When you look at the island of Manhattan on a map, it looks like a sliver of something, a slab you could pick up and hold in your hand. But though it looks small, it's quite a heavy slab, because it's piled extremely high with a ton of stuff.
Like, a lot of stuff: buildings (big ones, and lots of them), bagels (big ones, and lots of them), people (big ones, and lots of them). Cars. Roads. Sidewalks. And animals and furniture and water towers and toilets. So all this raises an interesting question: Just how much does all this stuff on Manhattan weigh?
Coming up with an exact number is pretty much impossible, and we’re not rocket scientists. But using some fast and loose Internet research, we came up with a ballpark number for how much all the crap we’ve dumped on this island might tip a scale. Check it out.