# Which One Wins, the Spaghetti or the Meatball?

Spaghetti and meatballs are perfect together. So Mateo C. asked, was the world’s biggest meatball bigger than the world’s longest piece of pasta? Well, by length or width, the pasta won by a mile, in fact by more than 2 miles: the longest pasta ever made stretched 12,388 feet! Next to that, the world’s biggest meatball was only 4 feet wide, which doesn’t sound so big. On the other hand, that meatball weighed 1,110 pounds! How much did the pasta weigh? We can use math to guess: 24 foot-long linguini noodles weigh only 1 ounce (our team here weighed it ourselves). So 16 of those sets, or 384 feet of pasta, weigh 1 pound. A 12,388-foot pasta strand has about 32 sets of 384 feet, so it weighed about 32 pounds. Still, the meatball crushed it!

Wee ones: What shape is a meatball?

Little kids: If you serve yourself 1 world-record meatball and 7 normal-sized ones, how many meatballs do you have?  Bonus: If 3 of those roll off your plate, how many meatballs are left?

Big kids: If for dinner you ate just 1/10 of the 1,110-pound meatball, would your meal weigh more or less than you?  Bonus: If you and your car weigh 2,000 pounds total, and a bridge can hold only 4,000 pounds of weight, can you drive the 1,110-pound meatball across it?

The sky’s the limit: If you have 1,000-pound meatballs and 30-pound pasta noodles, how many of each do you have if your whole meal weighs 3,200 pounds?