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How Many Beans Make Five?
Would it be appropriate to add "How Many Beans Make Five?" to the disambiguation?
An old English expression, it can either be used as a statement in the form "S/He knows how many beans make five" (which means that the subject knows what s/he's talking about) or as the question, which has various answers, most of which revolve around "one bean, two bean, a bean and a half, and half a bean" (total: 5). There doesn't seem to be a "right" answer that I can discover.
It's claimed to originate with the wooden beads used in an abacus, but I have my doubts about that claim, not least because I'm not aware of any abacus that uses half-beads (which would be necessary, no matter which of the various answers are employed, since all use the term "half a bean").
It parallels (IMHO) Douglas Adams' question about Life, the Universe and Everything, the answer to which is 42 (the number you get when you multiply six by nine, in one version).
I didn't notice a reason for why Bean Snowboards was deleted after I added it to this page. I figured this was taken away for notability reasons. Since I didn't see any references for other items on this disambiguation page, I didn't know if it was necessary, beyond the existence of the company which is apparent from a Google search. There was a Boston Herald article done on this company . I think this provides some more support for keeping this entry. Thanks, --Jcgist (talk) 19:12, 21 October 2009 (UTC)