You know those “science” people that are all like, “there are tiny particles a billionth the diameter of a human hair,” or “you can fit a million earths in the sun”? Do you ever get the sense that they’re exaggerating just a bit?

Yeah, atoms are small, and Jupiter’s big, but please, a billionth? That’s a really small fraction. I bet the atom’s really only about a fifth of the size of a human hair. I almost saw one when I squinted really hard.

And a million earths? Okay, I made the number up, but a million is pretty big. I bet it’s more like… 20. And when you finally get to Jupiter, you don’t even notice the difference. You’re like, “this is kind of like earth. Oh, there’s a couple more ice bergs.”



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