"Everything goes, everything comes back; eternally rolls the wheel of being. Everything dies, everything blossoms again… "
(Source: The New York Times)
— Joseph Campbell (via commondense)
Edith Piaf mid-performance at New York’s Versailles nightclub, 1952. Photo by Allan Grant for Life magazine.
1) Each breath you take shares about 5 air molecules with Hitler’s last breath. The equation to verify that yourself (assuming Hitler’s last breath has evenly mixed with the rest of the atmosphere by now) is:
Number of shared molecules = volume of lungs / volume of atmosphere * molecules inhaled per breath
Those three numbers are (roughly): 1 liter, 5 * 10^21 liters, and 3 * 10^22 molecules
If that bothers you, feel free to replace “Hitler” with “Gandhi” or “Jesus.” If it doesn’t bother you, replace “breath” with “glass of water” and “Hitler” with “dinosaur pee.”