[Revised entry by Mark Steen on July 22, 2022.
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A man might lose an appendix and some blood in surgery, but it seems wrong to say that there is a thing he lost in addition to the appendix. After a child destroys her sandcastle, there is one less thing in the world, but no less sand. One can count cakes, but not cake. Split a large portion of water in half and you will be left with what you started with – water. Split a computer monitor in half and you will not be left with a monitor or monitors….
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