A printed Wikipedia would weigh nearly twice as much as a car

Vsauce did the math on how much Wikipedia's 2 billion words would weigh.


Kevin Morris

Internet Culture

Published Mar 5, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 10:44 pm CDT

YouTube channel Vsauce is the premier reference work for imaginative brainiacs who get drunk and start dropping wonderful questions across the Internet.

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How much would Wikipedia weigh? Is eating yourself a viable survival strategy?  If you assume the Earth is spherical and you strap a belt around the equator–then add another six inches to it–how much will it rise above the Earth’s surface?  

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You may have never thought to ask these questions yourself, but if you possess even a basic human level of curiosity, you will agree that they all must be answered right now.

Thankfully Vsauce, which (quite accurately) bills itself as a purveyor of “mind-blowing facts,” is on the case. Check the video below for these answers plus a few others.

Here’s one: The English Wikipedia has about 2 billion words, which would translate into the equivalent of 1759 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Dump those on an imaginary industrial-sized scale, and it would report back 7,000 lbs. That’s nearly twice as heavy as most cars.

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*First Published: Mar 5, 2013, 2:23 pm CST