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Cars Powered By Sugar?

Could automobiles run on sugar rather than gas?

 

alternate fuel for autosThis sounds strange but it could be considered “thinking outside the box.” According to my calculations (see note1), a 120 lb person will only burn about 65 calories while walking a mile. You can get that many calories in about four M&M candy pieces! Or, more in line with my automobile thinking, about four teaspoons of sugar provides  65 calories.

Just consider, at that rate, you could travel almost 30 miles on one pound of sugar. The price of gasoline is now averaging over $3 per gallon. Sugar, on the other hand is about 60 cents per pound. So, for the same $3, you could travel about 30 miles in a car or consume 5 pounds of sugar and walk about 150 miles!

Now, I realize that the auto makers don’t want to hear this, so I don’t expect them to start sending me royalties on the idea of using sugar to power automobiles. And I doubt that a lot of you lazy people are inclined to walk everywhere you go, so I don’t know if this is feasible or not. But if the price of gasoline goes much over $4 a gallon, you may see me walking to town to buy more sugar!

Ok, so I am not REALLY serious about all this. It is a bit humorous (and some people question whether I have any sense of humor). More to the point, it demonstrates how EFFICIENT our bodies are. Ask anyone who has tried to diet and loose weight – when our body is facing a period of fasting, it will become even MORE efficient and utilize even fewer calories for the same amount of work.

I guess that is why the Psalmist said,

Ps 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

I am highly favored and blessed beyond measure,
Ray

Note1: Info from http://www.chacha.com/ , There are about 115 teaspoons of sugar to the pound; How many calories does the average person burn while walking 1 mile?  calories = .53 times person’s weight.

Note2: Although it is not recommended to actually add sugar to a gas tank, it probably would not do a lot of harm (contrary to popular belief). Ref: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/fuel-consumption/sugar-in-gas-tank.htm

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