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Dearest Weightologists,


As a sheepy I of course weigh something. Weighing something is very important to knowing that ewe have substance and that ewe’re actually not hollow.

See these insects ?





Nice eh ?


And these people ?



Nice eh ?..look at them there being all happy and cheery and looking up at ya.....what a bunch of wan people !!

Anyway, what I would like to know is if I got all the people on the planet together and gathered all the insects on the planet and weighed them.....which would be heavier ?

I know there’s like …way more insects than people…but we are like......way bigger..... so.....whajafink ?


Which Is Heavier ?..All The Insects or All The People ?



If ewe can let me know asap please because knowing this will help me loads and I like to be helped loads.

Ta


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Which Is Heavier ?..All The Insects or All The People ?
« Reply #1 on: 10/07/2010 16:52:55 »
My personal opinion would be the bugs, because I think I read somewhere that if you put all the ants alone in the world that they would weigh more than all the humans of the world. Now, I can't quote it, but that is what I believe I recall reading. If not please someone correct me if I'm wrong?
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« Reply #2 on: 10/07/2010 17:35:45 »
"Biomass" is what you're looking for ...

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Insects alone which comprise almost one million known species and perhaps millions yet to be discovered create an amazing amount of biomass. The number of individual insects is about 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000). Insects probably have more biomass than any other type of land animal. In comparison, if the weight of the Earth's human population were added up, the biomass of the insect population would be 300 times as great.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/biomass
 

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« Reply #3 on: 10/07/2010 17:43:26 »
My personal opinion would be the bugs, because I think I read somewhere that if you put all the ants alone in the world that they would weigh more than all the humans of the world. Now, I can't quote it, but that is what I believe I recall reading. If not please someone correct me if I'm wrong?

I just don't know Kareny Mam......as a firm believer in empirical study I went in my garden and picked up an ant.......it's like well light...assumming that there's a whole colony in my garden then that must comprise what ?..about 30 ??..well..thirty ants are probably the same weight as a fat spider...hmmmmmm......(sheepy ponders)...I can't seem to find a loophole in my evidence
 

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« Reply #4 on: 10/07/2010 17:45:24 »
"Biomass" is what you're looking for ...

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Insects alone which comprise almost one million known species and perhaps millions yet to be discovered create an amazing amount of biomass. The number of individual insects is about 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000). Insects probably have more biomass than any other type of land animal. In comparison, if the weight of the Earth's human population were added up, the biomass of the insect population would be 300 times as great.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/biomass

300 times ????...sheesh !!..thanks RD...there must be some very big ants that I just have not seen in my garden.....are they like dark matter ?...Dark Ants ?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 16/07/2010 22:18:14 »
There is an area upriver from me above Willow Creeck California where the whole ground is covered by huge ants.. When you stand in this daytime campground which is really large area, you get really dizzy then you think wow somethings wrong with me then boom you start feeling little pinches and look down at your leg and The whole ground everywhere you look is completely carpeted by ants.. They are moving so fast it makes you dizzy to stand in place....

The irony of it is that it is a daytime picnic area.....LOL.....The guys unloaded our picnic set it on the table without looking then headed for the car.. meanwhile us girls unloaded.. it was hot outside but within 15 seconds or so our legs were covered by ants.. and let me tell you there were so many even i started screaming! LOL I am noormally not afraid or un-nerved by critters but this was different.. There was not a single opening in the carpet of ants you could not see the ground beneath them...... You would have had no doubt who outweighed who if you had been in this spot... Very creepy! and painful...It was He** trying to get our stuff in the car and brush them off fast enough to not take them home with us.....scary!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 26/07/2010 23:22:59 »
Speaking of insects i've just watched david attenbrough's 'life in the undergrowth'. it's really interesting.
 

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