"Zero Powers" says:
> >From: "Wilson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >The entire human population of the Earth has room to stand, elbow to
> >elbow, in Leon County, Florida, USA.
> Hmmm. Assuming you give everybody 1 square foot to stand in (which is
> pretty tight quarters, especially for some people), that's 6 billion square
> feet. Which translates into 1,136,364 square miles. That's a pretty damn
I mile = 5,280 feet. I square mile = 27,878,400 feet. It takes about
215 square miles to hold 6 billion people at that density. But that
density is ridiculously tight. I mean, I this morning rode the NYC
subway at rush hour, and even so it was only about 300 people in about
600 square feet of area, and I hate to make it tighter than that.
But let's use metric shall we? Let's fit a comfortable 2 people /
square meter. We then need about 3,000,000,000 square meters. There
are 1,000,000 square meters per kilometer, therefore we need 3,000
square kilometers, or a square area about 55 kilometers on a side.
That's big, but not too, too big.
But one obvious question in re the superbowl party plans that Michael
Lorrey suggested: who's actually playing the superbowl, and running
the TV broadcast, etc.? No, I'm afraid a superbowl party would never
do. Clearly the right thing to do with that many people that tightly
packed is to have a concert. Music is the only force I've ever seen
that makes people voluntarily assume those kinds of densities for
significant periods of time. And, hey, you've got all the musicians
in one place!
All the best,
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