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The weight of the world « The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith

The weight of the world

Monday, October 28th, 2002 - 10:56 am PST

Since the dawn of man, philosophers and statisticians alike have pondered the weight of the world. While the ancient Greek mathematician Himonedes put the number at 679 trillion tons, while the ancient Egyptians believed it closer to 15,000 million kulat. In the 1800s, Englishman Reginald Bixley attempted to a to first arrive at the volume of the world using the displacement of water method, but failed miserably, resulting in untold havoc and misery. Today’s scientists have solved the problem in a more roundabout way, declaring that the exact weight of the world as we know it is precisely 1 Earth.