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## Poll ResultsPoll 87: How many Deaths are there?Total votes: 1345
I had a few interesting e-mails about this. People noted the following: - We know there are at least 11 Deaths, since that many assignments have been named and known to be current simultaneously.
- We know all the Deaths are on strike.
- We know there are a finite number of Deaths on the picket line.
- However, we don't know if all the striking Deaths are on the picket line, therefore it's possible that there is only a finite subset of an infinite number of Deaths manning the line.
- What else do we know about the Deaths? Well, they all have names. The names are composed of strings of alphanumeric characters.
- We know the Head Death addresses the Deaths by the full name of their assignment.
- Therefore, if the Head Death is to talk to each Death, he must take a finite amount of time to talk to each one.
- Therefore, each Death's name must be a finite string, rather than a string like "Death of Ennui While Reciting The Digits Of e = 2.7182818459045..." that never terminates.
- Therefore there must be at most a countably infinite* number of Deaths, rather than an uncountably infinite number.
- i.e. There are at most aleph-null Deaths.
Unfortunately, it seems that's about the best readers could do for a concrete proof. The number of Deaths is definitely somewhere from 11 to aleph-null. With that sort of precision, you can make a plumber's appointment. Of course, I'm completely free to disregard this analysis and decide the number based on my own Swiss-cheese continuity and sense of what will get a laugh at the time. :-) |

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