Bigger Bugs!

Have you noticed that the anthropomorphic bug characters aren't as small & tiny as Earth bugs? The bugs of the planet Earth maybe only 1 pica tall on the average, but the bugs of Blueworld (AKA Photonis) are more toy-sized! (By the way, a pica is 1/6 of an inch in case you didn't know.)

The rodents of Blueworld (like Mack Ah'Roni the Mouse) are a little bigger than the rodents of Earth, too, but this is about the anthropomorphic bugs! The 3 anthropomorphic spiders: Olivia & her cousin Alice Spider, & their friend Spidy Arachnid are perhaps the biggest of the memorable bug characters; and they're bigger than Earth spiders. Dick the Mosquito is the next smaller bug character after Spidy; the next smaller one after Dick is Archy Ant, and finally Whisky the Wanderer Bug is the smallest one of all. You can read their heights & widths in the following column chart.

Note: Each bug character is as thick as he/she is wide.

If you seen the saga of Archy's Podophobia, you should have noticed how big Archy was compared to Goldilocks' size 8 1/2 feet. If you don't count the antennae, he is about 3/4 as tall as her feet are long; a woman's size 8 1/2 feet are 9 inches + 7/8 of an inch long. 3/4 of that size is 7 inches + 13/32 of an inch, which is equal to 44.4375 picas, which is equal to 533.25 points. (A point is also a unit of length equal to 1/12 of a pica, which is 1/72 of an inch!) Also, Goldilocks' feet are 3 inches + 1/4 of an inch wide. Archy's width is half of the width of her feet! The length of her feet in picas is 59.25; in points, that's 711.

Click on the image to see a bonus animation!

One more thing, from the information you read just now, can you figure out how big the other bug characters are compared to Goldilocks' feet? Feel free to use a calculator if necessary, and remember her shoe size is 8 1/2.

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