Steve the Weightlifter

SteveMy kids are heavily into Minecraft at the moment. Since I don’t have much to write about this week, let’s have a look at the thing that impressed me most about this game – the amazing weight-lifting skills of the game’s main character, Steve.

Steve is a pretty strong guy. Not only can he smash through trees and mountains with his bare fists, he’s always strolling around carrying big blocks of stone, whole trees and a small armoury of tools and weapons. Just for laughs, let’s work out the maximum weight he can carry.

Minecraft Inventory ScreenAll the stuff Steve is currently carrying is shown in his personal inventory.

Steve’s personal inventory has 36 slots and each slot can hold up to 64 items, this means he can carry a maximum of 2304 items.

So what is the heaviest item he can carry? Well the heaviest material in the game is gold so how about a cubic metre of gold? How much would that weigh?

Gold has a density of 19.3 grams per cubic centimetre, there are a million cubic centimetres in a cubic metre. So a cubic metre of gold would weigh 19.3 metric tonnes.

Just one of these gold blocks would defeat (and squash flat) the world’s best weightlifters. The current world weight lifting record stands at 263kg.

But Steve can carry 2304 items. If each gold block weighs 19.3 tonnes, that’s a total of 44,467 tonnes!

And even with all that weight in his pockets, it doesn’t even slow him down.

All that gold by the way would be worth about $2.6 trillion at today’s prices, you could probably buy Norway for that amount of cash, and Steve wouldn’t have to worry about anyone stealing it as nobody could possibly lift it.

An Olympic gold medal only contains 6 grams of gold, so you could make 7.4 billion of them by emptying Steve’s pockets. That’s an Olympic gold medal for everyone on the planet.

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