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[color=CFECEC]250 drivers to count the number of squashed insects on their front licence plates per distance travelled. After some [color=CFECEC]simple math, van Vliet has arrived at a figure that is nothing short of astronomical.
.........With 200 million cars in the US, driven an average of 12,500 miles per year, the entire nation travels approximately 2.5 trillion miles annually, and [color=CFECEC]kills around 32.5 trillion insects in the process!
For fun, I'll work through van Vliet's formula with US driving statistics. With 200 million cars in the US, driven an average of 12,500 miles per year, the entire nation travels approximately 2.5 trillion miles annually, and kills around 32.5 trillion insects in the process!
Obvious or not, I didn't see where anyone else had even mentioned it. Most of what I read, was a debate about whether this is a good thing, or not. Well that, and also the discussion about the nutritional value of cremated human bodies lol.
You did point out the obvius, which i should have put in the OP.
Sorry, but that is incorrect. Averages are based off of actual numbers. Some counts are high, and some are low. The average is then found, and it will be somewhere in the middle.
Thats why its called average, and assumption which is mentioned in the article.
The average is 2, for this area of the vehicle, of 250 participants, and while traveling 6. 2 miles, and while in this small section of the planet, and during this time of the year........
That averages to two insects killed (in that particular area of the vehicle) for every 6.2 miles traveled.
Assume for simplicity, is not much different than saying:
assume for simplicity
I didn't forget. I removed the entire sentence, and replaced it with "........."
You also forgot the For fun part in your edit.
But thanks anyway for pointing out that flaw.