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Smallest space my belongings could fit (unbroken):

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Less than 1 cubic meter
  521 votes / 2%
Less than 5 cubic meters
  3982 votes / 21%
Less than 50 cubic meters
  7033 votes / 37%
Less than 500 cubic meters
  2573 votes / 13%
Less than 5000 cubic meters
  778 votes / 4%
My empire cannot be bound by such restrictions.
  4031 votes / 21%
18918 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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  • Re:Furniture (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 18, 2011 @09:21AM (#38415704)

    That depends whether they count the property they live in. If so, it's "less than 500" if it's an apartment, or "less than 5000" if it's anything else (smaller than a mansion).

  • Re:Furniture (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mrxak (727974) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @10:18AM (#38415998)

    I'm prepared to accept that my definition of "belongings" is not the same as everyone else's, but I would not consider a home nor a vehicle to be "belongings". Those are property, yes, but belongings feels more like the stuff you put in those homes or vehicles, not the homes or vehicles themselves.

    Anyway, if you can fit all your stuff in one of those 26 foot long U-Haul trucks, you're in the under 50 category. Considering U-Haul says that truck is good for moving 4 bedroom houses, that should just about cover most people.

    The only real question is, would all your stuff fit into the under 5? For a college student, probably. A stereotypical slashdotter living in their parents' basement, probably. An apartment or condo dweller, unlikely, unless it's a really small place with no room for furniture.

  • bah (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Blymie (231220) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @10:41AM (#38416146)

    As I expected, there is at least one comment about how "Not everyone is obsessed with amassing property."

    That comment was, of course, made in response to someone talking about how large their bed is. Yes, owning a bed is now considered "amassing property" by some nutjobs.

    Regardless, my whole point is different than that. Property size can correlate directly to where you live.

    As an example, merely by living in a colder climate -- one requires an entire array of winter gear that someone without ice, snow, and -40C temperatures does. This expands to more than merely coats, boots, and portable heaters. It also includes things such as snowblowers or snow shovels, skis and snow shoes (instead of just a bicycle for summer exercise).

    I can think of many tools I own, merely because of the climate I live in. Tools such as booster cables, battery booster packs, extension cords with lights (to show that they are working, when you plug them into your block heater for your car).

    This sort of logic expands to what type of dwelling you live in. If you live in a house, instead of an apartment -- well then, you're going to likely want some form of lawn mowing device. Rakes, shovels, work gloves. Soon, the list expands, a variety of tools to repair your dwelling -- unless you want to throw money at contractors merely to paint your house and the like.

    My point? Well, clearly the comment I mocked at the starting of this post was thrown by someone that doesn't comprehend these things.. and likely there are others as silly as well.

    Don't even get me started on what is required if you own a farm. Or your own business. Such things are your "belongings" as well, but to be inane enough to pull the "greed" card -- well, small minded indeed.

  • by JustinOpinion (1246824) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @02:22PM (#38417826)
    It also depends what you mean by "belongings", though. Some people will interpret it to be all the "stuff" they own (clothes, computers, furniture, etc.). But my car is also a "belonging" and if I include it in the calculation, it accounts for a large fraction by volume. (Of course, if I'm allowed to store other stuff inside the car for the purposes of computing total volume, that changes things... That can be done without breaking anything, but somehow seems like it's violating the premise of the question, which is asking how much space all of your stuff normally takes up.)

    Also, for those people who own houses, or plots of land, that would substantially increase the size of their belongings.

    Point being that when interpreting the spread of answers, you have to account for the variation in how people interpret the question. (Note that I'm not complaining about "lack of options" or "lack of precision" in a Slashdot poll. Actually, one of the things I like about Slashdot polls is the analysis that goes on in the comments about how fundamentally unclear the question is. Slashdotters are probably more pedantic and detail-oriented than most people, but it's still a useful exercise... reminding us to be weary of the results of surveys, for instance, since how the question is worded, and interpreted by respondents, can massively affect the distribution of answers, and thus the analysis of the data.)
  • Re:Furniture (Score:2, Insightful)

    by cayenne8 (626475) on Monday December 19, 2011 @02:53PM (#38425392) Homepage Journal

    I just can't picture in my head how much would be in cubic meters.

    This is a US centric site, why didn't they go with what most normal people measure in over here and go for cubic feet?

    You measure your house in square feet....would be easier to picture that and add another dimension.

    I'm too lazy to look up on google for the conversion...but if it was in feet, I could likely picture what an good estimate would be since I generally know my houses square footage.

  • Re:Furniture (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Gonoff (88518) on Monday December 19, 2011 @03:28PM (#38425774)
    Perhaps they noticed the date (2012). Perhaps they realised that cubic feet are about as meaningful and up to date as furlongs, hogsheads and acre feet.
  • Re:Furniture (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Fallingcow (213461) on Monday December 19, 2011 @04:34PM (#38426552) Homepage

    You don't even own your body!

    This will come as a surprise to most people, but you have to feed the silly thing or it dies! How unfair is that? You have to give it resources or you don't get to keep it anymore. Ridiculous.

  • Re:Furniture (Score:5, Insightful)

    by deniable (76198) on Tuesday December 20, 2011 @12:23AM (#38430426)

    >This is a US centric site, why didn't they go with what most normal people measure

    US centric, maybe. Normal centric, probably not.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown


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