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incredible human ears

Here is an excerpt from my book showing some incredible statistics and information regarding the capabilities of human ears.

On one end, your ears can pick up the mosquito’s buzzing from twenty feet away. On the other, your ears can comfortably distinguish sounds from a blasting stereo. Guess how many mosquitoes it would take to generate 50 watts of power?

This is interesting. Let me set the stage just right. Pretend you mailed out the invitations to every single mosquito in the city. You make the arrangements and get a permit to build a stage for the performing mosquitoes. As in commercial airlines, you assign minimal legroom. In other words, your guests will be shoulder-to-shoulder, back-to-back, like sardines in the can or airline passengers in coach. Now the RSVPs are back, and you realize that you need the stage the size of an average city block to accommodate those coming.

Can you picture how envious the Hollywood crowd would be? You are stealing away all the mosquitoes from the city. Who is going to watch their TV programs?

No one in Hollywood wants to be left in the dust. They organize fund-raisers, round up big-name celebrities, advertise like crazy, and manage to lure even more mosquitoes to buzz on their own stage that they built in the desert. The stage is the size of the city of Hollywood. Just imagine several square miles of mosquitoes packed like sardines in a can, shoulder-to-shoulder, back-to-back all buzzing at the same time. (And you thought five mosquitoes in your room was enough to kiss your beauty sleep good-bye!)

Let me cut to the chase. It would take a lot of mosquitoes to fill several square miles. Yet the power reaching your ear from a single mosquito is so small that you will need five stages, each the size of the entire state of California.

Now that all the performers have arrived and settled in their seats, you waive the baton. Let the buzzing begin.

Shoulder-to-shoulder, back-to-back, when 50 quadrillion (50,000,000,000,000,000) mosquitoes start buzzing on cue—they will generate 50 watts of power.


Information below is from the Appendix showing all the calculations

One quadrillionth of a watt is the sound energy from a single mosquito buzzing in the distance, barely perceptible by the ear.

One quadrillionth of a watt in math is recorded as follows: 1/1,000,000,000,000,000 watt


·      1 mosquito takes the seat 1/4″ x 1/4″ in size;

·      16 mosquitoes per square inch;

·      16 x 144 = 2,304 mosquitoes per square foot;

·      2304 x 9 = 20,736 mosquitoes per square yard;

·      20736 x 4,840 = 100,362,240 mosquitoes per square acre;


Because our numbers do not fit in the calculator, at this point I will divide 100,362,240 by 1,000,000 = 100.36224

Later, we will multiply by one million to arrive at the proper number.


100.36224 x 640 = 64,231.830000 mosquitoes per square mile. (times 1,000,000)


The state of California occupies 163,707 square miles;


64,231.830000 x 163,707 = 10,515,200,783.1mosquitoes in the state of California (times 1,000,000); 10,515,200,783.1 x 5 = 52,576,003,915.5 Mosquitoes in five states. Each state is the size of California. (times 1,000,000) or 52,576,003,915.5 x 1,000,000 = 52,576,003,915,500,000 then 52,576,003,915,500,000 / 1,000,000,000,000,000 = 52.5 Watts of music power.




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