This morning, the seven billionth person on earth was born. Our fixed-size planet, which was home to just 500 million people in 1500, now has 7 billion people living on its surface – and that number is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. With numbers like that, it’s time to ask some questions:
- Where to you fit into the grand scheme of things? Find your number here. I am the 4,885,109,561st person alive on Earth and the 79,721,025,639th person to have lived since history began. How much before or after me were you?
- How exactly did we grow so quickly? Check out this great video from the folks at NPR.
- What is a typical person like, now that there are 7 billion of us? See the National Geographic video below for some insight.
Nothing brings me back to middle school dances like a pop-up video. They were how I learned to tell the difference between the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, where I finally understood who this Slim Shady character was, and where I finally got the appeal of popular music. (I owe most of this to Jen Wall – Jen, if you’re reading, I’m bringing you my future kids to teach them about music some day!)
My education continued with the latest pop-up video from VH1 – Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA,” where I learned:
- Miley = not really a fan of Jay-Z – he’s too “pop” for her
- This song was designed to launch Miley’s Wal-Mart clothing line, not to be my summer jam
- The confetti from this shoot took two weeks to clean up
- Pop-up videos make everything better.
Check it out here. What song would you love to see get the pop-up treatment?