- What’s the biggest number of man-made things on Earth?
I was thinking about this, as I drifted off to sleep last night.
I mean, there’s things like plates and cups, which everyone on Earth has, near enough, but what single object is the most abundant?
It has to be bricks, surely? IE, something made of natural material, clay, mud etc, and baked hard, then used in the construction of a building.
Consider how long Man has used bricks. Then consider how many buildings have been made, using bricks. Over the last few thousand years or so.
Take Britain, for example. Lots and lots of brick-built buildings. How many bricks in the average structure? Thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Millions? Then, how many structures in Britain alone?
So, add all these bricks up, globally, and how many has Mankind created, since bricks were first used?
I’d say, probably more than any other man-made thing. Ever.
What do youse lot think? What about other things; nails, match-sticks, coins, Deore rear mechs, computer chips, etc?
I tried to start imagining the number oof bricks that have ever existed, but then I fell asleep.
How many bricks???Posted 9 years ago
Yolu’re an awkward fecker, aren’t you? 😆
The particles of dust are the result of erosion or other destruction. Plus, the particles themselves are just whatever the brick is made from, so they were there in the first place, smarty-pants!
I suppose transitors, in various forms, are plentiful, but they take many different types and forms. I meant a specific object that does a specific job, and whose form does not change radically, from one application to another.
Come on, people. any more ideas?Posted 9 years ago
I heard this week that 100,000,000 processing chips are made annually for PCs and laptops, and 10,000,000,000 processing chips are made annually for other purposes (microwaves, phones, tellies etc etc).
And, as an aside, that the chip on your debit card has 30 times the processing power of the guidance computer on the Apollo 11 moon lander.Posted 9 years ago
Apparently, there are 9 million bicycles in Beijing, and that’s a fact. So, a lot of spokes.
Hmm, the transistor thing has clouded the issue somewhat. But maybe transistors, in all their forms, are perhaps the most abundant man-made thing on Earth. Mind-boggling.
As for babies, well, apparently, there have been more people born in the last 200 years or so, than have ever been alive prior to that. So, Not as plentiful as bricks, or transistors, then.Posted 9 years ago
I would say that it’s something which is made daily for a once only use. Probably newspapers. Although they haven’t been made for that long, many millions are produced every day in just the UK.
Globally, 464 million people get a daily newspaper (2 years ago) and even more than that will have been produed every day.
There’s no way that bricks can compete with that, even if they have been made for a lot longer.Posted 9 years ago
FC; you may have me confused with someone else.
GG; good call, but if you expand that a bit, then you’re looking at individual sheets of paper. Considering how many books/leaflets/newspapers/magazines etc that have been produced, that’s got to be a colossal number. Tricky to assess actual numbers, though, as paper is produced in reams, and sheets cut from that. So, it’s in tonnage, perhaps, or square meters?
I still think bricks, as one type of thing produced. A brick is a brick is a brick…Posted 9 years ago
if you expand that a bit
You don’t need to – just ‘a’ newspaper will do. You’re looking at well over half a billion newspapers very day.
However many bricks there are in a house, the occupiers of the house will easily read more newspapers for duration of the life of the house, than there are bricks in the house.Posted 9 years ago
GG: Out of my window, I’m currently looking at several buildings, including a row of terraced houses, an old church, a school, and a housing estate. All brick-built. The building I’m in, is brick-built, as are most around. Assuming there are 40-50 bricks per square meter, then I’m currently looking at millions of bricks. And that’s just the external walls, that I can see. If you think about all the bricks in London alone, that’s got to be hundreds of millions, trillions of bricks. Multiply that by the Whole World, and that’s beyond even names for unfeasibly large numbers of things. Then, considering the thousands of years of mankind’s production and use of bricks, then I’d say, that outnumbers newspapers!Posted 9 years ago
Nah Rudy, say the average ‘dwelling’ has, what – 10,000 bricks ? If just one person in each dwelling bought a paper every day, that would be more than 10,000 every 30 years. And plenty of people don’t live in brick houses or flats.
Tea bags FC ? Well maybe if not so much paper was used to produce newspapers !
Obviously those who need to be kept informed, outnumber those who need to relax and not worry !Posted 9 years ago
No, I’m not having that, GG. You’re forgetting all the non-residential buldings, such as offices, railway stations, schools, hospitals, etc.
This well-known London landmark was the biggest brick-built building in Europe, once.
Most of the buildings in Docklands were brick. Huge great warehouses. And think about places like the West End. Mostly brick. King’s Cross/St. Pancras. Westminster Cathedral. Etc. And that’s just London…Posted 9 years ago
My house is made of papier mache.
Does that count
You are obviously a wasp – so it can hardly be considered to be “man-made”
Can it ?
EDIT : there’s obviously some sort of ‘echo’ in here, but why did I get a page come up saying “slow down you’re moving too fast – back to Singletrack” ? !Posted 9 years ago
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