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Old 04-12-2012, 12:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok,so in the song "Message in a bottle"Sting claims he awoke to 100 billion bottles on the shore.I seem to recall the video showing him on a deserted island with bottles washing ashore,but I can't seem to locate that.I don't recall if they were pop,or wine bottles,or even a mixture of such...so let's say an average 3.5" circle.

So seriously....100 billion bottles.I mean what kinda glass landmass are we talking about here?I'm surprised he couldn't walk to civilization,or build a glass cruiseliner.

So,um any math wizards got a surface area estimate for me?( I know some of you all love this stuff.)
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok,so in the song "Message in a bottle"Sting claims he awoke to 100 billion bottles on the shore.I seem to recall the video showing him on a deserted island with bottles washing ashore,but I can't seem to locate that.I don't recall if they were pop,or wine bottles,or even a mixture of such...so let's say an average 3.5" circle.

So seriously....100 billion bottles.I mean what kinda glass landmass are we talking about here?I'm surprised he couldn't walk to civilization,or build a glass cruiseliner.

So,um any math wizards got a surface area estimate for me?( I know some of you all love this stuff.)
350,000,000,000 square inches, which is 5,523,989.8989899 square miles, or 5.5 million square miles rounded...
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Average radius Earth= ~3595 miles
Surface Area= 4(3.14)(3595)^2=178,761,518.8 square miles.
5,523,989.9/178761518.8=0.0309

So about 3.1% of the Earth's surface.
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Well, you can't just walk on a bunch of loose floating bottles.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Average radius Earth= ~3595 miles
Surface Area= 4(3.14)(3595)^2=178,761,518.8 square miles.
5,523,989.9/178761518.8=0.0309

So about 3.1% of the Earth's surface.
Guess I got that wrong haha
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