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We received many solutions to this problem,
including carefully considered solutions from Patrick
from Otterbourne School, the Math Club from DMCS in Canada,
Siannah from Ricards Lodge School, members of the Pythagorean
Club at All Saints Dagenham School, and from Kartik and
Mustafa from Wilson's School.

Many of you pointed out that the rankings
depended on estimates and that different contexts and assumptions
might lead to different conclusions (e.g. the size of the bath, the
flow of water from a shower, how well the pet rat is looked after,
the size of the classroom, the pace at which a leisurely walker
travels...).

Bearing this in mind, here is a suggested
ranking with the evidence that was provided:

Time

That a pet rat lives 2-3
years

For all of the red blood cells in your body to be replaced....10
times 3 years

Between two football world cups 4
years

For light to reach us from the nearest star other than the sun
4.2 years

Distance

You can hop in 5 seconds 8
metres

The distance from the penalty spot to the goal on a football field
11 metres

From the top of a 6 storey building to the ground 18 metres

A car can drive on 1$cm^{3}$ of fuel 20 metres

Speed

Of the fastest sprinter in the world 10m/s

Of a bus going past the school (30mph = 13.4m/s)

Of a racehorse running at maximum speed 15m/s

Of the fastest cyclist in an Olympic cycle sprint race 19m/s

Mass

Of enough potatoes to make chips to feed everyone in the school for
a week. (1000kg for 1000
students)

Of a million cubic centimetres of water 1000kg

Of a standard family car 1500kg

Of a team of international male rugby players (15 players)
1500kg

Volume of water

used in a 10 minute shower 90 litres

used in 5 dishwasher cycles 100
litres

in a half-filled bath 100
litres

used to flush the toilet 20 times 120 litres (modern
toilet)

Number of

Steps when walking at a leisurely pace for 1 hour 8000

Mars bars with the same total weight as your whole class 20000 (for a class of 30 students
weighing about 40kg each)

Stitches in a handknitted jumper 75000

People at a cup final in a large stadium 80000

Area

Of the sheets of paper in a ream (500 sheets) of A4. 30m$^2$

Covered by 5 litres of paint 50m$^2$

Of the floor of the classroom 60m$^2$

Of fabric needed to make school uniforms for the whole class will depend on the size of the class,
the width of the fabric and the design of the uniform!