Mathematical evidence that YOU may be a moron

This is an post from the olden days – read more about them here.

I got multiple copies of this e-mail the other day….
IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF EVERYONE IN AUSTRALIA DID NOT PURCHASE A DROP
OF PETROL FOR ONE DAY AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, THE OIL COMPANIES WOULD
CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES.

AT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS OVER 4.6
BILLION DOLLARS WHICH AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINES OF THE OIL COMPANIES.

THEREFORE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER22ndHAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED "STICK IT” DAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE DROP OF PETROL ON
THAT
DAY. THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE IS IF YOU FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO
AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT.

WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND CONTROL THE PRICES IS NOT GOING TO
HAPPEN. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REDUCTION AND CONTROL IN PRICES THAT THE ARAB
NATIONS PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO?

REMEMBER ONE THING, NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE OF PETROL GOING UP BUT AT THE
SAME TIME AIRLINES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, TRUCKING COMPANIES ARE
FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES WHICH EFFECTS
PRICES ON EVERYTHING THAT IS SHIPPED. THINGS LIKE FOOD, CLOTHING,
BUILDING SUPPLIES MEDICAL SUPPLIES ETC. WHO PAYS IN THE END? WE DO!

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF THEY DON’T GET THE MESSAGE AFTER ONE DAY, WE
WILL DOIT AGAIN.


SO DO YOUR PART AND SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO
EVERYONE YOU KNOW. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MAKE SEPTEMBER 22nd A
DAY THAT THE CITIZENS OF AUSTRALIA
SAY”ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

Well, if you believe "WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE" you are a moron…
Let me explain, WHY YOU MAY BE A MORON…

(a point by point rebuttal, to make it easier for you…)

"THE OIL COMPANIES WOULD CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES"

Have you ever seen ever seen the Shell oil refinery in Geelong? (or any other like it)

They have HUGE storage tanks…

Volume is equal to ((pi * R squared) * height)

The tank’s radius is about 25 metes, their height is around 20 metres.

= pi *625 * 20
= 40 thousand cubic metres of petrol per SINGLE tank
= 1 cubic metre = 1000 litres

so there are 40,000,000 litres per tank

divide by 100 litres (the fuel tank capacity of a large car)

= enough petrol for over 400 thousand cars! (in one tank)

at Geelong alone Shell have SIX TANKS… Each oil refinery is like this, Mobil Altona, BP Laverton, there are ever more friggin’ tanks there as well.

LET ME SEE, you not buying petrol, it won’t hurt a bit. (literally a drop in the ocean)

See the oil companies giving a rats arse? Choke on what stockpile?




"NET LOSS OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS"

Hmmm, petrol is almost 1.5 dollars per litre…

= 4,600,000,000 dollars / 1.5 dollars

So a loss of 4.6 billion dollars would be3 billion litres of petrol not sold by oil companies.

Hence, if each car takes 100 litres of petrol…

= 3,000,000,000 litres / 100 litres

Therefore, 30 million cars worth of petrol would not sold!

However, just a tiny problem…

AUSTRALIA HAS ONLY 20 MILLION PEOPLE!

That is enough petrol for every man, woman and child, everyone in Australia, to have 1.5 CARS EACH full of petrol!

ALSO, lets just forget the fact that almost 50% of the petrol cost is government taxes, NOT PROFIT FOR OIL COMPANIES!

That means even more petrol needs to be not sold, for losses to equal this much…




"FORMALLY DECLARED "STICK IT” DAY"

Formally declared by WHO?

If it was formal, they wouldn’t be asking you to forward a shitty e-mail around.




"WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND CONTROL THE PRICES IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN"

Of course it won’t!

Get off your fat lazy arse and write to your local Member of Parliament telling them to do something (like reducing government petrol taxes)

We lived in a democracy the last time I checked…




THEREFORE:

"WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF THEY DON’T GET THE MESSAGE AFTER ONE DAY, WE
WILL DOIT AGAIN"


is a fat load of BS





And another thing…IT’S BEEN TRIED BEFORE -and it FAILED miserably…

http://www.freakonomics.com/2005/08/please-buy-gas.html

AND

http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/nogas.asp

This e-mail dates back to 1999 - in AMERICA.

Someone has just replaced every instance of "America" with "Australia" and every instance of "gas" with "petrol"

This "boycott"was last tried on September 1st this year. I guess their plan worked really well… [/END SARCASM MODE]




And anyway…

If you don’t buy on "No Petrol Day" you will need to buy petrol in the days before or after it. See the oil companies caring… They are still getting your money!

The only to hurt them is by reducing your petrol consumption. Get off your arse, and ride a bike, walk, or use public transport INSTEAD of driving. It’s good for the environment, and makes you healthier as well!

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3 Responses to “Mathematical evidence that YOU may be a moron”

  1. Nath says:

    LOL, I disagree. If rather than using cars on that day, a lot more people use public transport, then extra fuel will not have to be bought before "the day". It may also show the federal government that were not happy, Jan! On the other hand, I think a much better idea is simply "Nobody do anything at all day (aka stay at home day)". In other words, nobody (and I mean NOBODY) in all of Australia leaves the house for the day. This would stop every industry and all commerce dead in its tracks. Economy would cease completely for a whole day. The implications of such an event would reduce economy rates dramatically, and so the Reserve Bank would shit itself. In turn, the Federal government would give every CRC graduate from 2004 a ferrari that runs on something other than petrol, and lots of free McDonalds hamburgers!!!

  2. Justin says:

    Here here! Get this man a drink!!!

  3. Miranda says:

    why do always have to spoil the fun for everyone? You are way too smart for your own frickin good.

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