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Don’t let her focus on food-related quizzes fool you, Peg is a pro in many arenas. Even though she spends most of her free time whipping up delicious cookies and concocting new recipes for easy but impressive gluten-free cakes, Peg’s brain holds a vast collection of knowledge about everything from baby animals to what you need to know to graduate from different school grades. While she’s the first to admit everything she reads doesn’t necessarily stick in her head, Peg keeps her mind fresh by reading the Financial Post and Globe and Mail on the regular, and coming up with fantastic ideas for new quizzes. She’s a secret fan of gossip, too, so watch out for her intense celeb topics!
Let’s start with the fact that the Internet requires approximately 50 million horsepower in electricity. With almost 9 billion electronic devices connected to the internet at any given time, the electricity that it takes to power them for one day is incredible. To really get how much that is, it takes about 30 million horsepower to power a space shuttle engine. That’s supposed to be one of the strongest and most demanding sources of energy in the world. But the internet requires more.
Talk about requirements; it takes 2 billion electrons to produce a single email message. Electrons are small, yes, but that doesn’t mean that 2 billion for one message isn’t a lot when billions of messages are sent every single day. It makes sense since over a third of the population of the world uses the internet, and most of those users are active emailers. They at least get spam every single day. As for North America, almost 80% of residents use the internet every single day.
All this said, the internet itself weighs little more than a strawberry. You may say that you didn’t know it weighed anything, but the truth is, hardly anything (if anything) is without mass. All of those electrons you send out on a daily basis makes up a part of that strawberry.
Want to know where most of this is coming from? YouTube. Every minute, about 72 hours of YouTube videos are being uploaded. In one hour, that’s over 4,000 hours! Which is five months’ worth of footage in just one hour. That can add up so fast that by the time you wait one day, you’ve had years upon years of footage to watch. No wonder that 50 million horsepower is needed!
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