Nine Year Old Aims to Print the Internet: While this is a heartwarming story of a town rallying around a youngster with a goal, it’s also a stunning waste of resources.
Dorothy and Dwight Darnell, were surprised last week when they discovered reams of pages printed from the Internet in their son Cody’s bedroom and learned of his plan to print a hard copy of all of the Internet to win a $50 bet with his seventeen year old cousin, Mikey Darnell-Wilson.
The bet came about during the main course of the family’s Thanksgiving lunch after a heated debate between Cody and Mikey about the size of the Internet and the feasibility of printing it out. Under the terms of the bet, Cody has six months to complete the printing and if Mikey can find a site on the Internet which has not been printed he wins the bet, if he can’t he loses.
He’s seriously trying this. And the townsfolk and business of Springwood, North Dakota are all pitching in.
Someone do the math here —
At one time, Google clamied to have 8 billion pages in its index. This kid is printing eight pages to a sheet of paper, but he still has to print one billion sheets of paper.
This is two million of those 500-sheet packages you pick up at Office Max. How much does one of those weigh? Five pounds? Okay, so this kid is going to generate 10 million pounds — five thousand tons — of paper.
By comparison, an M1A1 Main Battle Tank weighs 64 tons.
Good luck with that.