I just realized something about the eeeevil Bible bricks story I posted earlier today. I did some quick math (a skill I learned in school in lieu of learning to spot un-nice-ness and how to put on a condom) and realized that the offending bricks would have been “just another brick in the [walkway]” in a literal sense, but also figuratively in the most post-modern Pink Floyd sense possible.
Let’s crunch some numbers.
The fundraiser raised $45,000. The 4×8-inch bricks went for $100 while the 8×8-inch bricks went for $250. If every single brick were sold at the $100 level, that means the five offending bricks would have had 445 other printed bricks accompanying them [45,000 ÷ 100 = 450]. If every other brick except those five were the $250 level then there would have been 178 8×8-inch bricks [(45,000 – 500) ÷ 250 = 178].
So those five offensive bricks would have been drowned out by anywhere from 178 to 450 other bricks with messages.
Now, look at it another way: Those five offensive bricks, all the 4×8-inch variety, cover an area of 160 square inches [4 x 8 x 5 = 160], which is less than one brick more than a square foot (144 sq. in.). If every single other brick was the 4×8-inch variety, those five bricks would have been in a sea of message bricks 1,200 square feet in area [(4 x 8 x 450) ÷ 12 = 1,200], meaning they would occupy 1.1 percent of the total space [(160 ÷ (4 x 8 x 450)) x 100 = 1.1] . If all but those five were sold at the 8×8-inch size, the total space would be nearly 963 square feet [(160 + (8 x 8 x 178)) ÷ 12 = 962.6667], meaning the five bricks would take up a slightly larger, but still teeny 1.3 percent of the total display [(160 ÷ (160 + (8 x 8 x 178))) x 100 = 1.3].
Either way you slice it, that ain’t much. But they opted to give up $45,000 rather than allow a few Bible verses in that mass of messages.
(And if you’re wondering, no, I wouldn’t have a problem with inoffensive lines from the Koran or other religious text being included as well.)