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Old 02-02-2020, 01:59 AM
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how wide would an LP be of every word ever spoken?


Clearly this can't be calculated precisely, but I thought it would be an interesting thought/math experiment:

If we were able to put every word ever spoken by a human on one LP record, how wide would that LP be? And if we placed the earth at the center of the record, how far out would it go - what body in space would the edge be near?

I choose vinyl, since unlike a CD/DVD, I assume you can't play nearly as much with compression, so the size should be easier to calculate if you know the total size.

To figure this out, we need to estimate how much the average person speaks in a day/year, how long the average person lives, and how many "average" people have lived in history.

Any ideas?
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