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SCIENCE & FACTS
 
 


This section contains interesting factual and numerical data that science has discovered and proved.  From the size of the universe, to the speed of light, to the concept of infinity, all information contained on this page is fact, not opinion.



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ONE BILLION:

How much is one billion?  It's common knowledge that a billion has three more zeros than a million, and is one thousand times a million, but comprehending its enormous magnitude is often misunderstood.  To appreciate the distance of one billion light years, the concept of one billion people, or the value of one billion dollars, let's try putting this number into perspective.

To count to one thousand, counting one number every second continuously, it would take 17 minutes.  Counting to one million at the same rate, it would take 12 days (counting nonstop, day and night).  But counting to one billion would take 32 years!

That's right; years

Imagine counting $1 billion with $1,000 dollar bills (hypothetically).  Using the above calculations, at the rate of $1,000 per second, you'd be counting your cash for 12 days!

Bill Gates was estimated to be worth approximately $40 billion in 1998.  At the present age of 44, let's predict that he lives another 40 years.  Assuming he retires tomorrow, and never earns a dime of interest, in order to deplete his funds at a constant rate over the next 40 years, he would have to spend $1 billion (or $1000 million) a year!  That's $83 million a month, $19 million a week, or breaking it down further, he would have to spend over $114,000 an hour, day and night, for 40 years.  Bill Gates, ladies and gentleman, is a rich man.

One final comparison: one million is one thousand thousand, and one billion is one thousand million.  As illustrated below, there is an astonishing difference between an "m" and a "b" in front of "illion!"  Using the same scale below (where one billion is 6 inches to the right of one million), one trillion would reside on the same line, 500 feet to the right of one billion!

One Billion Diagram

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SOUND SPEED VS. LIGHT SPEED:

The speed of sound at sea level is 760 MPH.  The speed of light is 186,282 miles/sec, or just over 670,000,000 MPH!  This equates to light traveling over 880,000 times faster than sound.  In comparison, traveling at the speed of sound is relatively insignificant when trying to achieve speeds approaching that of light.

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OVERPOPULATION:

A fascinating, yet devastating problem.

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THE SCOOP ON THE INTERNET:

The Internet is one of the most amazing mediums to ever be developed. It has become the largest and most easily accessible sharing of informational databases. In a nutshell, the Internet is merely a bulletin board that is accessible from anywhere in the world. More specifically, it is a large network of interconnected computers, and with only a few exceptions, almost all aspects of the Internet are available free to all users!

The Internet is combining information and communication, by funneling a wide scope of technologies into a single media. Gone are the days where it was necessary to leave your house to buy a book, research a topic, or mail a letter. Also gone are the days that you needed to turn your TV on for the weather or the news. Even magazines and newspapers are finding competition against their own Internet versions (offered by most major publishers).

Many people have said to me, "what’s the big deal about the Internet; I have yet to find a use for it." The fact that you’ve made it to this site suggests that you are a somewhat Internet savvy individual (and have good tastes, I might add). But if I may, I’d like to offer a diverse list of several amazing things about the Internet, including places to visit with links where appropriate:

  1. Communicate with anyone in the world, for free!
  2. Call anyone's telephone in the U.S. for free! (link)
  3. Download practically any song recorded, in CD quality!
  4. Almost everything is free!
  5. Practically endless information (doubling in size every year)
  6. Listen to the Chicago O’Hare Air Traffic Controllers LIVE!
  7. Watch NASA-TV Live! (link)
  8. Watch astronauts in space LIVE (when the shuttle is on a mission)
  9. Track any domestic flight by looking at a moving map with the actual airplane’s moving position! (link)
  10. View up-to-the-minute weather, including live satellite imagery, Doppler radar, moving maps
  11. Buy and Sell stocks in real time online
  12. Reserve Airline Tickets
  13. Download and listen to thousands of movie sound clips from various films! (link)
  14. Buy Books and music online
  15. many more ideas and links coming soon!


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INTERESTING FACTS:

  • There are 86,400 seconds in a day.
  • Using a scale of the earth being 1 day old, the human being has only existed for 36 seconds.
  • If one was to weigh all of the land animals of the earth, 10% of that mass would be ants.
  • Second to our sun, to reach the closest star to earth, Alpha Centauri, one would have to travel the speed of light for over 4 years.
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  • "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
  • "Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  • A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • There are only four words in the English language that end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  • Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
  • Everyday more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
  • The cost of raising a medium-sized dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.
  • The average number of people airborne over the U.S. any given hour: 61,000.
  • "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.
  • If you were to spell out numbers starting from "one", the letter "a" would first appear as character 1000.
  • At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

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