Who Is FlyerTalk Member Number 500,000 — and Who Posted the Closest Guess?
Before I reveal who registered as FlyerTalk member number 500,000, please allow me to put what amounts to a half of a million into perspective:
There are 29 countries in the world which currently have a population of fewer than 500,000 people — countries such as Malta, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Belize and Monaco
500,000 pennies would weigh approximately 2,756 pounds or 1,250 kilograms
You could travel the distance to the moon and back and still be short approximately 22,200 miles of 500,000 — that is, if you do not travel during its apogee
There are more members registered to FlyerTalk than the entire populations of many cities in the United States — such as Atlanta, Kansas City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Newark, Miami and Cincinnati
It would take you almost 139 hours — or 5.787 days — to count 500,000 FlyerTalk members when assuming a rate of one second per FlyerTalk member
Spears tipped with stones were supposedly invented by archaic human beings 500,000 years ago
It seemed like only yesterday when FlyerTalk welcomed member number 400,000, who clocked in at 6:44 in the morning Pacific Daylight Time on Friday May 4, 2012 — but I digress.
At 11:48 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, FlyerTalk welcomed chillionaires, who became FlyerTalk member number 500,000.
Additionally — simply for posting the guess closest to the time when chillionaires joined FlyerTalk as a member — FlyerTalk member wahs won a FlyerTalk T-shirt, a set of FlyerTalk luggage tags, and a FlyerTalk lapel pin.
You just never know when you might win some cool FlyerTalk goodies simply for participating by posting a guess.
Welcome to FlyerTalk, chillionaires — and congratulations to wahs!
So — when do you think FlyerTalk member number one million will register?