Task 4: Australia has the world’s longest fence, the dingo fence, which at 3,436 miles (5529.7 kilometres) beats the Great Wall of China.
Using an average of 12 books / meter, or 4 books / foot as a guide, if you had to build a fence of your own to keep the dingos out, how long a fence could you build with the books in your library (real or virtual)?
The raw figures:
According to Librarything and Audible:
- My library comprises a total of 12,836 books, which at 12 books / meter translates into 1,069.67 m (or 1.07 km).
- Of these, I actually own 6,253 books, which translates into 521.08 m (or 0.52 km). (And which also says something about my insanely outsized TBR …)
- Of the books I own, 4,755 are present on my shelves as physical editions, which translates into 396.25 m (or 0.4 km). (The rest are audiobooks — I don’t do Kindle.)
Putting this into actual geographical dimensions, the total contents of my library would get me more than 1/4 of the way along the Roman City Wall of Cologne, which was just under 4000 meters (or 4 kms) long, as well as almost all the way up Brocken mountain (aka Blocksberg) in the Harz range (1.141 m), better known as the place where the witches dance at midnight on Walpurgis Night (April 30).
The Brocken (Blocksberg) in winter, and a 19th century depiction of Walpurgis Night.
The books I own would help me to a point higher than the highest point in the Siebengebirge (Seven Mountains) south of Bonn (460 m).
The Seven Mountains (photos mine)
Though, both of the above figures include audiobooks … yeah, right.
So let’s go with the books of wich I own physical copies … and which would get me all the way to the roof top of New York City’s Empire State Building (381 m) … and 1/3 of the way up its antenna (which takes the building’s height to 443 m).
My first visit to the Empire State Building … almost 30 years ago.
(And believe it or not, I still own — and wear — that T-shirt.)