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You Look More Like a Quark Than a Universe

January 29, 2010
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Ok, you don’t look like either. But you’re closer in size to a quark than you are to the entire universe. But don’t worry, you’re closer in size to the entire universe than you are to the Planck length, the shortest possible distance (yes, there is a shortest possible distance. Don’t ask me “what happens if you cut it in half.” I don’t know what happens if you cut it in half, but if you ask me what happens when you cut it in half, you die of tuberculAIDS. Trust me, you don’t want that.)

Thanks to Phil “Gnar” Plait, I can pass along this fantastic interactive scale doohickey. Turns out, we’re REALLY FUCKING BIG compared to some stuff, and REALLY FUCKING SMALL compared to other stuff. Who knew?

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