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Stones and Scruples

Stones and Scruples

By Joe Kissell
Curator of Interesting Things

Stones and scruples – not so wholly unrelated as it would at first appear. A scruple can be a stone in fact, or a bit of one… or just a plain old scruple. Befuddling indeed. Joe Kissell provides a pebble for your thoughts.

You may think of yourself as a scrupulous person—you may have even said indignantly when accused of some fault, “I have scruples!” But exactly how many scruples do you have? If you’ve recently finished a meal or taken a stroll down a gravel-covered path, chances are you have more scruples now than you did an hour ago.

The calculation is quite easy to make: there are 4,900 scruples in