Ever wondered what would happen if you blended every living person on Earth into a giant meatball?

No?

Well, someone actually did the math to find out.

## Calculating the Meatball’s Size

Imagine a scenario where all the humans on the planet are tossed into a colossal blender.

**The resulting gooey mixture, when shaped into a meatball, would be surprisingly small. **According to a creative Reddit user, kiwi2703, here’s how it works out:

- The density of a human is about 985 kilograms per cubic meter, close to that of water (1,000 kg/m³).
- The average human body mass is around 62 kilograms.
- This means you could fit about 16 humans into a cubic meter of space (but seriously, don’t try this at home).

With 7.88 billion people in the world, you’d get a total volume of 496 million cubic meters.

Now, if you rolled all that into a single meatball, it would be just under 1 kilometer wide, or about **the height of three Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other**.

Surprisingly, **this human meatball would easily fit into Central Park in New York City.**

## A Surprisingly Small Ball for Such a Big Population

For the number of people we have on Earth, this is a relatively small ball.

It’s mind-boggling how much of our planet has been altered to sustain this hypothetical meatball.

## How Much Would the Meatball Grow Each Year?

As the world population continues to grow, how much bigger would this meatball get each year? Another Reddit user, u/IntoAMuteCrypt, chimed in with some calculations:

- The world population grows at about 1.05% per year.
- Let’s round up the sphere’s diameter to 1 kilometer for simplicity, assuming the average human mass remains the same.
- Over a year, the population grows by a factor of 1.0105, so the volume increases by the same factor.
- The radius grows proportionally to the cube root of the volume, multiplying by 1.0035.
- Thus, the 500-meter radius sphere becomes 501.7439 meters in radius, growing by 1.7439 meters in a year. That’s roughly 16 micrometers per second. Not much, right?

If you blended all 7.88 billion ppl on Earth into a fine goo (density of a human=985 kg/m3, average human body mass=62 kg), you would end up with a sphere of human goo just under 1 km wide. This is a visualization of how that would look like in Central Park.

— Erika (@ExploreCosmos_) June 4, 2022

© reddit/kiwi2703 pic.twitter.com/9H8cRjbVzl

## Previous Thought Experiments: The Grand Canyon Example

This isn’t the first time someone has pondered such bizarre scenarios. Back in 2014, with a population of 7.159 billion, it was calculated that you could fit everyone into the Grand Canyon.

Though, back then, the idea of a gooey human ball wasn’t part of the equation.

## Conclusion: A Strange World Indeed

So there you have it—a giant human meatball, fitting neatly into Central Park, and growing ever so slightly each year.

It’s a strange world we live in, isn’t it?