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How many gallons of human blood are there?

For this we need to know how many people there are and the average amount of blood in each one. Unfortunately, I will be assuming that all humans are adult sized with an adult amount of blood, which I’m fairly sure is not the case, so the estimated value will be higher than the actual value by a fairly substantial amount.
Now then. As of January 3rd, 2014, the date which this was written, the Worldometers world population clock [1] put the total world population at about 7.204 billion people.
As for blood, hypertextbook [2] cites several scientific studies which have found that the amount of blood in the average adult is right around 5 liters (or about 5 quarts). This means that the average person has about 1.25 gallons of blood.
By multiplying the two results we find that the total amount of human blood is right around 9 billion gallons.
Using data from a 2010 Pew poll of world religions [3] we find that there are 2.8 billion gallons of Christian blood, 2.1 billion gallons of Muslim blood, 1.4 gallons of Hindu blood and only 18 million gallons of Jewish blood. (These numbers don’t add up to the total because of other religions and the 1.5 gallons of unaffiliated blood)

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Prophets of Islam and the Muslim Jesus

Disclaimer: This post is in no way intended to frame any religion in a negative light, and the primary source for this post is this Wikipedia article. I understand if the views presented as common in this post do not square with your personal views, they are meant as generalizations and I in no way claim to be an expert in any religious study.

In this post, the word “prophet” is used to refer to any person who, in a given religious tradition, has held the audience of any of said religion’s gods. In this case, some of the prophets of Islam include (names in Anglicized form) Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus, again, I’m generalizing here, is regarded as a prophet and leader of the Jewish people in Islamic tradition, born of the virgin Mary and who ascended into heaven rather than being crucified. Both Jesus and Muhammad are descendants of Abraham, with Muhammad being the descendant of Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar, while Jesus is the descendant of Isaac, son of Abraham and Sarah. Of course, one major difference between Islamic and Christian views of Jesus is that (many) Christians regard Jesus to be the literal son of God or God incarnate who died for the sins of humanity, while (many) Muslims reject such claims.

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Popes

Perhaps the most well known line of Popes is the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church beginning, supposedly, with Saint Peter in AD 33. The current Roman Catholic Pope is Pope Benedict XVI, who became the Roman Catholic Pope in 2005. The longest reigning Roman Catholic Pope was Pope Pius IX, who reigned for 31 years from 1846 to 1878. The shortest reigning Pope was Pope Urban VII who reigned for 13 days during September 1590. There are also Coptic and Greek Orthodox Popes who are also called Patriarchs. The current Greek Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa (that’s his full title) is Patriarch Theodore II. There currently is no Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa (again, full title). The Coptic Metropolitan Pachomios is the serving Patriarch. Finally, there are Popes of the parody religion Discordianism. According to their parody holy book Principia Discordia, everyone is the Discordian Pope and the Discordian Pope has many silly powers including the power to “completely rework the Erisian church”.

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