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Due to the Space inside Atoms, You Are Mostly Made up of Empty Space

You might be made up of nothingness, but you still matter, according to science.

Everyone in the world is made up of nothingness. While that may sound grim, it's the truth.

In fact, everyone currently on earth, all 7.6 billion of us, we could all fit into the room you're in right now. The entire human race, every single person, could all be compressed into a solid cube with the equivalent size of a sugar cube – all because we are made up of nothingness.

What we perceive as solid objects like desks, chairs, cars, even ourselves, is actually just a big conglomeration of tiny particles separated by what is practically infinite nothingness. This absurd truth has everything to do with atoms.

Understanding the makeup of objects

Anything that has a mass and occupies a given amount of volume is rudimentarily defined as matter. Everything around us is made up of matter, even further, everything around us is matter made up of atoms. Atoms make up everything, but they also exist very, very far apart – and atoms themselves are more void than they are matter.

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Every atom has a nucleus surrounded by electrons. If the nucleus of the average atom was the size of a peanut, then the entire atom would be about the size of a baseball stadium. Around the edges of that stadium exist the electrons, the numbers of which vary by different elements. As a general rule of thumb, nuclei are about 100,000 times smaller than the atoms that they are housed in, making them practically empty space.

When you start to consider that atoms are about 99% empty space and they make up 100% of the universe, you can start to see: you're made up of nothingness.

Every human on planet Earth is made up of millions and millions of atoms which all are 99% empty space. If you were to remove all of the empty space contained in every atom in every person on planet earth and compress us all together, then the overall volume of our particles would be smaller than a sugar cube.

What does this mean?

This sounds absurd, it sounds inconceivable, but it becomes much more believable when you consider how much the sugar cube of people would weigh. While the entire human race might be able to be condensed into the volume of a sugar cube, our weight would stay the same here on earth. This means that that sugar cube would weigh the same as the sum total of every human on earth.

Through some brief estimation, assuming an average human weight of 100 lbs, considering that there are kids who weigh less and adults who weigh more, and the fact that there are 7.6 billion of us, we are left with a total weight of 760 billion pounds. That's the equivalent of over 1,000 empire state buildings all in a tiny cube. Try putting that in your cup of coffee... well, I guess that is if you managed to not be compressed into the tiny human sugar cube.

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So, you're actually filled with nothingness – and so is everything around you. I guess that means the next time you get a bill in the mail, you don't have to pay it... because that's just nothingness too.

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