We might be in an age of big data, but people have been trying to convey large numbers for a long time. John F. Ptak takes a quick look through the archives for the size of big things compared to ships. “These units of measurement do seem a little odd, but they really have a capacity to humanize inescapably difficult numbers by putting them in context with a known entity, like Trinity Church.”
Measuring things with ships
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Toilet Paper Calculator
Maybe you’re starting to run low. Here’s how much you’ll need when you go to restock.
Percentage of People Who Married, Given Your Age
Or, given your age, the percentage of fish left in the sea. Here’s a chart.
Who We Spend Time with as We Get Older
In high school, we spend most of our days with friends and immediate family. But then we get jobs, start a family, retire, and there’s a shift in who we spend our days with.