From here to the finish line…

We can see it from here! (Flickr/cole24_)

Can it just be winter break already? Let’s consider the official beginning of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year to be 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 — that’s when Yale’s academic calendar declares it to start, anyway, and if you’re free before then we envy you. That still feels reaaalll far away. If we start calculating from this moment (Nov. 29, 12 p.m.), it’s 20 days, 5 hours, and 30 minutes. Or 485.5 hours. Which is 29,130 minutes, or 1,748,000 seconds. Here’s a look at what will go down between now and then:

  • Not only will pizza eaters worldwide will eat 611,800,000 slices of pizza, they’ll consume approximately 76% of the total mass of all gold ever mined in pepperoni.
  • The average American kid will watch approximately 66 hours and 41 minutes hours of TV. (He or she will spend approximately 93 hours and 48 minutes in school.)
  • China will consume 60 billion plastic bags.
  • Driving continuously at top speed, the Bugatti Veyron (that is, the fastest car in the world) could travel around the Equator approximately 5.2 times.
  • You will burn 7,000 calories by fidgeting. If you started chewing gum now and kept doing so continuously until the officially designated beginning of break, you’d burn 5,340.5 calories.
  • 1,747,800 hours of video will be uploaded to YouTube.
  • Americans will consume 8 billion cups of coffee. That’s approximately 4.2 times the volume that can be carried by the world’s largest oil supertanker.
  • The Apollo 11 Spacecraft could travel to the moon approximately 6.651 times. The fastest runner in the world could run approximately 17.598% of the way to the moon.
  • McDonald’s will open 20 new restaurants in China. Meanwhile, one billion fast food items will be served to Americans.
  • In total, Facebook users will spend approximately 4,720,138,896 minutes on Facebook.


DISCLAIMER: While performing these calculations, we decided we don’t actually care about significant figures, so that stuff might not be accurate. Also we didn’t really doublecheck our sources. Sry. 

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