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You Can Fit the World’s Population on Vancouver Island

Yes, I worked this out. I assumed that each person would need at least a metre squared to stand on. 7 billion square metres is the same as 7,000 square kilometres (1000 m x 1000m). I then did a search to find islands bigger than 7000 sq km. I would have dearly loved to use one of the Falkland Islands, but I’m not sure they are as well known as in Margaret Thatcher’s era…So I went for Vancouver Island, instead – a little roomier at over 30,000 sq km.

Gil Comic Strip by Norm Feuti

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Although I was sad to see the end of syndication for new Ollie and Quentin comic strips this year, I was glad that Norm Feuti (of Retail fame) picked up the reins with his strip about a dysfunctional family (at least in the world of newspaper comics), Gil. It was cool to add it to my Daily Ink feed and I’ve been enjoying revisiting the characters. Gil was a web comic and it’s great to see that rejigging the comic for a newspaper audience hasn’t diminished it at all. (more…)

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