Winner: Coffee Bill.
We already had a large group of players (19) when Coffee Bill, formerly a long time regular, but now a Jersey Boy, surprised us by joining the game just as it was about to start. Bill had caddied 45 holes today on LI, but still looked fresh as a daisy. His last match play had gone into sudden death overtime and finally ended on the 9th playoff hole, when his golfer hit a hole in one in the gathering darkness. Wow!
The crowd was loud and boisterous and tonight’s weird questions only added to the pandemonium. Did you know that there were 700 languages spoken in New Guinea? Pluto was skeptical, but Maddy said each tribe had it’s own language. When Pluto said that meant the tribes couldn’t speak to each other, Maddy said: “They don’t need to speak to each other. They just want to eat each other!”
Can’t argue with that logic.
It seemed fitting that Coffee Bill would triumph in his return, to complete his pretty special day. Closely behind were Droppin’ Dave, Pluto, Rosebud, and surprisingly, 10 O’Clock Bill, who even beat spouse Judy. This has never happened before, and probably won’t ever happen again. In fact, Judy has asked that we take a urine sample from Bill.
What was the population of the world in the year Christ was born?
about 50 million, about 200 million, about 500 million, about 1 billion
Answer: about 200 million
Many players were surprised the population of the world was that large in 1 AD. Of course, there is absolutely no demographic data available for 99 percent of the span of the human stay on Earth. But there is some educated speculation.
Homo sapiens may have appeared about 50,000 B.C. At the dawn of agriculture, about 8,000 B.C., the population of the world was somewhere on the order of 5 million. By 1 A.D., the world may have held about 300 million people, emphasis on “may have”.
One estimate of the population of the Roman Empire, from Spain to Asia Minor, in 14 A.D., is 45 million. However, other historians set the figure twice as high, suggesting how imprecise population estimates of early historical periods can be.
Another source says: “The population two thousand years ago is estimated to have been 231 million. At this time North and South America were sparsely populated, as was Asia Pacific. The estimated population of New Zealand was zero. Southern Asia, Northern Africa, China and Southern Europe (parts of the same land mass) had relatively high populations. Colder Northern latitudes tended to have lower populations. The territories that now encompass the Ganges, Tigris, Yangtze, Nile and Po rivers were the most populous.“
Many people think that India’s and China’s population growth were a modern phenomenon. But in fact, these two countries have always had disproportionately large populations since ancient times. If anything, North American population actually grew at an astronomical rate in modern history.
Back to ancient times. Infant mortality in the human race’s earliest days is thought to have been very high—perhaps 500 infant deaths per 1,000 births, or even higher. Children were probably an economic liability among hunter-gatherer societies, a fact that is likely to have led to the practice of infanticide.
Furthermore, life was short. Life expectancy at birth probably averaged only about 10 years for most of human history. Estimates of average life expectancy in Iron Age France have been put at only 10 or 12 years. So, of course, world population did not grow rapidly.
Where are we headed?
Infant Mortality and Life Expectancy have come a long way, baby. Consequently, so has world population:
That graph is pretty frightening, isn’t it?
BTW, On May 1, 2013 the population clock estimates US population to be 316M, about 4.5% of total world population, estimated to be 7.1 Billion.
sources: prb.org, chartsbin.com
blogger’s note: Pluto and Rosebud are headed on holiday, from 4 May. As they travel through southern France, and as wi-fi access permits, they plan to post photos of the trip on their photo blog. If you care to check on their progress, try: wegetaround2.com.