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Prime Numbers of Sausages
Dear Quorn company.
And indeed, any other sausage manufacturer to packages their sausages in multiples of 5.

5 is a prime number. Primes have this property of being only divisible by themselves or 1. That's kind of a useful sort of a property - it means primes have this sort of 'chunkiness' because you can't cut them into smaller slices.

But it's also an utterly useless quantity to sell food in. I mean, 5 sausages, for example. Because this very indivisible nature of 5, means you always have some left over in your sausages, unless you're either serving one person with 5 sausages (which is too many really) or 5 people with 1 sausage each. Which isn't really enough. Most times sausages are served, 2-3 are eaten per person. But that's ok, because if I had that many people to feed with sausages, buying two packs works just as well.

Buy two packs, and you get 10 sausages, which is also a not very helpful sort of a number - because that doesn't divide by 2, 3 or 4 either.

Other sausage manufacturers seem to have figured this out - you see 4s, 6s or very occasionally 8s.
6 is a really good number to use, because you can divide by 1,2, 3 and 6. Double the quantity to get 12, and you can divide by 4 as well.
4 is ok, for much the same reason - 3 packs get me 12, and that's a nice number to divide up.

So Quorn company. Would you please start selling 6 sausages at once?
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mrph From: mrph Date: March 14th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Er, I think 10 sausages does divide by two. Other than that, I totally agree... :)
sobrique From: sobrique Date: March 14th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, yes. OK.
But you get 5 sausages each then, which is too many.
mrph From: mrph Date: March 14th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. I do wonder if they assume that there'll be a 3/2 split for each pack, as someone will want a smaller portion, mind you?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: March 14th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe. I'd usually tend to assume that when serving smaller portions, that means less mash (or other) to go with the sausages, but that is one possible reasons I guess.
ephrael From: ephrael Date: March 14th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I personally like a 3/2 split in a sausage pack, as I will eat fewer sausages than my primary meal companion.
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: March 14th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is possibly one of the best entries that I have read on any blog ever!
csi_ellie From: csi_ellie Date: March 14th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
My keyboard is now covered in a fine spray of vitamin water. You are funny and i choked. Damn. Oh well at least its not my key board!!
stgpcm From: stgpcm Date: March 14th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps they know that only irrational people eat Quorn?

phlebas From: phlebas Date: March 15th, 2010 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Irrational? He's complaining about sausages, not pi.
serpentstar From: serpentstar Date: March 14th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dear Sir

May I introduce you to the concept of the table knife, which permits the purchaser of the 5-pack of Quorn sausages to divide said sausages into non-integer numbers? I recommend a division into 2.5 sausages per person if serving two people. For three people, buy a second packet and enjoy 3.33 sausages each.
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