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Sooo – you learned everything there is to know about vanilla?

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It is an extract from a bean that comes from a vanilla orchid and it is extracted into alcohol. You can buy real vanilla for $2/oz or make it yourself for $2/oz for the first bottle but you can reuse the beans a few times, making it a much better deal.

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So, we gonna make some? Sounds like fun. Decanting vanilla flavored vodka into cute little bottles and stuff.

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Well no. We don’t use it to bake, we just add a bit to our coffee so we use the fake stuff which is about 30 cents/oz. We want to leave here sometime later this year, so it makes no sense. We won’t even buy it again once it’s gone.

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Right. So can you explain how not buying even the fake vanilla might help us get out of here? We were talking where to go the other day. Can it help us get to Europe?

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Well, it might.  Chaos theory states that a small change can have a large influence over later developments. This effect can’t be accurately predicted and is only sometimes observable. The ’cause and effect’ appears to be random or chaotic. You know about the butterfly effect, right?

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Well, sure. Everybody does. It just goes to show you should be kind to butterflies, mostly so they don’t start hurricanes and wipe us out.

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No, not like that. But take 2.1738694 and square it, rounding off at two decimal places. 2.17 squared, OK? It’s 4.71 rounded down. Then take the entire number and square it. You get 4.72 rounded down. If you cube them an so on, the results get further and further apart. Since we can’t measure the future effect of one butterfly’s wings, we don’t know how large of an effect it has carried out a zillion times. Understand?

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Uh, sure. What you are saying is there is no such thing as certainty. If we don’t make our own vanilla and drink coffee we might (or might not) be able to go to Europe. I got it! Woohoo!

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Amen to that, you do.

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