Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 20

Thread: A single pig yields how many slices of ham?

  1. #1
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Oxford, UK
    Posts
    2,846
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default A single pig yields how many slices of ham?

    On average, of course. Google doesn't know.

  2. Likes Huilunsoittaja liked this post
  3. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    9,728
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Dunno but I'll ask my local butcher when I drop by there...

  4. #3
    Senior Member Ukko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    6,176
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    On average, of course. Google doesn't know.
    Maybe Google doesn't know how thin you want to slice the ham?
    I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people don't like me anyway.

  5. Likes samurai, sospiro, Polednice and 1 others liked this post
  6. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    9,728
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Maybe Google doesn't know how thin you want to slice the ham?
    Yeah that would be a factor, just as with say bread (I mean thickness of the slices)...

  7. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    1,122
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    On average, of course. Google doesn't know.
    i hear this is the kind of question they might ask you in an interview at google, microsoft, etc. they give you no guidelines, so you have to guesstimate logically:

    the average weight of a pig is, say 150lbs. the anatomy of pig is similar to a human, but the legs (ham part) are much shorter, perhaps proportionally half as long as humans, hence half as heavy. a human leg is about 20% of the total body weight, so that would be 20% for both legs on a pig. 20% of 150lbs is 30lbs of ham.

    at 30g per slice, that's around 454 (the number of grams in 1lbs) slices.

    no calculator needed.

  8. Likes Polednice, mmsbls liked this post
  9. #6
    Senior Member Couchie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    2,731
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I believe Polednice's question is valid because he specifies *on average*. First, we need to determine the average thickness of a slice of ham.

  10. Likes Polednice liked this post
  11. #7
    Senior Member Crudblud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    2,898
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    17

    Default

    Oh! He wants to know what his market value is!
    He'll sell himself to one of those
    Farmers
    And throw his life away
    Farmers
    And the pork will
    Fly off the shelves
    EAT THE WEASELS
    EAT THE WEASELS

  12. Likes sospiro, Polednice liked this post
  13. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Depends. Do you use the oink or not?

  14. Likes samurai liked this post
  15. #9
    Senior Member Fsharpmajor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Oxford, UK
    Posts
    455
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    None, if the pig has any say in the matter.
    And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

    --Friedrich Nietzsche

  16. Likes GoneBaroque liked this post
  17. #10
    Assistant Administrator
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    California, USA
    Posts
    10,306
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    i hear this is the kind of question they might ask you in an interview at google, microsoft, etc. they give you no guidelines, so you have to guesstimate logically:

    the average weight of a pig is, say 150lbs. the anatomy of pig is similar to a human, but the legs (ham part) are much shorter, perhaps proportionally half as long as humans, hence half as heavy. a human leg is about 20% of the total body weight, so that would be 20% for both legs on a pig. 20% of 150lbs is 30lbs of ham.

    at 30g per slice, that's around 454 (the number of grams in 1lbs) slices.

    no calculator needed.
    Very nicely done. I looked more into this although I can't say why. Apparently average hams (i.e. the pig hind leg portion used for ham) are 15-20 lbs for a total of 30-40 lbs/pig. ham slices are very nearly 30 grams so the math works out to roughly 450-650 slices per pig.

    One of the physicists I know was asked this question on his qualifier: How many trees are cut down to make all the toothpicks used per year? The assumptions and estimates are exactly what they look for to see if your thinking makes sense.

  18. Likes Philip, Polednice liked this post
  19. #11
    Senior Member elgars ghost's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Worcestershire, England
    Posts
    8,053
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    About the same amount of slices as a married one?

  20. Likes science, GoneBaroque liked this post
  21. #12
    Senior Member Couchie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    2,731
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default


  22. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    934
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Infinite slices

  23. #14
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Straya mate
    Posts
    9,329
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    The answer is four.

  24. #15
    Senior Member eorrific's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    189
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    213, with 100% margin of error.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Most versions of a single work
    By Chi_townPhilly in forum Recorded Music and Publications
    Replies: 160
    Last Post: Mar-07-2015, 15:45
  2. 4 best single CDs - composer of your choice
    By Jaime77 in forum Recorded Music and Publications
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: Mar-12-2010, 02:51
  3. Hear my first single
    By Paranoize in forum Today's Composers
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Dec-29-2009, 20:16
  4. Abide with Me - A New kind of single?
    By Ben Marnan in forum Recorded Music and Publications
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: May-27-2009, 09:16

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •