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So, I was at a Costco store recently.
They already had Christmas stuff up. Or so I thought. It was a slightly terrifying experience.
And then I realized that it was actually the perfect Halloween decorations.
You see, they make us think they’re decorating for Christmas, when really they’re using an obscure math joke. From what I understand, in math, there are different “bases” for counting things. (Fluffy made a post about that for why we should use binary to count with our fingers.) Anyway, one of those bases is base 8. It’s referred to as Octal. Our normal base is base 10, or decimal. They get shortened to Dec and Oct, sometimes.
(Don’t those abbreviations look familiar…?)
Anyway, it turns out that 25 in base 10 is the same thing as 31 in base 8. In other words, oct 31 = dec 25. So therefore apparently Halloween is Christmas.
And furthermore, that means that Costco was being extra terrifying in its Halloween decorations by making us think a) it was going over-the-top consumer-focused to the point of starting Christmas decorations and sales a full two months early, or 2) making us think of math (and puns) in order to understand what they were actually doing.
Well played, Costco.
I hope you have a happy Halloween!