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[Request] How many KFC buckets of crispy chick would it take to fill the mega bucket??

1 Comment
23:30 UTC


[Request] twitter isn't seeing eye to eye here. What would your answer(s) be, and why?

20:49 UTC


[Request] Is it possible to drink this much Mountain Dew in a month?

15:52 UTC


[request] a propellor is being dragged behind a sailing boat. how would you calculate the RPM of the propellor given the speed of the vessel and the diameter, pitch and number of blades on the prop?

The problem:

I have a very expensive, high-end wind generator on my sailing vessel. Unfortunately, it has broken blades. Replacing the blades is prohibitively expensive ($2000). Many sailing vessels utilise hydrogenerators that are dragged behind the vessel under way. I am proposing to remove the hub that holds the blades, couple on a shaft and propellor, and drag the prop behind the boat to create a DIY hydrogenerator. The generator itself would remain in a dry location on deck, driven by a ~2m shaft.

I have a table of the RPM required at the wind generator's shaft to produce a given wattage. I also have a number of spare props lying around. I would like a formula to calculate how fast a given prop would turn the shaft, given its dimensions and particulars (pitch, blades, diameter, rake if necessary).

- I do not need the RPM figure to be very precise, +/- 20% would be fine

- assume there is no friction from the shaft and hub

- ideally I want to achieve something like 900 rpm at 5 knots (5.7mph)

- Example problem using a propellor I have lying around: the diameter is 9.5 inches, the pitch 10 inches, number of blades 3. How fast would this propellor spin when dragged at 5kts through salt water?

Here is the RPM to power table if it helps. It would be ideal if I could achieve 900rpm or higher while travelling at 5 to 7 kts.


thank you for your help!

15:38 UTC


[RDTM] /u/sethboy66 proves that 2 pills in 2 hours is the correct answer to a trivial pursuit question

Even with it being /r/science I thought this was worthy of recognition for the effort put in.

1 Comment
15:34 UTC


[Request] How many individual corns in this glass?

Should be about 1L glass, does someone have a corn volume occupancy number?

13:51 UTC


[Request] My almost 5 year old son has just asked me “how long would it take to build a one hundred million storey building?”

This question is working under the following parameters

  1. Such a building was physically possible
  2. Each floor needs to be tall enough to live in (for an adult).
10:09 UTC


[Request] Given that the average number of skeletons per human body is higher than 1 (pregnant women), does that hold true for legs too?

Given that pregnant women will have 4, but that’s offset by some people with no legs, or 1 leg.

09:46 UTC


[Request] Would this house enough refugees to solve the Mediterranean refugee crisis?

04:10 UTC


[REQUEST] double check my math car vs bus

1 Comment
03:43 UTC


[Request] In Gundam, the citizens of side 7 had enough time to get to safety before the colony ran out of air. How long did it take for side 7 to run out of air?

1 Comment
02:57 UTC


[Request] If there was a faucet running water from an infinite source, how long would it take to fill all of the earth’s oceans?

02:25 UTC


[Request] What would it take (energy, equipment, time) to stop the rotation of the earth?

Alright, reddit. I'm sick of night and day. I'm sick of morning people and night owls. I want to stop this planet from spinning -- can it be done? From an engineering perspective, what will it take, and how long do I have to keep dealing with these crazies?

21:22 UTC


[Request] Based on this proposal, how many liters is a deciminute ?

Using the relation between meters, liters and grams in the metric system and this redditor's proposal, how many liters is a deciminute ?

17:44 UTC


[Off-Site] - Calculating the impossible Refractive Index of the prism for Dark Side of the Moon cover by Pink Floyd


TLDR - The prism shown on the cover of Dark Side of the Moon is not physically possible due to the angles of light coming out. Form over function in this case.

1 Comment
16:07 UTC


[Request] How far apart would 77 towers be if they were evenly spread across earth's land?

tried to ask ChatGPT, but it kept spewing out different answers

for example, when asked about 77 evenly spaced towers:

CHATGPT Answer 1 (44 km):

If you have 77 towers that are evenly spaced across the Earth's land, we can calculate the distance between each tower.

Assuming the land area of the world is approximately 148.94 million square kilometers, we can divide this by the number of spaces between the towers, which is one less than the number of towers (76 spaces).

Land area between each tower = Land area of the world / Number of spaces = 148.94 million square kilometers / 76 ≈ 1.96 million square kilometers

Now, let's convert the square kilometers to meters by multiplying by 1,000,000.

Land area between each tower = 1.96 million square kilometers * 1,000,000 ≈ 1,960,000,000 square meters

To find the distance between each tower, we take the square root of the land area between each tower.

Distance between each tower = √(1,960,000,000 square meters) ≈ 44,246.81 meters

Therefore, if you have 77 towers evenly spaced across the Earth's land, the distance between each tower would be approximately 44,246.81 meters (or about 44.25 kilometers, 27.49 miles).

CHATGPT, Same Question, Answer 2 (519 km):

If you have 77 towers evenly spaced across the land area of the Earth, we can calculate the average distance between each tower. Assuming that the land area is approximately 148.94 million square kilometers, we can proceed with the calculation.

To determine the average distance between each tower, we divide the circumference of the Earth (at the equator) by the number of towers.

Circumference of the Earth = 40,075 kilometers

Average distance = Circumference / Number of towers = 40,075 kilometers / 77 ≈ 519.48 kilometers

Therefore, if 77 towers were evenly spaced across the land area of the world, they would be approximately 519.48 kilometers (or about 322.61 miles) apart from each other on average.

So... Which one is it? Maybe neither?

09:27 UTC


[Request] What are the chance of passing the whole deck of card at this game.

  1. Shuffle a deck of 52 cards.
  2. Turn over the first card by saying "Ace"
  3. If the card is an Ace, you lose.
  4. Turn the second card by sayiing "Two"
  5. If the card is a 2, you lose.
  6. Continue like that counting like that: Ace,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K,A,2,3,...

What are the chances of passing the whole deck without dying?

I did some Monte Carlo sims and I get around 1.6%.

How do you solve that analytically. It just seems too much conditionals and a product of a product with a general term that I'm too lazy to try and resolve...

Edit: (12/13)^52 = 1.557%

00:23 UTC


[Self] Smaug's gold vs math

22:12 UTC


[REQUEST] 9 year waitlist for a car

My brother is on the hunt for a new car. The one he likes, he was told, has a 9 year waitlist. It is electric, and I know those are in demand, but it just seems nuts to me!

My question- how many cars behind is the factory?!! (Obvs the people on the waitlist may drop off etc) but if it is truly 9 years, how many cars will be made before his name comes up?

Before retiring, my dad worked on the assembly line at Ford, and they put out 1 car every 60 seconds, 24 hours a day. I’m not sure that’s the same for electric- but I’m happy with that as a starting point!!

TIA! We are so curious!

16:52 UTC


[Request] trying to hang multiple pictures and get correct spacing

I'm not a smart person and cannot figure this out. I have a wall that is 10 feet wide. I have 4 pictures that are 17.5 inches wide a piece. They all hang from a single point in the center of the picture. I want to hang them spaced evenly from each other. I also want a little bit of a buffer(?) on the left and right side near the edges of the wall making them look centered instead of exactly evenly spaced across the whole wall. I hope this makes sense.

16:51 UTC


[REQUEST] How long would it take to download Skyrim from Steam using this modem?

Let's assume that's an early modem where 2400 baud actually means 2,4 kbps. If it's actually 9,6 kbps we'll just divide by 4. Let's factor in possible bottle necks given by poor land-line signal, LAN interface between my C64 and the storage medium, etc. (although I believe the narrowest bandwidth is definitely the modem itself). How many days and hours would it take to download Skyrim from Steam?

10:47 UTC


[Request] What are the chances and how do you calculate and why?

Hoping someone can help settle a disagreement on how to calculate the chances of the scenario below and an explanation of why and how:

There is a box with 25 switches

Each switch can only be up or down

You have to get the right combination for only 4 of them to 'win' (in this case triggered a lock to open)

You do not know which 4 switches are the relevant ones

What are the chances that you randomly (not methodically) mess around with the switches and get the right combination?


  1. does it matter if the action was random versus methodical (e.g. going through one by one)
  2. Does it matter if only one person randomly messed around with it or multiple people with the only the last person getting lucky

Does the calculation change if there is also a master switch--a master on/off switch?

07:39 UTC


[Request] If I were to engrave my 5 letter name on the moon so that it is visible from Earth; how would it affect our atmosphere?

Edit: in English with a laser

03:36 UTC


[Request] Excluding wind, air pressure and fatigue, how much time would it take for an average huntsman spider to climb the Burj Khalifa?

It's 4AM but I don't need sleep, I need answers.

01:59 UTC


[Request] If the net worth of top 10 richest people in the USA were equally distributed to everyone in USA, how much would 1 person get?

01:22 UTC

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