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Where did I get these numbers and calculations? Check out the great book Exploring the Unknown: Great Mysteries Reexamined by Charles J. Cazeau and Stuart D. Scott, Jr. (1979, Plenum Press, New York). The book goes into much greater detail and discusses other scientific evidence (such as where did all the water come from?). Other chapters deal with Stonehenge, Easter Island, Atlantis, UFO's, The Bermuda Triangle, and other interesting topics.

Not exactly a cruise ship.

Did Noah's Ark really exist? 

Yes. No. Yes. No. Yes. No. 

You get the idea - this debate will go on forever. I'm not even going to attempt to answer this one. 

Instead, let's just look at the physical aspects of the ark. As you will soon see, conditions were not ideal. 

We know that the ark was bigger than a rowboat, but smaller than the Titanic. 

In fact, we know its exact size - it was 450 x 45 x 75 feet, with an approximate volume of 1,518,750 cubic feet. 

How did they get this number? Very simple - it's stated in the bible. (Actually, it's stated in cubits, not feet). 

So how many animals do we have to fit in this place? 

Let's leave out the fish, as they can't drown. 

Bugs and plants - let 'em drown. 

So, we're left with the birds, reptiles, and mammals. 

Conservatively, there were 3500 species of mammals, 6000 species of reptiles, and 12,000 species of birds. Add this all up and you get 21,500 different species. Of course, there were two of each, or 43,000 individuals on the boat. 

Now let's do some quick math: 

1,518,750 divided by 43,000 is about 35 cubic feet per animal. 

Wow! That sounds like ample space. 

Wrong! It is about the size of a human coffin! (6 x 2 x 3 =36 cubic feet) 

A bit cramped, but a possibility. 

Uh, Oh! 

We forgot about food and water! 

This would take up quite a bit of space, as they were supposedly on the ark for at least 275 days. 

Water storage is a big problem. After all, you can't drink the salty seawater. 

If we figure an average of 1 quart per day for each animal, Noah would have to store away 1,263,125 gallons of the liquid. Of course, it was raining quite heavily, so the supply could have been considerably less. 

Let's not forget the space needed for cages, partitions, and passageways. 

We need even more space for any offspring produced along the way. 

If we take into account all of these factors - we can make one conclusion: the ark must have been extremely cramped, unsanitary, and oppressive. 

Even worse, there were only eight humans and some 43,000 animals screaming for their attention. 

This means that each human was responsible for feeding, watering, and cleaning 5375 animals each day. If they slept four hours a day, they would need to care for 270 animals each hour. Wow! Simpler said than done. 

Some may argue that these numbers suggest that the ark was an impossibility. On the other hand, some would say that these calculations are meaningless due to the power of the almighty. I'll let you decide for yourself. 

One thing that we can be sure of though - a trip on the ark was not like a honeymoon on The Love Boat. 

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