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Ken,
Right after engineers learned to walk upright, and just prior to the development of digital computers there were mechanical calculators. The old mechanical calculators (I am not talking about mechanical adding machines) whirred and clicked, and as the result was presented it made a sound very similar to crunching as it printed the results.

Some of the punches for document binding make a similar crunching sound.

Regards,
Harold Sprague




From: "Ken Peoples" <kspeoples(--nospam--at)lvta.net>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
To: "Seaint" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Subject: number crunching
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 12:09:17 -0500

Somewhat off topic, but why is it called number "crunching". I can't think of what the analogy is. Is the sound of the old fashioned calculators with paper?

Best regards,


Ken

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