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?