# Projects > EMERGE Fellowship

### How many seconds are in one millennium?

Number of seconds in a minute | |

Number of minutes in a hour | |

Number of hours in a day | |

Number of days in a year | |

Number of years in a millenium | |

Number of seconds in a millenium | |

### What is the speed of light in millimeters per century?

Speed of light (meters / second) | Defined standard | |

Number of millimeters in a meter | ||

Number of seconds in a minute | ||

Number of minutes in a hour | ||

Number of hours in a day | ||

Number of days in a year | ||

Number of years in a century | ||

Speed of light (mm / century) | ||

### How many meals will the average person eat in a lifetime?

Average human lifespan | UN estimate for 2005-2010 (top of page 15) | |

Number of meals eaten per day | ||

Number of days in a year | ||

Average number of meals per lifetime | ||

### How many movie tickets will Americans buy this year?

North American Box Office in 2013 (in US$) | MPAA estimate for 2013 | |

Average ticket price in North America (in US$) | MPAA estimate for 2013 | |

Latin American Box Office in 2010 (in US$) | MPAA estimate for 2013 | |

Average ticket price in Latin America (in US$) | Based on sampling | |

Average % change | MPAA estimate, on page 4 | |

Number of movie tickets Americans bought per year | ||

### A National League baseball team has 25 players. Nine players can be in a starting lineup. How many starting lineups can one team field?

Number of players in team | ||

Number of players in starting lineup | ||

Number of distinct starting lineups possible | ||

### What is the probability of a PGA golfer getting a hole in one on a par 3?

According to http://www.holeinoneinsurance.com/hole-in-one-odds.html, there is a 2,500 to 1 chance for a professional golfer to get a hole-in-one.

### What fraction of the United States is paved?

Length of paved roadways (in km) | CIA estimate | |

Average width of paved roadways (in ft) | US DoT estimate - 2x9' lanes + 2x4' shoulders | |

Surface area of United States (in km^{2}) |
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Fraction of US that is paved | ||

### Suppose you were to type the contents of every literary work held in the Library of Congress in nanometer-sized font. How many 8.5x11 inch pages would you require?

Number of literary works | LoC estimate - 23,592,066 cataloged books + 12,344,477 other printed material | |

Average number of pages per literary work | Estimated number from sampling representative works | |

Average number of characters per page | Estimated number from sampling representative works | |

Font width (in nm) | ||

Font height (in nm) | ||

Number of Letter-sized pages required | ||

### A supertanker crashes in the Gulf of Mexico. How many square kilometers of oil could be spilled?

Type of supertankers | ||

Deadweight tonnage | ||

Density of oil (kg/m^{3}) |
Light = <850; Heavy = >1000 | |

Film thickness (nm) | ||

Oil spill area (in km^{2}) |
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### How many seconds would it take to transmit the Bible in Morse code over a telephone line?

Bit rate (bps) | Shannon-Hartley, B=3000, S/N=1000 | |

Seconds to transmit Old Testament through Morse code over telephone | ||