email@example.com (Dan Day) Well, let's see. There are about 400,000 species
firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Day)
Well, let's see. There are about 400,000 species of beetles.
For male and female, that's 800,000 specimens. If you put each
in a little box one centimeter on a side (which would probably
be too small for a great many of the species) and packed them as
tight as you could, you'd need a deck space thirty by thirty feet to
lay them out on. This doesn't leave any aisles for walking
between them and feeding the little guys, of course.
That takes care of the beetles, now consider each of the other
orders of insects... Then eventually we have to start considering
scores of animals that are larger than a pinto bean, but I suspect
all the space will have been used up by then.
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