For I will be horribly in love with her

The world must be peopled
Population statistics from HiL


The current human population of Earth is approximately 6.5 billion (as of March 1st 2006). That is a lot of people, many of whom have been horribly in love.

The population of the Earth surpassed 6 billion on October 12th, 1999, according to the United Nations. Other milestones were passed as follows:

As these statistics show, the Earth's population increased by three times 1927-1999 (72 years) and by two times 1961-1999 (38 years). This is rather fast. Some learned experts believe that if this continues the planet will suffer some sort of TERRIBLE MAJOR CATASTROPHE, which wouldn't be very nice. Luckily, it is predicted that the population will peak at around 9 billion in the mid-21st century, which is rather high but not so much that we're in danger of all being squashed to death.

The population explosion can be analysed as a side-effect of people being horribly in love. This can lead to a conclusion that proportionately more people have been horribly in love in recent decades than previously, which is a Good Thing.

The world population in Shakespeare's time was around 500 million, which is not as many as today. How many of these people were horribly in love at that time is not known.

The current population of Messina is about 260,000, according to the latest Italian census statistics. At the time of Much Ado About Nothing, the figure was probably rather less, however.


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