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#1 pyruvate

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:43 AM

http://za.news.yahoo...-041526925.html

$1,000,000,000 / 0.05 = 20,000,000,000 nickels

1 nickel takes up 688.98 cubic mm, http://www.usmint.go..._specifications

20b nickels will take up 20b * 688.98 cubic mm which is 13,779,600,000,000 cubic mm or 13,779.6 cubic meters.

An A380's maximum cargo volume is 176 cubic meters, see the problem?  You need over 78 fully loaded A380's.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:18 AM

Catchy title. More pageviews.

Because money.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:12 AM

You'd need more than 78 A380s... An A380 fully loaded with nickels would also exceed MTOW wouldn't it?

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

Seems legit

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:24 AM

View Posttropicalfish, on 29 August 2012 - 11:12 AM, said:

You'd need more than 78 A380s... An A380 fully loaded with nickels would also exceed MTOW wouldn't it?

Indeed. Even if we ignore OP's (incorrect) assumption that 20bn nickels would only take up 13,779.6 cubic metres. Basing calculations on weight alone, you'd probably need ~ 700 A380Fs. If I found the right specs...

Edited by Chief_Bean, 29 August 2012 - 11:31 AM.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:47 AM

View PostChief_Bean, on 29 August 2012 - 11:24 AM, said:

Indeed. Even if we ignore OP's (incorrect) assumption that 20bn nickels would only take up 13,779.6 cubic metres. Basing calculations on weight alone, you'd probably need ~ 700 A380Fs. If I found the right specs...

Wait how much volume do they take up then?  I did ignore the fact that I was taking cylindrical volume and not rectangular containers, in which case you would they will take up 17,637.888 cubic meters I think.

I couldn't find the specs for the weight cargo capacity of the A380.

Anyways, the point is that the claims were ridiculous.

Edited by pyruvate, 29 August 2012 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:00 PM

View Postpyruvate, on 29 August 2012 - 11:47 AM, said:



Wait how much volume do they take up then?  I did ignore the fact that I was taking cylindrical volume and not rectangular containers, in which case you would they will take up 17,637.888 cubic meters I think.

I couldn't find the specs for the weight cargo capacity of the A380.

Anyways, the point is that the claims were ridiculous.

Well, yeah, as they're cylinders, they won't tessellate in a space-filling way. I dunno how to work out the true volume, but since you can't pack an A380 full of nickels, weight is the only relevant factor.

And indeed, it was to demonstrate the ridiculous-ness of the claim, but you were out by a factor of 10 :P

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:06 PM

View PostChief_Bean, on 29 August 2012 - 12:00 PM, said:

Well, yeah, as they're cylinders, they won't tessellate in a space-filling way. I dunno how to work out the true volume, but since you can't pack an A380 full of nickels, weight is the only relevant factor.

And indeed, it was to demonstrate the ridiculous-ness of the claim, but you were out by a factor of 10 :P

I make factor of 10 mistakes often :( .  Thanks for the correction though, so is it a factor of +10 or -10?  If it's +10, the claim is even more ridiculous than I calculated :lol:

Wait, calculating again you need 78,293,181.818 A380's?  ######, I guess this is what happens when you haven't had a Math class for over 6 months.

Edited by pyruvate, 29 August 2012 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:16 PM

View Postpyruvate, on 29 August 2012 - 12:06 PM, said:



I make factor of 10 mistakes often :( .  Thanks for the correction though, so is it a factor of +10 or -10?  If it's +10, the claim is even more ridiculous than I calculated :lol:

Wait, calculating again you need 78,293,181.818 A380's?  ######, I guess this is what happens when you haven't had a Math class for over 6 months.

I calculated based on weight (since a full weight payload is nowhere near full volume capacity by my guesswork), and the figure came out at 700-odd A380Fs (assuming loaded to MZFW).

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:22 PM

View PostChief_Bean, on 29 August 2012 - 12:16 PM, said:

I calculated based on weight (since a full weight payload is nowhere near full volume capacity by my guesswork), and the figure came out at 700-odd A380Fs (assuming loaded to MZFW).

Yea, copper is quite dense.  I guess the most efficient way to transport metals is by train.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:34 PM

The people who made this story up should be hired by wikipedia - the mother of all disinformation.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:41 PM

View PostMohammad, on 29 August 2012 - 01:34 PM, said:

The people who made this story up should be hired by wikipedia - the mother of all disinformation.

That's somewhat unsubstantiated :P

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:45 PM

View PostMohammad, on 29 August 2012 - 01:34 PM, said:

The people who made this story up should be hired by wikipedia - the mother of all disinformation.

Wikipedia isn't that bad, last semester I used it in organic chemistry labs for values of chemical and physical properties and they were always on par with the gigantic data books in the lab.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:47 PM

View PostChief_Bean, on 29 August 2012 - 01:41 PM, said:

That's somewhat unsubstantiated :P
Do not vandalize what I just wrote!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:48 PM

View PostMohammad, on 29 August 2012 - 01:47 PM, said:

Do not vandalize what I just wrote!

Eh?

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:50 PM

View PostChief_Bean, on 29 August 2012 - 01:48 PM, said:

Eh?
You didn't get it. :(

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:51 PM

View PostMohammad, on 29 August 2012 - 01:50 PM, said:

You didn't get it. :(

Well, I understand that would form the basis of your argument for Wikipedia being 'the mother of...disinformation', but didn't see the relevance to my post :P

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:57 PM

View Postpyruvate, on 29 August 2012 - 01:45 PM, said:

Wikipedia isn't that bad, last semester I used it in organic chemistry labs for values of chemical and physical properties and they were always on par with the gigantic data books in the lab.

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I use it for medicine all the time too. But it's got problems with vandalism and people who have their own agendas. Wouldn't surprise me if the hoax started from someone who edited the wikinews page related to that story and then some lazy journalist read it and decided to spread the word in hope for getting a promotion. :P

View PostChief_Bean, on 29 August 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

Well, I understand that would form the basis of your argument for Wikipedia being 'the mother of...disinformation', but didn't see the relevance to my post :P
Mate let's just leave it there. The joke was ruined. :lol:

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:01 PM

View PostMohammad, on 29 August 2012 - 01:57 PM, said:

I use it for medicine all the time too. But it's got problems with vandalism and people who have their own agendas. Wouldn't surprise me if the hoax started from someone who edited the wikinews page related to that story and then some lazy journalist read it and decided to spread the word in hope for getting a promotion. :P

I actually saw it on fb (someone else posted it) and others were believing it so I just furious that these people at a world's top University just believe ###### thrown at them and had to retaliate ASAP. :doh:

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:14 PM

That's how humans have become. They no longer question things.