Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Scaling in root beer floats

An entry on by one David Zinczenko includes the text:

A&W Root Beer Freeze (large, 32 oz)
820 calories
18 g fat (11 g saturated, 1 g trans)
400 g sodium
136 g sugars

This beverage is made with nothing but root beer and soft serve ice cream—the exact duo that constitute A&W's root beer float. So ask yourself: Is it worth the extra 500 calories to have it blended and super-sized? Didn’t think so. (Great tip, right? Get instant weight-loss secrets every day when you follow me on Twitter.)

Drink This Instead!
A&W Root Beer Float (small, 16 fl oz)
330 calories
5 g fat (3 g saturated)
100 mg sodium
57 g sugars

When one sees text the exact duo that constitute A&W's root beer float, one might expect that the 16 oz "float" is just half the "32 oz" freeze.

But the ratios of the individual ingredients are all DIFFERENT:

400/100 =4.0

What would happen if one had inconsistencies like this on a patent application?


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