BSC: The Numbers

Now that I've made it through all the books, I'm putting up some posts to summarize different trivia bits. I blame any mistakes on my daughters distracting me, regardless of whether that's valid. I didn't say it was their fault; I said I'm going to blame them. (The preceding said with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek)

So! Here are some basics:

There 131 regular series books, 36 mysteries, 18 super specials including the Friend Forever pair and The Summer Before, 15 California diaries, 12 Friends Forever books, 6 portrait collections, 4 super mysteries, 3 readers' requests, 2 "letter" books, and 1 movie novelization.

During the course of the series, the BSC starts the same school year thirteen times and repeats the same summer fourteen times. There are 71 named SMS staff and faculty, and 221 named students other than the BSC. There are 127 are in eighth grade, 31 in seventh grade, 48 in sixth grade, and fifteen whose ages are unclear. According to Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation, SMS has about 380 students.

They celebrate the same Valentine's Day six times, St. Patrick's Day just once, Halloween six times, Thanksgiving five times, Christmas six times, Hanukkah twice, and Kwanzaa three times. New Year's is mentioned a couple times as well.

Every girl except Abby and Shannon are shown crushing on boys (Logan only has a crush on Mary Anne). Some have more crushes than others:
Mary Anne-2

They have club-wide fights thirteen times. They have 38 families for whom they regularly sit.

Types of candy and food in Claudia’s room: 153    
-Apple (for Stacey)
-Bagel chips, bonbons, brownies (homemade), bubble gum, Butterfingers, butterscotch candy
-Candy corn, candy hearts, caramels, carrots (for Stacey), celery (for Stacey), Charleston Chews, Cheese Doodles,  Cheese Whiz, Cheetos (regular and Paws), cherry creams, Chips Ahoy, a chocolate bar, chocolate chip cookies made by Mrs. Kishi’s coworker, chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate-covered coffee beans, chocolate coins, chocolate marshmallow cookies, chocolate stars, chocolate twigs, Chuckle Rings, Chunky bar, Cocoa Blinkens, Combos, cookies, corn chips (blue, salsa flavored), Cracker Jacks, crackers (unspecified, sesame,  and whole wheat), cupcakes, dark-chocolate caramels
-Devil Dogs, Ding-Dongs, Doritos (regular and Cool Ranch), Dove chocolates, Dots
-Fig Newtons (and Apple and Cherry), fluffernutter sandwiches, Fritos, Frookies, Frookwiches, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Roll-Ups, fruit pie
-Goobers, gumdrops, Gummi Bears (regular and sweet-n-sour), Gummi worms
-Heath bars, Hershey’s Hugs, Hershey's kisses (regular and Valentine-themed), Hershey’s Miniatures, Ho Hos, Hostess cupcakes (once with Mary Anne’s spelled out in Alpha-Bits cereal to celebrate her quick thinking in an emergency)
-Ice cream cake
-Jawbreakers, jellybeans, jujubes, Junior Mints
-Licorice, licorice whips, Lifesavers, Lorna Doones
-M&Ms (holiday, regular, mint, and peanut), macrobiotic cookies, Mallomars, malt balls, Mars bars, marshmallows (plus Halloween ones in the shape of jack-o-lanterns), Mentos, Milk Duds, Milky Ways, mini candy bars, Munchos
-Nachos (homemade, for Stacey), Necco wafers, nuts (mixed)
-Oreos (regular, Double Stuf, and chocolate-dipped), organic mint tabouli
-Payday bars, Planter's Peanut bar, Peppermint Patties, pop, popcorn (regular, white cheddar, caramel butter, and Smartfood cheese-flavored), potato chips (regular, barbecue, all-natural, salt and vinegar, sour cream and onion, and sour cream), pretzels (cheese-filled, chocolate-dipped, garlic nugget flavor, regular, sesame seed, and sourdough), pretzel sticks, Pringles
-Raisenettes, red hots, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Pieces, Ring Dings, rice cakes, root beer barrels,  Ruffles
-Salt water taffy, Skittles, Skor bars,  Snickers (regular and mini), Sour Patch Kids, Starburst
-Taco chips, Three Musketeers (regular and light), Tootsie Roll Pops, Tootsie Rolls, tortilla chips, trail mix, Triscuits, Twinkies, Twizzlers
-Veggie rice nuggets
-Walnut fudgie bars
-Yankee Doodles, yeastless seven-grain molasses bread, Yodels, yogurt-covered raisins

It also seems worth noting that since I posted my first recap on November 30, 2009, I've had two children. I also recently found a great sitter for my toddler (and the infant when she's older and eating more than just milk). She's not as cheap as the BSC, but she charges a fair wage for the work she does.

More details to come!


LongWinter said...

That snacks list is extremely impressive!

Anonymous said...

The snack list makes me hungry. I
can't believe Claudia had more crushes then Stacey, I would have thought it was the other way around.

SJSiff said...

LongWinter, I'm hungry too.

Anon, I know! I was stunned.

Nikki said...

I haven't been great at regularly reading your blog, but I always enjoy it when I do. And wow! Those are some impressive stats!

SJSiff said...

Thank you, Nikki!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, that snack list was amazing. In fact, it made me hungry, so I opened a bag of pretzel crisps while reading it.

SJSiff said...

I always get hungry reading a Claudia book!