The answer to “How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck?”

One of the age’s great questions may have finally been solved:
“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”


A recent Reddit comment thread featured two users that did the math to come up with the answer of 1 Cubic Meter.

franksands wrote:
According to Wolfram Alpha:

A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. (According to the tongue twister, although the paper “The Ability of Woodchucks to Chuck Cellulose Fibers” by P.A. Paskevich and T.B. Shea in Annals of Improbable Research vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 4-9, July/August 1995, concluded that a woodchuck can chuck 361.9237001 cubic centimeters of wood per day.)

This was followed up by further details.

roboduck wrote:

According to Wikipedia, woodchucks in captivity live between 9 and 14 years. Let’s estimate 12 years for an average life span. Furthermore, let us assume that the woodchuck does not begin chucking wood until it is 1 year old, after which it chucks wood 6 days a week, with an average of 10 days off every year for holidays and sick leave, until it retires at the age of 10. This would give us (9(652) – 10) = 2798 wood-chucking days. 2798*362cm3 conveniently gives us 1 cubic meter.

So there answer for how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood is 1 cubic meter.

Incidentally, that is actually the SI definition of a cubic meter.