Weird Realizations


Marlon M., Staff Writer

     Sometimes people have mind-blowing thoughts. For Einstein, this would have been the theory of relativity. For Newton, it was the discovery of gravity. However, we can assume that nobody at Cope is Einstein or Newton, so here are some easier to understand yet mind-blowing realizations.

     If everyone blinked at the same time, nobody would know that it happened. This begs the question,“ What is the chance of that happening?” Well, it turns out that someone has calculated it. The answer is 1 in 10 to the 4.7 billion power. The reason that is is that according to google, we spend 10 percent of our time awake with our eyes closed. 1 in 10 to the 4.7 billionth power is for the number of people awake at a given time. However, keep in mind that this is just an approximation, but it’s still strange to think about.

     The second realization is that people can be the exact same age but have different birthdays. This truth seems like a strange one. “How?!?!?!” you might ask. Well, the answer to your question is time zones. You and someone else in the world might have been born at the same time but in different time zones, resulting in different birthdays. For example, if you were born September 15, 2007, 4:00 pm in Loma Linda, and your cousin was born at 1 am on September 16, 2007, in Berlin, Germany, then you and your cousin would be the same age despite having different birthdays. Crazy, right? 

     So, did these realizations blow your mind? Have these thoughts left you staring into space for the past two hours, rethinking your entire existence? Well, if you didn’t, then maybe you just didn’t realize 😉