Series Introduction: I'm constantly amazed by "what we don't know." I don't mean as humankind, I mean as everyday people. I think about stuff like this on my way to and from work, every day, and have decided to share with the Bullshido community. I have a few topics picked out, but gasoline usage has been on my mind, recently.

Please forgive (and correct) any math errors. Some of these numbers get quite large or quite small, and are difficult to deal with. I intend to refrain from the usage of exponential notation in this series.

Without further ado,

**Episode 1: Petroleum**.

1) Let's say you got a brand-spanking new truck, like I did earlier in the year. Let's say you average 16 miles per gallon, city/suburb driving. A "pipeline," holding that much gas would be 1 mile long, and just over 1 millimeter in circumference. 1 millimeter is about the width of a thick sheet of cardstock, or possibly your fingernail. (source: any cylinder volume calculator, and your vehicle's EPA rating)

2) The amount of stored energy (calories) in a single gallon of gasoline is roughly equivalent to 2 weeks of human caloric food consumption. Also, "food," calories are really kilocalories, in sciency terms. So, you eat say 2,000 kilocalories a day; that's 2,000,000 sciency calories. So, a gallon of gas is roughly 28,000,000 sciency calories.

3) There's this nifty thing called

Colonial Pipeline. It's a pair of pipes running 5,500 miles from Houston, TX, to Linden, NJ. The pipes are 40 inches (gasoline) and 36 inches (a mix of diesel, kerosene, etc.). If the gasoline pipe is full, that equates to about 1,900,000,000,000 gallons. If the "other," pipeline is full, that equates to about 1,500,000,000,000 gallons.

4) Current domestic gasoline usage (USA) is about 385,000,000 gallons per day - roughly 1.2 gallons per capita. At that rate, assuming Colonial Pipeline is full, and only the gasoline pipe, we have about 14 years of gasoline already refined and in transit to distributors. EIA.gov is a little ambiguous on this point, I don't really know if consumption is just gasoline, or all petroleum distillates:

https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=23&t=10
5) Diesel is currently less expensive, in many US locales, and on average contains about 30% more energy by volume than the gasoline we use in our "regular unleaded," vehicles.