IAMA physicist/author. Ask me to calculate anything.
My name is Aaron Santos, and I’ve made it my mission to teach math in fun and entertaining ways. Toward this end, I’ve written two (hopefully) humorous books: How Many Licks? Or, How to Estimate Damn Near Anything and Ballparking: Practical Math for Impractical Sports Questions. I also maintain a blog called Diary of Numbers. I’m here to estimate answers to all your numerical questions. Here's some examples I’ve done before.
Feel free to make your questions funny, thought-provoking, gross, sexy, etc. I’ll also answer non-numerical questions if you’ve got any.
Update It's 11:51 EST. I'm grabbing lunch, but will be back in 20 minutes to answer more.
Update 2.0 OK, I'm back. Fire away.
Update 3.0 Thanks for the great questions, Reddit! I'm sorry I won't be able to answer all of them. There's 3243 comments, and I'm replying roughly once every 10 minutes, (I type slow, plus I'm doing math.) At this rate it would take me 22 days of non-stop replying to catch up. It's about 4p EST now. I'll keep going until 5p, but then I have to take a break.
By the way, for those of you that like doing this stuff, I'm going to post a contest on Diary of Numbers tomorrow. It'll be some sort of estimation-y question, and you can win a free copy of my cheesy sports book. I know, I know...shameless self-promotion...karma whore...blah blah blah. Still, hopefully some of you will enter and have some fun with it.
Final Update You guys rock! Thanks for all the great questions. I've gotta head out now, (I've been doing estimations for over 7 hours and my left eye is starting to twitch uncontrollably.) Thanks again! I'll try to answer a few more early tomorrow.