Sunday, August 30, 2009

How Fast The Great Pyramid

According to respected scholars, the Great Pyramid of Giza was constructed over a 20 year period around 2560 BC and is comprised of 2.3 million blocks. Each block has an average weight of 2.5 tons or 5000lbs.
Let’s do the math.
1. 20 years multiplied by 365 days a year = 7300 days
2. 2,300,000 blocks divided by 7300 days = approximately 315 blocks a day
3. 1 day = 24 hours
4. 315 blocks divided by 24 hours = approximately 13 blocks an hour
5. 1 hour = 60 minutes
6. 1 block about 4.6 minutes
Ponder that. For the pyramids to have been built in 20 years the workers situated a 5000 pound stone, without error or mishap and regardless of position or height or bio-break every 4.6 minutes 24 hours a day for 7300 days straight. And let us not forget the pyramid has chambers and shafts and contains multiple types of stone! And never mind the logistics of paying, feeding, housing, and clothing the workers. And never mind how to dispose of all their..ahem...waste*. And never mind how you keep sourcing and producing all the tools to make the blocks (which a whole separate issue). And never mind how one replaces workers. Accidents and old age happen, after all. The support systems needed to build the pyramids might be more impressive than the constructs themselves. Unless, of course, the ancients did have anti-gravity devices. The rotten slackers.
And scholars wonder why us foolish, ignorant lay persons fancy outlandish theories about the lost and distant past on odd days. I’m not talking about supernatural or non-human aid. I’m talking about the amazing unknown potential of the human race. It gets a mind to wondering.

Be well, gentle reader.

*My extensive online search found an average human yields 3-8 oz of fecal matter per day. Either this is fact or multiple sources copied the Encyclopedia Britannica. One worker lasting the full twenty years would not only get a gold sun dial but also leave a total 40,150 oz of fecal matter using an average of 5.5 oz. That comes equals 2509.38 lbs. of post-digested Egyptian food. So, if two-thousand people were on the worksite, for example, then 50,187.60 lbs. of solid waste (don't even get me going on liquid waste) required proper and constant attention so sickness didn't sweep through the labor force. How did they do this?! These are the sorts of questions that keep me up at night.