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[challenge entry] Another one, little less reading than my last one for this!
Q: if a full size human weighing aprox 14 stone will take 1,000 years to digest, how long will an average mouse take?

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(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:02, archived)
# about..
5 minutes on high. that is if the mouse hasn't got any metal on it's persons
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:03, archived)
# 50 years is my guess
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:04, archived)
# I know somebody
With a vagina like this.
We don't like to go on about it, but it often seems topical.

Edit: Scunner, agree with me now!
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:06, archived)
# What?
big enough for people to fall into?!?!?!?!?!?
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:07, archived)
# Yes
With teeth.
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:08, archived)
# I make it about 3 months, but I could be wrong.
Human (@14 atone) weighs 88968.32 grams and takes 1000 years. That's 88.96832 grams per year.

A mouse weighs 20 grams. 20 into 88.9 is 4.445.

12 months into 4.445 = 2.69 Months

Can someone please check this?
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:20, archived)
# Shouldn't that be 2.69 years?
or have I missed a step?
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:23, archived)
I divided the 88968.32 grams by 1000 to give me a per year digestion rate. So I'm working on a 1 year digestion cycle.
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:26, archived)
# Ahhh gotcha!
Brain not work simon good
(, Thu 28 Aug 2008, 22:27, archived)
# I recko that am wrong
I reckon the speed of digestion would be most closely related to the surface area because you can only digest from the surface inwards.

Surface area per gramme is very different for a smaller creature, due to some cubic law or somethin, ie. If a creature doubles in lenght it's volume increases by 2^3 which am 8 BUT it's surface area only increases by 2^2 which am 4. So it has relatively higher volume per square inch of digestible surface.

So therefore a smaller creature offers a much greater area for those old juices to work through, and hence digestion will be much more efficient.

This of course assumes that both are swallowed whole (oooerrr!) which, given a vagina/mouth of that size is reasonable I reckon!

(, Fri 29 Aug 2008, 5:52, archived)