Graphic designer Ben Terrett's favorite measurement is the distance from the earth to the moon and back. He wondered how many uses of the typeface Helvetica would fit in that distance:

The distance to the moon is 385,000,000,000 mm.

The size of an unkerned piece of normal cut Helvetica at 100pt is 136.23 mm.

Therefore it would take 2,826,206,643.42 helveticas to get to the moon.

Link via Gizmodo | Photo by Flickr user gromgull used under Creative Commons license

Previously: Helvetica Film

What is a "piece of Helvetica"? 100 points is about one and a quarter inches which is NOT 135mm, more like 35mm.

Why not just use 1.09x10^12-point Helvetica, then one "I" will get you there.
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but isn't the font size simultaneously the largest factor and the most arbitrary?
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