200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Yesterday was a trip to the planetarium in Schenectady and a visit to the attached museum. The planetarium show was very nice and the museum was surprisingly interesting. Here's what I learned at the museum - a gallon of gas contains roughly 30,000 kilocalories of energy. This is the same kcal that we eat 500 of when we eat a big mac. So it's pretty easy to calculate how many big macs would equal the equivalent of a gallon of gas (about 60 in this calculation). Interestingly, the museum got it wrong in their exhibit - obviously not made by anyone with a mathematical bent!
Further, if we use about 100 kcalories by walking a mile, it would take us walking 300 miles to work off the amount of kcals in that 60 big macs or 1 gallon of gas. So ... we humans have an mpg of 300.
The other thing I learned, but not at the museum, is that google does calculations now. If you type in "500 x 60" in the google place, the answer comes up as your first search result.