Nuts, Bolts, and Loose Screws

anna-aurion:

wheres-the-face:

So I was listening to the commentary of The Lorax when the producers said that it was a 5 year span from when the Once-ler started biggering to when the last tree fell. That means that the Thneed market only lasted 5 years.

Damn.

Let’s talk about this image here.  See the number of thneeds sold?  I rounded it down to 5,268,870.  I pulled the math, and over the course of five years, that means he cut down a tree every thirty seconds. 

Now, I looked some things up, and I found out that, roughly, there’s about 278,400 trees in a square mile of land in a forest.  Given that a thneed takes one full tuft to make (by the 72’ version logic), that puts his damage to 18.925 square miles of ecological destruction.  Given the valley has a lot of bare patches, we can probably bump that number up to about 25 square miles.  That’s 64.75 square kilometers, for you folks on the metric system.

Imagine a (American) football field.  Now imagine 24,200 of them side-by-side.  That is the area of impact of his thneed business.

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