Down the Mall | Celebrate the numerically challenged

Down The Mall admires creative silliness, and today we dip our lid to Dave, a bloke from Mia Mia who posted an online sale on Facebook (see picture).

NUMBER'S UP: Congratulations to Dave who managed to create a social media post that generated sympathy, indignation and numerical confusion. Picture: Supplied

NUMBER'S UP: Congratulations to Dave who managed to create a social media post that generated sympathy, indignation and numerical confusion. Picture: Supplied

So far, he’s had 153 likes and a wide range of reactions, including some offers to buy them.

One responder blamed hardware stores for scanning the numbers wrongly.

Another said dyslectic people could be offended by the post.

Another said the issue was far too common as he’d bought a left-pointing arrow sign at a local store and when he got home found there’d been a mix-up and he’d been given a right-pointing arrow.

And a surprising number would now be a bit embarrassed at replies such as: ‘Is this for real?’ And ‘??????’.

Nice one.

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As yet another hurricane bears down on the US, the mop-up from Hurricane Harvey continues with great effort being put into explaining how much water had fallen on Texas.

Here are some word pictures:

24.5 trillion gallons: Washington Post.

Enough water to run Niagara Falls for 15 days: Los Angeles Times.

Enough to raise the Great Lakes 11.5 inches: Michigan Live.

Enough to fill Beaver Stadium 75,471 times: Pennsylvania Live.

And of course, we Australians use a different standard, the Olympic swimming pools gauge.

Enough to fill 13.6 billion Olympic-sized swimming pools: News.com.

Or, as Network 7’s Sunrise worked it out: “…enough to fill three Olympic-sized swimming pools.”

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Believe it or not, the US Central Intelligence Agency runs a very handy internet site titled The World Factbook,and when you scan through the section on Australia, you’ll find 23 photographs giving the world an idea of who and what we are.

Four pictures are of Bendigo. There’s the Calder Freeway on the southern side of Big Hill, the Soldiers Memorial next to the RSL in Pall Mall and not one, but two photographs of Bendigo’s Shamrock Hotel.