is correlated with available biscuit volume.

Let me explain.

Here at work we once had a cake tin that was about 40cm high (it had some huge Italian cake in it to start with). As an experiment we decided to see how many packets of biscuits we could get in it - I can't remember now how many, but it was a sufficiently large number that we had to use Value ones in order to make the experiment affordable. It was a LOT. We took bets on how long the biscuits would last. Some people estimated time to completion based on an average consumption of biscuits per person per day, but those of us who have experience with doughnuts knew better.

Doughnuts work like this:

- people help themselves
- as the number of doughnuts decreases, people are less likely to take a doughnut
- eventually you've one doughnut left
- someone cuts it in half and takes one piece
- nobody eats the final half, and it is either thrown away by the cleaner or found behind a desk several weeks hence

So some of us applied the doughnut model to the biscuit tin experiment, and this proved to be correct.
Half the biscuits vanished in moments, and as the days went past the number of biscuits taken per day decreased, until after quite a long time there were two and a thin film of crumbs left.

Conclusions: Firstly, Value biscuits aren't too bad when dipped in tea. Secondly, people don't want to be seen as greedy, so modify their consumption based on the resource available. If there's a lot, you can have a lot; if there's not much, you should have not much.

In other words: from a full packet, six hobnobs is nothing. Go on, have another. But if you take the last one, you're a greedy swine.
• 16th November 2011, 11:03 PM
SYSMAN_MK
6 and you're feeling guilty? That's just a coffee break amount surely :D
• 16th November 2011, 11:23 PM
Dos_Box
Quote:

But if you take the last one, you're a greedy swine.
Ah.....
• 16th November 2011, 11:25 PM
FN-GM
"plain, not chocolate" That makes it ok then :p

I every now and then i will eat a full packet of foxes cream cruch in the space of 30 mins.
• 17th November 2011, 06:22 AM
SimpleSi
I believe this question has strayed into MY area of expertise :)

For fat geeks, anything up to 1 packet/day is fine and nothing to be worried about. As long you don't exceed 5 packets a week you won't end up more than 20 stone.

(Assuming a normal home diet of chips, pies,pizza,curry and beer) :)

Once you start exceeding this amount on a regular basis - you'll end up looking like..... well ...... me :)

Si
• 17th November 2011, 06:45 AM
laserblazer
I have a biscuit reputation here :)
• 17th November 2011, 07:57 AM
newpersn
i like the fox's Jam Ring Creams :)

i dont share those :)
• 17th November 2011, 08:46 AM
its not greedy if you own the packet.
• 17th November 2011, 08:49 AM
Oaktech
exactly... I don't share. I buy my own, I eat my own. DO NOT ask for one. i will growl at you.
• 17th November 2011, 08:54 AM
sonofsanta
Well I seem to have some deep-seated guilt trigger where any more than two and I start worrying that I'll ruin my lunch, or I should just have my banana instead of something. But you can always just take two every time you have a cup of tea, and when you drink as much tea as I do... well, let's just say value is the way forward here as well, at least until I can convince the bursar that the network genuinely wouldn't run without tea and biscuits therefore I should use my budget to buy them in.
• 17th November 2011, 09:02 AM
teejay
Always store the biscuits on the other side of the room, you then burn off calories walking across the room to get them, therefore more biscuits allowed:p
• 17th November 2011, 09:10 AM
X-13
Quote:

Originally Posted by sonofsanta
until I can convince the bursar that the network genuinely wouldn't run without tea and biscuits therefore I should use my budget to buy them in.

Tell the bursar that the server is a finite improbability generator.
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