Of Numbers Big and Small

150 trillion bits of info

150 billion

is the number of bits if information that human brain (perhaps even mine!) is capable of storing during average lifetime.

Numbers. Cock18,631,409,000

is the number of poultry chickens in the world, according to  FAOSTAT, which is roughly 2.7 birds per the inhabitant of the planet. 

$20.2 billion is the amount the U.S. military has been spending annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan according to a former Pentagon official, as reported by NPR. That’s more than NASA’s budget.


is the number of  China Mobile’s  subscribers as of July 2013.  China Mobile Limited  中国移动通信 is the world’s largest telecommunication company and mobile phone operator in the world.


is a number of spam messages needed to sell  $100 worth of Viagra. The determination  was made by the scientists from the University of California at San Diego, researching spam marketing.

Numners. Assyrian Dictionary


is the number of years it took to the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD) to compile multi-volume Assyrian Dictionary — the dictionary of Akkadian (Assyrian) language.

Numbers. Дупель


hours non-stop flight time, covering over 4,200 mi at average speed of up to 60 miles per hour. This record belongs to the Great Snipe (Gallinago media), a small stocky wader bird.


years (since 1973) is as long as Sadhu Amar Bharati, an Indian holy man, claims that he has had his right hand raised in the air  in devotion to god Shiva.

numbers. Bee Contest             26

kilogram of bees were covering the body of  42-year-old beekeeper Wang Dalin,  in Longhui County of Shaoyang City, central China’s Hunan Province, on  July 17, 2011 when he was declared a winner of the  hour-long contest.  (Xinhua/Lu Jianshe reporting)

Numbers. Mugabe10

days in jail was a punishment Police Sergeant Alois Mabhunu received for using the President’s of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe’s private bathroom.


is the number of  zettabytes that annual global IP traffic will surpass by the end of 2017. In 2017, global IP traffic will reach 1.4 zettabytes per year, or 120.6 exabytes per month. Global IP traffic will reach 1.0 zettabytes per year or 83.8 exabytes per month in 2015. (Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2012–2017)



year in Neptune years or 164.79 Earth years  have passed since its discovery. Neptune was mathematically predicted before it was first telescopically observed on 24 September 1846.

Anon Book Sculpture

1 (one)

is the number of copies of the novel Shift (In Russian, Сдвиг) by the Russian writer Maxim Aleshin was published. It was bound in his own skin — such was the writer’s dying wish.


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