Double To A Million Plan: Step Fifteen - Are We There Yet

Double To A Million Plan

Double Your Way To A Million
Starting with Nothing, Ending with a Million Dollars.

Author: Xinfinitum

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Step Fifteen - Are We There Yet

How To Double Your Way To A Million In 28 Steps

Around the World and Half Way to the Moon

Someone asked a good question in the comments of the last post that I wanted to address.

The question was:

"If you lined all up those cans and bottles end to end would they encompass the whole earth?"

The answer is: Yes Virginia, there is a heap-o-cans.

After exhaustive research my calculations are as follows:

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As stated before there are 285.714 bottles and cans per mile and there are 3,972,800 miles of roads in the USA so that comes to 1,135,084,579.2 Bottles and Cans across the country.

An average Bottle is 9.00 inches long and the average can is 4.875 inches long. Assuming we use a 50% ratio of bottles to cans we get 3,520 bottles and 6,498.4615 cans per mile or a total of 10,018.461 (bottles and cans to stretch one mile laid end to end).

The circumference of the earth is 24,900 miles so we multiply that by the quantity of bottles/cans in a mile and we get - 249,459,678.9 bottles/cans needed to circle the earth once.

But we have over a Billion of them so we can actually circle the earth:

4.5501725337144254618055631594898 times

Thats over four and half times around the world at the equator. To collect them all up though you would have to walk around on nearly 4 million miles of road. You would also need to double that because you got to cover both sides of the road, so its more like 8 million miles. That would be the equivalent of walking around the earth's circumference over 321 times to pick up all the trash.

As a side note the moon is 238,856 miles away and if we could lay the bottles and cans end to end we would get half way there. In fact while out there we might actually be able to pick up some good pieces of aluminum circling the planet to bring back as scrap. It is highly likely that there would be a few Bud cans floating around as well.

Motto: It is only "one" found penny.



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