What’s the biggest number of man-made things on Earth?
All those newspapers and tea bags will have been recycled, used to wrap fish and chips or composted, so they no longer exist as newspapers or teabags, unless that is what they were recycled into. But, most bricks ever made probably still exist as bricks, even if they’re just buried underground somewhere.
If there’s 10,000 bricks in my house, I don’t own ten thousand of anything else, so there must be more bricks.Posted 9 years ago
Good call, Ernie. But, like paper, threads are manufactured in vast great lengths, and then cut. So, by the meter? And you could include string, rope, twine, etc.
Ball-bearings is another good one, epicyclo. Got to be a fair number of them, rolling around.
But I think ernie might actually have it.
There can surely be nothing greater than the number of pointless threads on tinternet…Posted 9 years agoEwanMember
I was reading ‘The world without us’*, the author of that book reckons that the most numerous man made thing on the planet is the little polymer fibres that are left behind when plastics are shredded/bashed/destroyed/broken down by UV. Incredibly stable (should last billions of years) and there are trillions upon trillions of them. They get everywhere, shellfish, people, where ever as they’re so small.
*Good book, scientific (ish) look at what would happen if we all disappeared over night.Posted 9 years agoTracker1972Member
Must be transistors, late to the “man made” party compared to bricks, sure, but very rough and ready research suggests 3,873 million “bricks” in the great wall of China and 376 million transistors in a Pentium D 900.
Call it 11 Pentiums and we have done that big wall.
3 million “bricks” in the great pyramid, well, we need a hundred odd pyramids for one Pentium!
Chips may be more efficient with fewer transistors, but the extra thousands in every calculator, car processors, microwaves, TV’s etc.
Just got to be, surely?Posted 9 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
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