Time is a pretty interesting concept because you can use it to gauge all manner of things. In 100 years what will have happened? In 100 days what will have happened? In a single second, what will have happened? We decided to look all around the world in order to take a measure of some of the crazy things that occur every single second. Some of these facts will surprise you and others will shock you. The next time you make an action, any action, just think about how many people around the world are doing the same thing at the exact same time. Listed below are 11 shocking things that happen every single second.
A bee will flap its wings over 270 times.
We haven’t busted out the hummingbird facts, and we just might not, but we will talk about bees a little bit. In a single second a bee will flap its wings over 270 individual times. This means that bees are never relaxing and always on the move. We guess that’s where the phrase ‘busy bee’ or ‘worker bee’ comes from! You probably are going to need a pair of patent lawyers to try and steal that phrase for your invention company, but we’re sure that there is a way. In any event, if you were to be born into the insect kingdom you likely wouldn’t want to be a bee…too much hard work, we’ll pass. Now we can talk about how many inches a sloth moves in a second but we’re pretty sure that the answer is 0, right up our alley.
Over 2,000 pounds of edible food is thrown away in the U.S.A.
When you live in a first world country you don’t have to worry about food, instead you’ll worry about things like car insurance online or how many minutes are left on your phone plan. In the United States over 2,000 pounds of edible food is tossed to the curb every single second. This profound waste of food is particularly shameful when compared against just how many countries in the world are full of starving people. We would love to see some patent inventions that try to put this food to use somehow, but we just aren’t sure if anybody is going to do it. The next time you consider chucking your food while worrying about discount auto insurance, think again — that food is valuable to someone.
Coca Cola rules the soda marketplace, 10,450 cans consumed every second!
If you got the urge to grab an ice cold can of Coke after reading that first sentence then we can safely say that the Coca Cola advertising empire is working right as rain. Coca Cola is one of the most popular brands of anything in the entire world, right up there with McDonalds and Wal Mart. Every single second over 10,450 cans of the red and silver drink are consumed and we are sure that this doesn’t take into account various holidays where drinking is going to be at a premium. We’d love to see the breakdown of where this soda is consumed at most often because we are sure that it would paint a pretty clear picture as to the various sugar issues across the world.
3 Barbie Dolls find their way to a new owner.
Barbie is the American Standard when it comes to doll toys for people around the globe. Every single second 3 dolls find their way into the hands of new owners around the globe. This means that 180 Barbie’s are purchased every single minute. Can you imagine having a product so popular that children everywhere are literally crashing the aisles in order to grab their own figure? Over the years Barbie has dwindled at least a little bit in popularity so we are interested to see what those numbers would have been even just a decade ago. Kids aren’t playing with toys quite as much but you can’t go wrong with getting a young child a Barbie, at least not yet.
418 KitKat Fingers are eaten worldwide.
The KitKat Fingers are a popular brand of candy but they are far away from being the most popular brand in the world. That’s why it shocks us to read that over 418 KitKat packages are eaten every single second around the world. If you could time up all of those crunches at one time we bet there would be a deafening sound. Every five seconds over 2,090 of the popular candy bars are eaten. There is one thing we are quickly learning: the human sweet tooth has no boundaries.
Six babies are born every second around the world.
The population on Earth is experiencing a boom quite unlike any other. Right now, around the globe, children are being born at an unrealistic pace for the planets stability. Every single second 6 babies are born. That means that every minute almost 360 children will be born around the globe. This could be why countries like China are implementing children limits for their citizens. We aren’t sure on the death statistics every second but we’re safely assuming that more kids are coming into the world than are going out of it. This puts other facts, like our edible food being thrown away, into even sharper light. We have to start taking care of the planet and ourselves as we overflow it.
41,000 status updates are posted to Facebook.
Is it safe to say that Facebook is going to be sticking around for awhile? The popular social media network has become a global phenomenon and it hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down in the near future. In fact, every single second over 41,000 posts are made to the website from around the planet. Facebook seems to be a fixture in our social world and we doubt that it changes anytime soon. It could be interesting to see if another platform ever overtakes it but we aren’t sure that it will happen at this point. Facebook is too ingrained in the social construct right now to be overthrown.
Americans consume 1,500 bottles of water.
The United States of America has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world available right from the tap inside of the majority of homes. So it astounds us that Americans will drink up to 1,500 bottles of plastic water every single second. To make matters worse, the majority of these plastic bottles end up in landfills where they stack up and pollute the environment. Plastic water bottles are one of the greatest casual threats to our environment and they need to be limited.
Lightning will strike the ground 100 times.
The earth is beholden to nature and as such, so are we. Every single second lightning will strike the ground about 100 times all over the world. This means that there is lightning constantly crashing into the earth every single second of every single day. Sort of puts things into perspective, doesn’t it? If you are afraid of storms maybe try forgetting we ever mentioned anything.
Over 100,000 chemical reactions will happen in your body.
Even when you are sitting still your body is still working into overdrive. Every single second over 100,000 chemical reactions are happening within every cell of your body. As this happens your body is constantly undergoing change and constantly adjusting to the environment around you. Every 10 seconds over 1 million chemical reactions will happen. It is making us kind of exhausted to even think of all the work going on underneath our skin while writing this. Oh well, we’ll make sure to sit around extra to make sure the work wasn’t all done in vain.
Bill Gates will earn $250 every single second.
If you needed some perspective on wealth then you should realize that Bill Gates, the CEO and founder of Microsoft, will earn $250 every single second of every single day. Add this up throughout an entire day and you’ll see that the genius is earning up to $20 million a day simply for the work that he has already done. It’s hard to believe but Bill Gates is living in a ‘post currency’ world. Anything that Bill Gates wants to buy would be available to him with the simple writing of a check.