Feb 22, 2011

Operation: Ball Pit

Over the weekend I checked out H-IT-Man's new mansion. When I walked through the front door, I immediately noticed a giant empty room that had "BALL PIT!" written all over it. I stayed for a couple hours and talked about kickass man stuff. When it was time to go, I brought up the ball pit idea. It went something like this,

Me: "Can I turn this room into a ball pit and then come over and hang out in it whenever I want?" (In my mind, I pictured sprawling out on top of the ball pit ocean with a pina colada and Hawaiian shirt on.)

Brett: "Yes."

So my mind went to work. I did a little research and crunched some numbers with the help of the math genius A Da Cheeks. Here is a breakdown on the cost to fill up a 10x10 room 3 feet high with ball pit balls:

  • 10 x 10 x 3 = 300 cubic feet
  • 72 balls per cubic feet
  • 72 x 300 = 21600 balls
  • The balls come in case of 500 balls/case
  • Each case is $99.95 (the cost for 40-99 cases)
  • 21600 / 500 = 43.2 cases
  • 43.2 x $99.95 = $4317.84

Source: http://www.ballpoolballs.com/prices.html

To recap, if you want to fill a 10 x 10 x 3 area up with ball pit balls, it will cost $4317.94.

So much for that. Now to look up the cost (as Cheeks suggests) for mass quantities of packing peanuts...