From: Lynda Bustilloz
To: Michael Hardy
Date: Jan 28 1996 12:51:52 am
Subject: census
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Dan and Michael were killing time yakking about census:

MH> Think it over very carefully, Dan. The census would take weeks or
MH> months to complete.

DC> Why, Mikey?  Didn't they have the ability to hire enough census
DC> takers to go do a head count in just a single day?

MH> A census the Romans conducted in Gaul took forty YEARS to complete.

Let me get this straight.  They were suppose to go to the home of their
ancestors (as opposed to just staying home during the week or so the census
takers were in their own town), the entire Roman empire clogging up travel
lanes, killing off commerce -- and they were suppose to sit there and wait
40 YEARS??!  The fact that this would cause tremendous hardship, and totally
destroy the economy aside, wouldn't this just *slightly* skew the census
results?  What would be the point of a census that didn't reflect CURRENT
population statistics?

Lynda Bustilloz      bustillo@ix.netcom.com
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