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I am trying to express the concept of 500,000 gallons (US liquid, 128 fl. oz.) in terms of the volume of some other container or object. Can you think of a good analogy? <br /><br /> Everything I have come up with so far has either been a little boring (e.g. slightly less than an Olympic size swimming pool) or difficult to understand (the same volume of water that's in all the people sitting in every seat in Fenway Park). What can you come up with? Bonus points for Massachusetts regionality.post:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:47:40 -0800nektonvolumewatergallonsBy: WinnipegDragon
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The wave pool at Six Flags New England is 500,000 gallons.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573206Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:54:26 -0800WinnipegDragonBy: odinsdream
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The DOT maintains average fuel usage statistics. Perhaps you could find them for your locality and present it along the lines of:<br>
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"500,000 gallons of gas are used by residents of Township in three days."comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573208Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:54:59 -0800odinsdreamBy: WinnipegDragon
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Also, the water tank at the <a href="http://www.mmr.org/Community/guide/guide01_fs.htm">Massachusetts Military Reservation</a> (aka Otis Air Force Base) is 500,000 gallons. There is a pic in this link.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573216Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:59:40 -0800WinnipegDragonBy: rolypolyman
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Simple -- 66,840 cubic feet. So it would completely fill the contents of a 8355 square feet office, or about 5 residential houses (not counting basement and attic).comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573217Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:59:45 -0800rolypolymanBy: pgoes
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Using <a href="http://www.sciencemadesimple.net/volume.php">this link</a> I get 2,475 cubic yards, which would cover Foxboro stadium field (or any other) end zone to end zone with 13.68 inches of water.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573221Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:07:09 -0800pgoesBy: smackfu
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Are you trying to make it seem big or small?comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573228Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:13:56 -0800smackfuBy: malp
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0.07-inches of rain on a quarter acre of land.<br>
Approx 1000 2-liter soda bottles<br>
The amount of water that goes over niagara falls in 0.7 milliseconds.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573233Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:18:16 -0800malpBy: nekton
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Well, I suppose if it's biased toward a direction, I'm trying to make it seem big. It's for a water conservation outreach campaign.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573237Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:20:34 -0800nektonBy: malp
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oops, I was using 500 gallons, not 500,000 gallons.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573238Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:20:58 -0800malpBy: JigSawMan
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My math may be off, but ...<br>
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500,000 US gallons = 64,000,000 US fluid ounces<br>
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64,000,000 US fluid ounces = 5333333.3334 cans of beer (12 ounce container)<br>
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1 can of beer is about 4 3/4 inches tall<br>
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4.75 times 5333333.3334 = 25333333.33365 inches or 399.83165 miles<br>
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399.83165 miles is 643.466667 kilometers<br>
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So 500,000 US gallons is a stack of beer cans just under 400 miles or just over 643 kilometers high.<br>
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Extra points on how tall a pyramid of beer cans of this volume would be...comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573240Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:22:32 -0800JigSawManBy: luneray
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I like the 2-litre bottle idea, because it's an object that most people are familiar with.<br>
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However, 1000 2-litre bottles is only 528 gallons.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573242Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:23:30 -0800lunerayBy: JigSawMan
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Oh great, there goes my 400 mile stack! :(comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573243Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:23:49 -0800JigSawManBy: malp
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18.4 inches of rain over 1 acre<br>
100,000 2-liter soda bottles<br>
The amount of water that goes over niagara falls in slightly less than a second (0.7 seconds)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573244Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:24:13 -0800malpBy: bonehead
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500,000 gallons is...<br>
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167 small fuel tank trucks (the kind that deliver heating oil)<br>
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38 "18-wheeler" tank trucks<br>
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1 olympic-sized swimming pool (actually 550,000 gallons)<br>
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0.01 VLCC-class supertanker (44 billion gallons)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573247Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:28:30 -0800boneheadBy: oddman
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I couldn't find a great picture, but you might be able to.<br>
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Discovery Bay has a 500,000 gallon <a href="http://www.mnzoo.com/guests/PartyPlanner/events.asp">dolphin pool</a>.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573250Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:37:56 -0800oddmanBy: Steven C. Den Beste
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500,000 gallons of water weighs 2,000 tons.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573256Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:50:27 -0800Steven C. Den BesteBy: leapfrog
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Depending whether you're using a tetrahedral (triangular-based) pyramid or a square pyramid, your equations are:<br>
Tetrahedral:<br>
P(n)=1/6*n(n+1)(n+2)<br>
Square:<br>
P(n) = ((n^2+n)(2n+1))/6<br>
But, you want the height of the pyramid, so plug in 5333333 for P(n) and find the roots... <br>
A tetrahedral pyramid containing at least 5333333 beer cans would be 317 layers tall, or 125.48 feet (38.25m). <br>
A sqare-based pyramid containing at least 5333333 beer cans would be 252 layers tall, or 99.75 feet (30.40m). <br>
I hereby claim my extra points. <br>
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Pyramids aren't nearly as fun as stacks anyway. Enough beers to get the entire city of Atlanta sloshed should be taller than 125 feet.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573257Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:51:28 -0800leapfrogBy: unSane
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Well, for arguments sake let's say the average person uses 50 gals per day (about right). 500,000 gals could keep you going for almost 28 years.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573260Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:53:05 -0800unSaneBy: letourneau
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A half-million (US) gallons of water would submerge a (US) football field (including end zones) in just under 14 inches of water. GO PATS!comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573268Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:01:22 -0800letourneauBy: allen.spaulding
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I was trying to think of how big of a sculpture you could make with 500,000 gallons of jello, but I confused myself very quickly. In my head, it seems like you should be able to cast the state capital in Jello, if the inside is hollow.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573296Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:34:33 -0800allen.spauldingBy: TimeFactor
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16 tractor-trailers, roughly. (based on <a href="http://customcritical.fedex.com/us/serviceinfo/services/surfaceexpedite/truckspec.shtml?link=4">FedEx</a>'s truck cargo area data - 53' trailer, which I think is the standard big trailer). I tried to think of something comparable to a T car but more meaningful to someone who doesn't take the T everyday.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573318Tue, 25 Apr 2006 15:02:43 -0800TimeFactorBy: sergeant sandwich
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well, 30 mL/s is a typical urination rate, i <a href="http://experts.about.com/q/Urology-Male-issues-989/Urethaplasty-recovery-complete-Conclusion.htm">gather</a>. that means it'd take one 730 days to whiz out that amount. that's just over 2 years non-stop!comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573336Tue, 25 Apr 2006 15:27:25 -0800sergeant sandwichBy: rob511
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Apologies in advance for any offense caused:<br>
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1) According to the <a href="http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/25000.html">US Census</a>, in 2004 there were about 2,540,000 women in the Bay State above the age of 18; and<br>
2) if each of these women decided to get (two) breast implants, and each <a href="http://facialplasticsurgery.lookingyourbest.com/info/samplephotos.php">implant was filled with about 370cc of liquid</a> <small><b>(NSFW)</b></small></b>; then<br>
3) the total volume of the <strike>improvement</strike> <strike>enhancement</strike> increase <a href="http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/CubicCentimeters/ToGallons.htm">converted from cm³ to US gallons</a> would be approximately ...<br>
4) <b>500,000 gallons!!</b>comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573400Tue, 25 Apr 2006 16:39:36 -0800rob511By: Wet Spot
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500,000 gallons is about 1.9 billion milliliters. There are about 650 million males in China. Average ejaculate volume is about 3 milliliters. 650 million times 3 is about 1.9 billion. There you go.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573447Tue, 25 Apr 2006 17:21:21 -0800Wet SpotBy: A dead Quaker
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2 1/2 times the size of the <a href="http://www.neaq.org/about/fact.html">Giant Ocean Tank</a> at the <a href="http://www.neaq.org/index.nonFlash.html">New England Aquarium</a>.<br>
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I'm amazed no one else thought of that.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-573554Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:09:24 -0800A dead QuakerBy: cgc373
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I think bonehead meant 44 <em>million</em> gallons in a supertanker. An ordinary supertanker carries something like 250,000 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supertanker">deadweight tons</a>, or two million barrels, or (since there are 42 gallons in a barrel) 80 million gallons. The estimate of 500,000 gallons being about one percent of a supertanker is a good one, if a supertanker carries 50 million gallons.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2006:site.36994-574014Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:31:56 -0800cgc373