What humanity could have done instead of watching Gangnam Style 2bn times

Katie Grant@kt_grant
Monday 08 December 2014 09:20
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The viral hit Gangnam Style has racked up over 2billion views on YouTube, forcing the video-streaming site to upgrade the technology it uses for counting.

Fans have spent more than 16,000 years watching the 4min 12secs video. But what else could humanity have achieved with the 140 million man hours spent admiring Psy’s prowess with an imaginary lasso..?

1. Built the Empire State Building 20 times

It took only one year and 45 days to construct New York’s 102-storey skyscraper thanks to the thousands of workers contracted to work on it.

2. Built London's Olympic Park twice

Plans were submitted in 2004 for the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, which was completed in time to host the 2012 London Games.

3. Built Stonehenge five times

The Neolithic monument in Wiltshire, which was built in three stages over about 2,000 years, was made using stones transported from Wales.

4. Built the Burj Khalifa six times

The tallest man-made structure in the world was completed in 2010 after six years. It dominates the Dubai skyline at over 828 metres high.

5. Built the Great Pyramid four times

Experts believe that Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20 year period concluding in around 2560 BC.

6. Written Wikipedia 1.5 times

The English-language version of the online encyclopedia is one of more than 200 wikipedias. However, it remains the largest one and currently features over 4.6 million articles.

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