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Test Your Smarts: How Many Golf Balls Can Fit In a School Bus? [UPDATED]

Google is known for asking incredibly difficult questions of its job seekers. This is one of them.

Google is known for asking incredibly difficult questions of its job seekers. Business Insider recently compiled a list of the 15 hardest questions (answers can be found here). Among them: Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew, why are manhole covers round, and how many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

One particularly vexing question: How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?


How would you solve it?

A clever reader's response, which begins:

I figure a standard school bus is about 8ft wide by 6ft high by 20 feet long—this is just a guess based on the thousands of hours I have been trapped behind school buses while traffic in all directions is stopped.

That means 960 cubic feet and since there are 1728 cubic inches in a cubit foot, that means about 1.6 million cubic inches.

I calculate the volume of a golf ball to be about 2.5 cubic inches (4/3 * pi * .85) as



.85 inches is the radius of a golf ball.

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The rest can be found here.

Photo (cc) via Flickr user basheertome

Via Alexander Russo at This Week in Education

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