Okay, Blogger was telling me that I'd posted 499 posts prior to the last one. However, when I tallied up the number of posts in the archives, it only added up to 469. Where are the other 31 posts? Are those perhaps posts that Blogger ate before I could get them completed, to the sound of wailing and gnashing of teeth? It has a propensity for doing that, after all. Maybe they're drafts that got saved but never posted. I don't know. All I know is that there is a major discrepancy.
Maybe it's like the shift from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, when they lost a number of days as the calendar skipped ahead. Or maybe it's like the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. The world may never know.