Hello, Bilbo Baggins!

I'm throwing a big BBQ in my backyard, and I need some help gathering foodstuffs.

By my calculations, I will need 8 tubs of ice cream to feed everyone for dessert,

and I send you to the supermarket to purchase some.

Coincidentally, the supermarket sells exactly 8 different flavors and has an abundance of each.

If my only instructions are for you to return with exactly 8 tubs,

i.e. I don't care if you repeat flavors at the sacrificing of others,

with how many different groupings can you possibly return?

For each purchase, you have 8 choices of flavors.

Since you make 8 such decisions, there are: . possible outcomes.