Watching a movie that turned out to be stupid, but the heroine, inteviewing for a finance job, was asked this not-quite Fermi-level question: "How many pennies would it take to fill this room."

Her response: "With or without us in it?"

Of course I would have dropped her like a hot potato right then - it's a neglible fraction unless they were in a broom closet - and they weren't - but she was Katie Holmes, so she got the job anyway.

Take a look around the room you are in right now, and figure out your answer. I got a smaller number than I would have guessed. Homage will follow for good answers, even though they are easy....

I decided it was cheating to actually look at a one cent piece - you gotta guess the dimensions...


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