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Two million people in Times Square: - the Bull, say experts

Police in New York say that two million will take part during new year celebrations in Times Square in years. Completely impossible, say experts.

The annual countdown at Times Square, where this year's last 60 seconds counted down while a ball is falling, should be observed by a crowd of people who incontrovertibly is great.

But it is hardly as large as the police and the organizers in New York boasts of, believes the expert in the crowd, professor G. Keith Still.

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this Year's festarrangører say, then, that two million will come, and that they have the estimate from the police of the metropolis. Also the city's mayor have confronted the same number of participants. They would in that case be closer than herring in the barrel.

- in General, tend people to overestimere crowds of 10 to 100 times, says Set.

Professor of mathematics at New York University, Charles Seife argues, it comes more than it actually does, and more for every year, helping to fortify the impression of New York City as the world's navel. the

In 1998, the police in New York' that about 500 000 people were present during the countdown. Seife think that the more correct number is around 100 000 people.

Capacity of 51 000,

Times Square has a capacity of 51 000 people to the stand with a density of three per square meters, or 86 000 if one stands with five people per square meter. the

But when it starts to get crowded.

Seife says that it is possible to pack up to 120 000 people in Times Square, but then there will be seven people on every square metre and be very difficult to move around or at all.

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