Jeff, he of the mightyOhm, asks:
Have you ever wondered why standard 5% resistors have strange values, like 330 and 470 Ohms, instead of nice round numbers like 300 or 500 Ohms?
It turns out that standard resistor values form a preferred number series defined by the EIA. 5% values are part of a standard called E24. The standard is based on a geometric series – each value is approximately 1.1 times the previous one in the set.