Another report stated that the amount would “fill the Empire State Building every fifteen seconds.” Ridiculous. Is that with all the windows and doors closed? Open? Toilets and sinks plugged so the water can’t run through them?
It’s time these guys narrowed their field of comparisons to things that are far more meaningful. For example, the amount of water being released every minute:
- equals that which is expelled by the five million beer-guzzling attendees of the two-week-long annual Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
- matches the accumulated total soaked up then wrung out in the ShamWow commercials multiplied by the number of viewers over an eight-month period.
- is enough to wash every teacup made in the northern hemisphere since March 14, 1887 (includes rinsing).
- and finally is equal to half the sweat expressed by the workers in the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
I should be a reporter.
Photo credit: P.C. Piazza, Lafayette Daily Advertiser / May 15, 2011