**Created By:**SonicLover on October 14, 2011

**Last Edited By:**SonicLover on March 4, 2014

Do We Have This One?? Seen It a Million Times. Needs a Better Description. Rolling Updates. Would like some discussion instead of people just throwing examples at it.
The laconic says it all: someone is seen killing time by counting the bricks in a wall, the tiles in the floor or ceiling, or something else practically nobody could possibly care about the number of.
Typically serves to demonstrate that the counter is either extremely bored, Good with Numbers, or simply a Cloudcuckoolander. You can usually tell it's one of the latter two if the counter goes to extra trouble to make sure that his/her count is accurate.

# Examples

Film- In the 2002 film adaptation of
*The Count of Monte Cristo*, Dantes counts all the stones in the wall of his solitary confinement cell just to pass the time.

- Tim Allen's first book,
*Don't Stand Too Close To a Naked Man*, featured a Running Gag where he would go into detail about how many little holes you can find in a suspended tile ceiling, typically after a point in the narration where a woman had told him that she wanted him to sleep with her, only for him to discover that she actually wanted him to*sleep*with her. - In
*Men at Arms*, after Cuddy teaches Detritus to count past two, he begins counting*everything*.**Detritus**: There are ... one tousand. Three hundret. Six-ty. Four bricks.- After he gets locked in the hot futures freezer, he gets bored counting bricks and discovers, in quick order, arithmetic, algebra, and calculus. And he keeps going. Brick counting Up to Eleven.

- At one point during a
*Sesame Street*music special, designated host Count von Count is seen passing the time by counting the bricks in the room's wall. Of course, since counting things is the Count's whole shtick, this sort of activity is probably the*first*thing he'd turn to during his downtime.*"You are [brick number] 453. I will get back to you later."* - Used to emphasize Malcolm's mathematical skills early in
*Malcolm in the Middle*, when the boys are stuck in their room.**Reese**: I wonder how many holes are up in those tiles.**Malcolm**: One hundred and eighty six thousand, four hundred and eighty.**Reese**: You counted*all*of those?**Malcolm**: No. You just count one tile's row across and down, multiply it and then multiply it again by the number of tiles.

- In the Strong Bad Email "Boring," Bubs is seen counting the bricks on one side of his concession stand.

- In the
*Storm Hawks*episode "Five Days", Aerrow resorts to repeatedly counting ceiling rivets while hospitalized for the aforementioned period of time. - In an episode of
*Recess*TJ's put in detention and pleads with his friends to break him out, claiming to have already counted the ceiling tiles several times over. - In the TV special "Garfield Gets A Life", Garfield is so bored he starts counting the tiles in the ceiling. Later, he and Jon go to a seminar on how to get a date, and everyone there is also counting ceiling tiles.

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Community FeedbackReplies: 27The Count Of Monte Cristo, Dantes counts all the stones in the wall of his solitary confinement cell just to pass the time.Monkwhere the titular character was counting something mundane that was used in the construction of a house; I cannot recall exactly what it was but believe it to have been either ceiling tiles or bricks used in the construction of a wall.Don't Stand Too Close To a Naked Man, featured a Running Gag where he would go into detail about how many little holes you can find in a suspended tile ceiling, typically after a point in the narration where a woman had told him that she wanted him to sleep with her, only for him to discover that she actually wanted him tosleepwith her.Men At Arms, after Cuddy teaches Detritus to count past two, he begins countingeverything.Detritus:There are ... one tousand. Three hundret. Six-ty. Four bricks.”Mathnet. Patterns of tiles on the outside of a house follow the Fibonachi sequence in base-5; when it breaks the pattern that's a clue.Malcolm In The Middle, when the boys are stuck in their room.Reese: I wonder how many holes are up in those tiles.Malcolm: One hundred and eighty six thousand, four hundred and eighty.Reese: You countedallof those?Malcolm: No. You just count one tile's row across and down, multiply it and then multiply it again by the number of tiles.Porridge, where the prisoners bet on how many bricks there are in a cell.C.D. Bales (Steve Martin),RoxanneRecessTJ's put in detention and pleads with his friends to break him out, claiming to have already counted the ceiling tiles several times over.Flowers On the Wallas sung by the Statler Brothers: "Counting flowers on the wall, that don't bother me at all" as the singer is trapped in a mental health care facility.IDGet. In one strip, while Kevin is busy archiving hisWhose Line Is It Anywaytapes, IDGet preoccupies himself by counting the ceiling tiles.Vampire Diarieshas a flashback to Damian's time in New Orleans back in the 1940s. He turned a woman into a vampire and she became "sired" to him which meant that she was fanatically devoted to him and would follow his every order. Damian is very chaotic by nature and he found this to be extremely awkward and annoying. He distracted the young vampire by taking her to a street corner and telling her to count the bricks in the houses till he returns. He then got a witch to cast a spell that would sever the link and promptly left New Orleans. He does not find out that the spell did not work until 60 years later. Horrified, he returns to New Orleans to see if the other vampire really kept counting bricks all those years. To his relief he finds out that the compulsion weakened after a few days and the vampire was able to leave that street corner. However, she still has an obsessive habit of counting bricks whenever she gets bored.The Atrocity Archiveby Charles Stross has protagonist Bob Howard mention that, because of what the Laundry does, everyone working for it has Ultimate Job Security and can never be fired, just put on Punishment Detail. He recounts a time where he once didn't bother to show up for work for a while, but finally changed his mind after he got bored with counting cracked tiles in his bathroom.