Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Now that all the numbers are in, we sat down and did a little math. We took 19 trips to the store, averaging 3.47 gallons per purchase. This worked out to 66 gallons purchased in 105 days, for an average of 0.629 gallons (80.4 ounces) per day.

Let's assume we ate every single meal in this apartment (which is not true). 630 meals in 105 days translates to 13.5 ounces of milk per person per meal.

This is an annual milk consumption of 230 gallons (115 per person).

Put simply, we consumed an average of 3.35 ounces of milk per hour, every hour of the day, for three and a half months straight.

This is equivalent to each us being hooked up to a 50cc per hour IV of milk at all times for those three and a half months!

The slope of the regression line was 0.637, which was not far off from the mean consumption of 0.628 gallons per day. This indicates a very steady rate of consumption, though the y-intercept of 1.29 suggests we slowed down. Here are the numbers:

Purchasing habits:
Mean purchase- 3.47 gallons per trip
Standard deviation- 1.79 gallons

61.1% of purchases were within 1 standard deviation of the mean purchase size, which is surprisingly normal for so few data points.
If you want to check our math, and God help you if you do, the spreadsheets are actually accessible in Google Documents at this link.

This has been considerably more work than ever expected. We hope you enjoyed reading as much as we enjoyed drinking.

62, 63, 64, 65, 66

Our pace slowed to a crawl of late. I've been busy with exams, projects and end-of-term celebrations, and Jeremy hasn't spent a weekend here in some time.

Even with the anti-climactic tail-off we've still drank a ridiculous amount of milk! We'll do some final stats and a postmortem once I officially move out this weekend.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61

It's April and we could still refrigerate them outside!

Also, Sanjay was delinquent in his photographic duties regarding gallon 56. Let this serve as his public humiliation.
Posted by Picasa

Sunday, April 1, 2007

56 through 404

Since the pace has been picking up lately, we decided it was time to go whole hog and invest in the real deal.
Say hello to Janice! We picked her up at auction today. For some reason a dude was selling her 2-3 months post-partum, so she's in peak production right now. In order to keep up with Janice we're going to have to up our pace to 10-13 gallons a day!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Notes on pace

March was our most prolific month of consumption with 24 gallons purchased (more than 3 quarts of milk per day). This can be attributed to me being around 4 of the 5 weekends and no spring break to thwart our quest.

It was more than twice the number we drank in February (10). This means, with only one month left, we are accelerating toward the finish line.


Whenever Jeremy or I returns home after a milk purchase we summon the other to help lug the milk up the stairs. These are normally joyous occasions of camaraderie, but today the joy was destroyed.

As I approached Jeremy's car, ready to provide assistance, I found him with a sheepish look on his face. "What kind of sad event could be eating into what is normally such a stellar occasion?" I wondered to myself. As I came nearer Jeremy revealed to me the source of his shame. From the back seat of his car he lifted a single gallon of SKIM MILK white coloured water!

As he lifted the gallon into view he ashamedly mumbled something about "being whipped" and maybe something about "the ball and chain," but my horror was so great that I remember little else of his explanation. You'll have to ask him to explain. My outrage is so great that I cannot even bring myself to ask for more detail.

UPDATE: Needless to say, this gallon will not count toward our totals. Neither he nor I will be partaking of this sub-par liquid.

52, 53, 54, 55

The arrival of Bell's Oberon to store shelves this week may put a dent in our Milk consumption.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

47, 48, 49, 50, 51

Bad news: I accidentally left a half-full gallon in my room for a day when I left for work. My unbelievable tiredness in the morning easily explains this oversight.

Good news: This neutralizes the annoying half gallon count and brings us back to a whole number.

Best news:
Posted by Picasa

Monday, March 19, 2007

41.5, 42.5, 43.5, 44.5, 45.5, 46.5


We have some ideas for upcoming content, including an analysis of how each of us manage to drink so much milk and what we use it for.
Posted by Picasa



This entry is predated since I bought this one to hold us over for the weekend, and then promptly left town. You can see it has been entirely consumed, leaving behind its husk which I tossed in the air like a cat toys with its prey.
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

36.5, 37.5, 38.5, 39.5

When I got home from shopping, Jeremy was already asleep.

Early to bed, Early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise. That and lots of good wholesome milk.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

32.5, 33.5, 34.5, 35.5

Spring Break and weekend departures have slowed our pace for now, but not to worry.

Those who drink milk will be champions.
Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 26, 2007

Healthier hearts

Health Magazine reports via CNN on the "secrets to a healthier heart." It is worth noting that drinking milk is #1 on their list.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

27.5, 28.5, 29.5, 30.5, 31.5


Note the potential for hilarity inspired by the "IF SHORTENING CATCHES FIRE" warning label on the upper shelf.

Hopes of the whole-number realignment continue for another week, as Kroger insisted on selling full gallons for $2 instead of half gallons for $1.

It should be noted that I consumed an entire half gallon of whole milk between Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Unfortunately I did this in Kalamazoo, so it does not count toward the total. There's as much milk in that as there is in about three gallons of skim. Mmm.
Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

22.5, 23.5, 24.5, 25.5, 26.5


The next 5 gallons wanted their picture taken with ESPN's Erin Andrews.
Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 28, 2007

16.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 20.5, 21.5 - 5 for $10 day

It was 5 for $10 day at Kroger, so I bought 6. The massiveness of this purchase actually necessitated a complete reorganization of the fridge.

Friday, January 26, 2007

14.5, 15.5


Gallons 14.5 and 15.5, which are cheaper than gallons of gasoline, are brought to you by Gregory Greene's documentary The End of Suburbia.
Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 22, 2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Saturday, January 13, 2007

5.5 and 6.5 - Nice Jugs!

Special thanks to Danielle for modeling this round of milk.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Monday, January 8, 2007

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

It all begins

Jeremy: Do you realize how much milk the two of us will go through if we live together?

Me: We should keep track.