# How many kids could stand on the minute hand of Big Ben at a time?

Assume each kid weighs 90 pounds, how many kids could the minute hand of Big Ben hold? Assuming they stand at the very end of the minute hand to maximize torque on the clock works?

Also assume the time displayed on the clock is 8:15 PM?

How many kids could the clock hold?

### 6 Answers

- quatt47Lv 73 months ago
The minute finger is 14 feet long so on the assumption that each kid is 18 inches wide you would fit 9 kids on comfortably. By the way 'Big Ben, is the bell inside the Elizabeth Tower. The clock doesn't have a name although it bears an inscription:-

'DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.

The number of kids would depend on their width and if there was any space between them. If not then simply divide 14 by the width and you have it.

- LudwigLv 63 months ago
None, when it gets to 08:16 they will start to slide off. This will get worse up until 08:30.

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- Anonymous3 months ago
42

- perfectlybakedLv 73 months ago
Very great hypothetical.

Just the curiousity itself is technical.

I don't think it is different than the question of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.