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Science: 

Pile up every human alive and it wouldn’t even fill the Grand Canyon

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All pile on!

Prepare to feel very insignificant…

If you were to round up every single person in the world – all 7.159 billion of them, including yourself – and throw them in a huge heap, the pile wouldn’t even fill the Grand Canyon.

The vast natural wonder, in the state of Arizona, is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide, with a depth of over a mile. So yes, very big, but not quite big enough to stop this news from being a little bit depressing, or uplifting, depending on how you look at it.

The good people at the YouTube series Vsauce, with the help of Canadian designer Eesmyal Santos-Brault, are responsible for presenting us with this information – causing us to frown slightly and say “oh… oh right” before seriously considering throwing our computers through the window and going to live freely in the woods.

Feeling small yet?

The video doesn’t just stop there, it also tells us that every day you produce one or two liters of spit, which means in your entire lifetime you won’t even produce enough saliva to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool – let alone the Grand Canyon. Another dream shattered.

Another fun fact: If you were to squeeze the entire history of the universe into one year, the first anatomically modern humans would appear at 11:54pm on the 31st of December, and the invention of writing would happen with 15 seconds of the year remaining.

And if you want definitive proof about just how teeny-tiny we all are in the grand scheme of things, check out The Scale of the Universe 2 by Cary Huang. Then go back to worrying about your new haircut.

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