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Onan the Clumsy
24th Jul 2003, 23:50
The number of stars in the universe (1)

More than the number of grains of sand in all the beaches and all the deserts...

...but not necessarily more than the number of grains of sand still in my sleeping bag after that holiday in the Cote 'Azur twenty years ago.

(1) according to Australian astronomers

25th Jul 2003, 00:02

70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 : my chances of winning the lottery

70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 : number of squares of toilet paper a person uses in their protracted lifetime

70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 : the number of people who unsuccessfully guessed how to say correctly the number 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

SixStarAnsett :8

25th Jul 2003, 00:56
I think it is fair to assume that someone was paid real money to undertake the counting of the stars in the sky. If that is the case I would like to know how much they were paid, by whom, and if the $amount exceeded $500.00, why?

25th Jul 2003, 01:43
Ah, I remember when somebody worked out the number of pebbles on Brighton Beach. Same way, too. Probably cost about 50p for the cup of tea they were drinking at the time ;)

Onan the Clumsy
25th Jul 2003, 01:57

Seventy Sextillion I believe :8

25th Jul 2003, 03:10
70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 : my chances of ever working again at 50 in SE England...

14,000,000 to 1 : my chances of winning the UK lottery...

Money available for lottery - nil. Oh b*gger! C'est la vie!

25th Jul 2003, 03:25
I see now it's an astronomical (sic) number, but I only found that out when I clicked on the title. Until then, I thought it was the number of WMDs expected to be found in the next week or so. Or the amount of investment in the NHS that New Labour were going to promise (sadly, all PFI). Then again it could be the margin of his own victory IDS will forecast at the next General Election. Or the amount Al Gore would need to stump up to bribe the Democrats to give him the next Presidential candidacy.

But most probably, like spork, it's how many "days off" I'm going to get down here in the South East.

Shaggy Sheep Driver
25th Jul 2003, 03:38
And here's another piece of useless astronomical information; even in the parts of space most densly populated by stars, the ratio of stars to space is less than the equivalent of 3 grains of sand in a cathedral (not sure if this applies with Globular Clusters or not.....).


25th Jul 2003, 04:10
Right, who wants to count them to make sure. I bet you 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 say no, or I bet you 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 no one will count 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Imagining losing your concentration 69,999,999,999,888,999,999,009, **cough cough** Where was I again?:sad:

25th Jul 2003, 04:28
70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000: The number of times Clinton thought of sex during his 8 years in the Whitehouse.

69,999,999,999,999,999,999,999: The number of times he wished Hillary would just dissappear. Permanently.

69,999,999,999,999,999,999,998: The number of votes the Democrats plan to pad the voting boxes with so they'll win next time. ("But it's more than the population...I think???")


25th Jul 2003, 16:57
Ansett the correct number is Seventy times ten to the twenty one :p :8

25th Jul 2003, 17:42
actually G-ALAN, it is my understanding that if you use that technique the first number cannot be over 10, so it would be 7x10 to the 22.:= :ok:

25th Jul 2003, 19:56
D'OH! You're right Dozza! :{ Wouldn't the answer work out the same though? where's me scientific calculator gone?, Oh found it! covered in dust :p

25th Jul 2003, 20:32
Derrrrrrr whot bee a numbah?!? Sorry if anyone talks maths to me I fully display my mathematical ignorance.

It's probably best I sit up the back of the plane and not the front ;)


25th Jul 2003, 21:08
Dunnit! :8

The answer is... 42 :cool:

Onan the Clumsy
25th Jul 2003, 21:26
shouldn't it be 0.7E23?

:8 :8 :8 :8 :8

25th Jul 2003, 21:52
Otherwise known as a Bernieplex:

The dollars payable over the term of a contract to the CEO of Airservices Australia. Including a golden parachute and then buying his house as well.